Professional Development

Improving Teaching and Learning

The Center for Educational Improvement (CEI) offers professional development, training, and consulting services to principals, teachers, leadership teams, and districts. By sharing evidence-based 21st century innovations in learning, we help you raise student performance in culturally sensitive and uplifting ways.

CEI will customize our services to your needs. We can deliver them in-person on-site, remotely via the web, or in blended formats (combining in person and virtual)— including our Wow!™ approach.

Heart Beaming, Yoga and Meditation Workshops – New Offerings and Expanded Services! 

In 2016, CEI is expanding our offerings to provide technical assistance, workshops, and consultations on yoga and meditation. Dr. Christine Mason is a certified yoga teacher and certified Radiant Child yoga teacher.  She has taught yoga to adults for 15 years (teaching from two-five classes per week on a weekly basis) and is certified not only in Yoga Basics, but also as a Level II yoga teacher with additional coursework in conscious communication. Dr. Mason has an extensive background in using breathwork, calming music, and gentle movements with students. She was on the Board of Directors (Education Director) of an international boarding school where children from the around the world came to study yoga. This included serving 4-months as the interim principal at that school.

CEI is pleased that we are now able to offer sessions in heart beaming, yoga and meditation as either stand alone sessions or in conjunction with other workshops. Beginning in February, 2016, any district or school that registers for a CEI workshop, will be able to add a 45-minute yoga or meditation session for interested attendees or their students at no additional cost. This includes providing guidance to teachers about how to introduce breathing, yoga, heart beaming, and meditation into your classes. We are able to advise teachers about how to use yoga, breathwork, heart beaming, and meditation with students at all levels.

We are also available to deliver more extensive workshops on Yoga and Meditation.  In the 21st Century, we believe that yoga and meditation are two of the most advanced strategies for improving lives and improving schools.

Weekly Yoga and Meditation Classes. Dr. Mason is currently teaching yoga and meditation weekly in Oakton and Vienna, VA. She is teaching both private sessions and at the local Fairfax County Parks and Recreation Department. Dr. Mason was trained in Kundalini Yoga by Yogi Bhajan who brought Kundalini Yoga to the West from India. She follows the Kundalini Yoga approach to yoga and incorporates other yogic practices such as Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa into her warm-ups that precede each Kundalini Yoga set. She recommends that schools include components from each.  Yoga can be a life-transforming practice. Dr. Mason’s yoga students, some of whom  have been with her for over a decade, are enthusiastic about her teaching and the approach she uses. Click here to view their recommendations. Contact her at cmason@edimprovement.org for information on times and dates.

Range of Services

We offer school leaders a wide range of professional development services:

  • Mentoring and coaching principals in innovations to become transformational leaders who support continuous improvement, build staff capacity and morale, and embrace data-driven decision-making. We are particularly focused on a collaboration with NAESP to develop principal mentoring for instructional leadership.
  • Closing the gap between what is known about student achievement and what is practiced in schools—particularly in the areas of rigor in the classroom; neuroscience; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); and Heart Centered Education (our signature approach to social emotional learning compassion, courage, confidence, consciousness, and community).
  • Building conscious school communities through visioning and facilitating communication, leadership, and heart centered activities. CEI embraces cultural diversity in all aspects of our service delivery.
  • Designing protocol, curriculum, and instructional strategies harnessing data to personalize instruction in mixed-ability classrooms and increase student engagement and self-determination. Our approach is inclusive.  We help you personalize, differentiate, and scaffold instruction to meet the unique needs of students who are English language learners, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or other disabilities, or have specific gifts and talents.
  • Unleashing every school’s potential to be a great school—building on the strengths and interests of  the schools while introducing innovations and improving practices.

Customized Training

CEI’s team offers cutting-edge, practical, hands-on workshops to lead your school or district to excellence, such as our Rigor Workshops and STEM Workshops. We also offer training modules customized to meet your individual school or district’s needs. Our training modules can be delivered in one- to three-hour sessions or combined into multi-day workshops. Please select a training module category below to learn more about our them.

 


As we begin 2014,  CEI is spotlighting a few of our most popular modules:

pc460607_wWhen and How to Reteach: Sometimes the most effective way to increase student learning is to reteach a topic until a student masters it. Let us help you determine when reteaching is appropriate. We consider reteaching in light of academic rigor, mastery, and personalization of instruction. brain4050544Data-Driven Instruction: Data-driven instruction is a proven method for improving student achievement. In this module, you will learn to identify, gather, and analyze the most useful assessment data to meet high academic standards and make critical instructional decisions. Businessman with Soccer BallAdding Wow! to Your Class: Using basic theatrical strategies enhances student engagement. This module is not intended to turn you into a late-night comedian, but it is geared to helping you add some mystery, drama, and timing changes to your classroom to captivate students.
Pride in workExecutive Skills and Self-Directed Learners Students can be taught to reflect on what they are doing and step back or take a “time-out.” This pause provides a mental space that pulls them away from the immediate activity and invites them to evaluate what is happening. Learn to plan ways to build executive and metacognition skills. heart beamingHeart Beaming: Heart Beaming is a fun, cheap, and easy way to help students relieve stress, improve performance, and enhance classroom interactions through song, dance, movement, fun, laughter, and positive thinking. In this module, you will learn yoga/meditation practice and how to combine it with Heart Beaming. Children at schoolMath Makeovers: How do we improve math teaching and learning? We explore practices that have been effective in turning math programs from ineffective to successful. Learn what your colleagues in the United States and globally are doing to raise student engagement to an entirely refreshed level.
principal and teacherCourageous Leadership for Aspiring LeadersA highly effective teacher is the most influential person impacting student achievement while a principal is the single most influential person in a school. In this module, we review the skills and strategies used by courageous leaders. dreamstimesmall_4220746Classroom Observation to Enhance Early Language: Classroom observation can be a powerful instructional tool to help you nourish children’s early literacy and language development. We offer multiple tools and insights for effective observation and feedback strategies—useful for school principals, teachers, and other educational leaders. MEV86010Integrating the ArtsEducational research extolls the importance of arts education. Whether it is the role of dopamine in engaging learners or the growth of empathy found in students who play musical instruments together, research proves the arts improve learning and readiness for college.

 

Please contact Dr. Christine Mason at cmason@edimprovement.org or (800) 386-2377 for more information on pricing and/or bringing CEI’s professional development services to your school, district, or conference. To design a customized approach for your school, district, or conference, we offer two hours of free consultation.