CTL has proven to be a very professional organization. The Collaborative for Teaching and Learning as a partner in the Striving Readers Project provided coach and administrator training to schools involved in the program. The preparation, planning, implementation, and follow up by CTL has helped our Literacy Coach, Administration, and faculty to grow and further develop our vision of incorporating a School Wide Content Area Literacy based curriculum at our school. We look forward to partnering with CTL in the future.
CTL has helped our school reach out to our struggling readers. The ideas, methods, and strategies that CTL have shown teachers are outstanding and well received by the students. Students and teachers are writing and reading more through the use of technology. This is a major accomplishment for our area. Many students do not have computers in their homes. We are moving into the 21st century and CTL has played a major role in our school's accomplishments.
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.
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.
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....