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September 7, 2010

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September 7, 2010

The CTL was an intricate part of the National Middle Grades Project. Starting out as the Kentucky component of the project, CTL soon gained a leadership role within the project. As a professional educator, I have never worked with a team of educators that were more prepared or more driven to share their knowledge for excellence in teaching and learning. Even more amazing is their quest for continuing to learn through research and hands on involvement within classrooms across the state and the nation. Within my professional career I have never been more challenged to excel or felt more successful in my profession than in the three years spent as a part of the CTL team.

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working within the CTL as a member of the National Middle Grades Project I have also worked with the CTL as an On-site coordinator for GEARUP in planning for our annual Kentucky GEARUP Alliance Institute.

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About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 7, 2010

My job as a Literacy/Writing Specialist has been to provide instructional resources to teachers, administrators, and students. The Collabortaive For Teaching And Learning has always been a key source for information, lessons, and technology. In my experience, anything they produce has been great: thoroughly developed, currently valid, teacher-friendly, focused on classroom instruction and aligned with our standards.

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The teachers and schools I've worked with have used the materials I have brought to them from the CTL. Our assessment scores have steadily increased over the last several years.

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I would do more advertising with school administrators.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

User-friendly lessons and teacher resources

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, focused trainers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

improve and make quality instruction more equally accessible to all students

Ways to make it better...

Workshops were distributed to more parts of the state

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding available and advertising the value of their services

One thing I'd also say is that...

The educational quality of the work producted by CTL is unsurpassed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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CTL offered a program at the college where I teach c alled content literacy. The purpose of the program was to improve the teaching skills of the faculty that participated. The focus of the program was to teach students how to read to learn and write to learn so they could better teach themselves. The program focused on student centered learning. CTL practiced what they preached. Several techniques were explained and then we participated in the techniques. We used the techniques to learn the techniques. The experience overall was a good one. Although CTL states that the techniques are pertinent to all fields I did not find this to be the case in several instances. I think the experience would have been more effective if the participants were from similar diciplines so the techniques could be adjusted better to fit that dicipline. The faculty at the CTL were very helpful. Someone even came to your classroom to observe you implementing their techniques and give you feedback on what they saw.

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I have implemented some of the teaching techniques I learned in my class and have had success with these.

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Exposure to new teaching tecdhniques

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very helpful and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Bring their program to many more institutions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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CTL is one of the premier consulting organizations in the country. I was extremely impressed with the expertise of their consultants and coaches. They motivate teachers to look at teaching in new ways.

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As a Superintendent, I was always looking for better ways to provide the training needed for teachers. CTL opened the door to the kinds of new thinking I wanted teachers to experience.

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About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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CTL is a non profit professional development group that provides training to various schools and organizations around the world. Five years ago several organizations in Kentucky collaboratively wrote a federal research grant (Striving Readers) to determine the effectiveness of literacy strategies to improve adolescent reading through a school wide model and a targeted intervention model. CTL provided the professional development for the school wide model, Adolescent Literacy Model, for the duration of the research project. The staff from CTL were very professional, knowledgeable and dedicated to the project. CTL has been instrumental in the design of the project and overall training in the project. CTL staff supported all components of the project including the targeted intervention. All evaluations of CTL's work was excellent citing updated info and research based strategies. The work developed and implemented was superb to any I have seen in my 36 years in education. Always prompt and punctual and ready to deliver. And always keeping the students and teachers as the focal point. Their work focused on each individual school needs. All partners have been very impressed with CTL's work and many plan to continue the work with CTL even after the project is completed in Spring 2011.

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The evaluations, surveys, data collected and informal conversations from the 23 schools in the Striving Readers Project on CTL's work have always been excellent. From informal data the schoolwide model has been very successful.

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No changes, just encouragement. CTL needs to continue their excellent work across Kentucky and the world to help students to learn to read. Their expertise in the field of adolescent literacy should continue to be shared.

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I have enjoyed working with an organization that is prompt, reliable and dedicated to the project. The staff expertise in literacy was invaluable to our Striving Readers project.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

CTL's staff were experts in the content literacy field. All were very professional and dedicated to the project.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Train the whole state of Kentucky in adolescent content literacy strategies and provide training internationally! Our SR project has opened the doors for immprovement in adolescent literacy and CTL has been the forerunner of this project.

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My experience was very good. CTL's expertise in adolescent literacy provided a wealth of information, strategies and support to the 950+ teachers within the 23 schools of the project.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The biggest challenges facing this organization was having the manpower to complete training for 23 schools and 950+ teachers in literacy in all content areas. They met the challenge with quality work and support throughout the duration of the project.

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CTL staff is very professional and dedicated to improving adolescent literacy. Their work reflects high quality and support to students, staff and administrators across the state.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 2, 2010

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September 2, 2010

I first encountered the Collaborative when I was in search of expertise for reporting on local education issues. I soon learned that the staff there shared my belief that students are not the PRODUCTS of schools, but their customers. In the past several years, CTL has been our most helpful and complete resource on education matters. The staff fully understands the needs and reach of television news, particularly in the ability to speak through our telecasts to parents and students in a language they can understand.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

consulting with staff in reporting on issues in education.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 1, 2010

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September 1, 2010

In all the ways I have helped CTL, I have been blown away by the impact thier programs are having on teachers and children. I have witnessed example after example of students achieving great things from the poorest communities in Mississippi, to the wealthiest ares of Los Angeles and every where inbetween. They are making a real difference in so many ways. Fantastic people!

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By seeing for myself the impact they make in classrooms across the country.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would find a way to help them increase their funding in order to give them every opportunity to do more fantastic work!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so very committed and driven to help others.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the face of education in our country!

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to dedicate.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding and spreading the word in a very "noisy" space.

One thing I'd also say is that...

These people are the best of the best!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 1, 2010

I was fortunate to participate in a CTL workshop on Content Literacy in 2008. Over the course of a semester, I met with CTL staff and colleagues from my college to learn techniques that would help us help our students learn more effectively. Since then, I've incorporated many things I learned in my teaching: anticipation guides, freyer models, socratic argument, paired verbal fluency. I was also introduced to graphic novels as a teaching tool at one session. Since then, I've built a small (aobut 300 volume) graphic novel collection at our college library, given a presentation on building lessons using graphic novels and will soon present at a state-wide library conference. Kudos to CTL for introducing so many faculty to new ideas -- that information has made so many of us better teachers....

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The quality of my own teaching has improved, and I've observed in my colleagues successful use of things we learned through the workshops they provide.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their funding so that they can serve more teachers and indirectly serve more students

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the great staff. They have knowledge and they are willing to share!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic! Smart, articulate, helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Grow their programs and expand their reach.

Ways to make it better...

it had been longer. The semester long workshop was excellent, but I wish I had the opportunity to return for more training.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

budgetary.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 1, 2010

In 2008 I participated in Content Literacy training through CTL. This was a wonderful experience for a college professor. As a professor, you focus so strongly on your discipline area that actually learning to teach is sometimes pushed aside. This training gave me the materials and skills to try out new active learning techniques in my classroom. The follow-up sessions and opportunities to work with other faculty across disciplines was particularly helpful in learning to apply the ideas to my classes. This training basically helped me learn some new techniques and ideas for reaching my students. Even though I may not use the exact techniques, the concept of active learning and the types of activities I learned helped me to become a stronger college teacher.

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The techniques and specific teaching activities I can now do in my college classroom.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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