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This training is well organized and focused. I’ve finally received the direction I’ve been looking for in writing instruction. The trainers are energetic and knowledgeable. This training is interactive and informative.
Prior to participating in Core Connections’ professional development, I was not comfortable teaching writing. The materials and strategies provided have made me excited to teach the reading and writing connection. I highly recommend these trainings.
The Core Connections training has allowed me to broaden my knowledge of writing across the curriculum and has given me chances to work to improve my students’ writing in a variety of ways. The resources provided have been successful in making my students better writers.
Core Connections has positively impacted social studies instruction and has allowed students and teachers to make explicit connections across content areas. Students are hearing the same “language” from their teachers. Teachers are enjoying the ability to engage students with historical thinking skills while working with complex texts, examining sources and arranging evidence so students can express their learning like historians do - through writing.
Professional development money spent on Core Connections is a wise choice of professional development for teachers for many reasons. I highly recommend their training!
Osceola has continued the partnership with Core Connections to provide professional development with a focus on Common Core English Language Arts Standards and lesson development. The dynamic group of Core Connections consultants delivers on-going, grade specific training with the goal of building teacher knowledge about text dependent response writing. Outcomes include... a cohesive writing curriculum across the grade levels and a customized solution for (Florida Standards) ELA implementation.
Core Connections is the most helpful, useful professional development that I’ve personally received. Core Connections now drives all aspects of my school’s writing curriculum across the ELA content area. In my role as instructional coach, it’s exciting to see teachers consistently return from a Core Connections training and feedback session eager to implement and infuse the strategies into their lessons with confidence and to see students respond and their writing improve as a result. The impact the Core Connections consultants and their methods and materials have had on Orange County’s teachers’ and, thus students’, preparedness for the ELA Florida Standards Assessment is immeasurable.
Core Connections is an amazing training. Teaching the writing process through multiple texts and using the strategies/tools provided to me has been quite the learning experience. Since I am more confident teaching writing, my students have shown amazing improvement in their overall structure and focus. Honestly speaking, Core Connections education is priceless!
It is so nice to attend a workshop with relevant, first-grade specific lessons. I think my entire team is excited to implement these new ideas.
Core Connections has changed the way I think about reading and writing. It is more than simply a writing curriculum, it encourages student thinking and shows writers how to organize and express their thoughts in meaningful ways. Our students are not just developing their writing skills, they are developing themselves as learners thanks to Core Connections and their curriculum.
My teachers found the information and writing tools to be user friendly and easy to implement. I have worked with Lori Gandolfo for over 13 years. She is a knowledgable curriculum leader who makes it real for the teachers.
The Core Connection training is very informative and well organized. The trainers are energetic and knowledgeable about the material. The lessons were relevant and specific to the grade levels attending the workshop. I was able to go back to my classroom and implement their ideas the very next day.
Thank you for these valuable resources!!! I continue to hear positive feedback from our teachers who worked with you. They feel energized and empowered about continuing their writing instruction.
This training has empowered our teachers to take the reigns and incorporate an integrated writing curriculum. The modeling and pacing practices provided by the experts at Core Connections have inspired us to think win-win when it comes to writing!
This training, over the past couple of years, has been invaluable. I began teaching saying “I do not desire to EVER be placed in a ‘writing grade’ and I have now been in “that grade” for several years, growing as a writer AND a teacher of writing. Each training, I leave with the information I need and it is presented in such a way that I can implement it immediately.
Ana was the writing facilitator this month for both my 2nd and Kindergarten teams in Osceola County. Both grade levels came back to school raving about the training that was provided to them.
The professional development provided by Core Connections is of the highest quality. I’ve been able to implement the strategies learned in my classroom the very next day. I feel that my students were prepared for the state test because of the lessons and strategies shared with me. Each segment of the training builds upon the last, developing the tools and strategies into a bigger picture of overall reading and writing success. The trainings offer opportunities to collaborate with colleagues under the guidance of expert leaders. Core Connections isn’t “sit and get” professional development, it’s a hands-on, helmets-on, buckle-your-seatbelt operation!
Core Connections is a driving force behind Citrus County Schools’ success with elementary ELA standards! Not just a program or curriculum, Core Connections offers teachers fail proof strategies to promote reading and writing across all content areas. In our district, the implementation of Core Connections spread like wild fire as teachers realized its positive effects on students’ reading AND writing performance.As for Core Connections trainings, our teachers are begging for more sessions led by Anastasia Peters! Anastasia models exemplary practices for K-5 writing instruction and provides meaningful, standards-based resources. She shows how easily writing integrates with all content areas, and helps teachers realize their students’ fullest writing potential. By far, her sessions are the most sought after trainings among our elementary teachers.
Our writing scores definitely improved this year! Seven of our fifth graders got a 10! Many more of my kids were 8 and 9. I’m so relieved because writing is my favorite subject, and I knew I have always been a good writing teacher. But, my kids were getting so many level 6, and I didn’t understand what they wanted! I’m so happy we had you train us. I’m going to make sure our new principal knows how much the writing scores improved this year. Thank you for everything!