CHILD: Professional Development for Elementary School Teachers

Project CHILD is a complete staff development program that not only provides the techniques to improve instruction, but also the tools to make it happen. CHILD teachers learn to use the research-based CHILD materials which are updated annually by Innovative Educational Programs (IEP). CHILD educators also have access to a vast array of teaching resources free on the IEP website, as well as reduced registration for regional events.

Teachers will learn the main tenets of the Project CHILD instructional system which are:

  • Teaming and collaboration
  • Technology integration
  • Hands-on active learning

Interactive workshops and expert coaching will show teachers how to…

Use Standards to Drive Instruction

When teachers teach to standards, the students are well-prepared for their state tests. CHILD teachers move beyond textbook teaching to let the common standards drive instruction. The CHILD On-line resources provide a variety of ancillary learning activities aligned with standards to supplement text materials.

Differentiate Instruction through Small Group Learning Stations

CHILD teachers learn to differentiate practice activities; not only by skill level, but also by learning style. CHILD tools include kits with learning games and hands-on activities, technology tie-ins, and pre-printed Task Cards that include a challenge level. CHILD teachers also have a repertoire of cross-grade materials to challenge students across multiple skill levels.

Increase Time-on-Task

Students who are engaged are students who are learning. CHILD teachers learn to create vibrant and exciting classrooms with differentiated learning activities that go beyond one-dimensional instruction. Project CHILD tools include student Passports, Daily Station Assignment Boards, and classroom Procedures Posters.

Provide Purposeful Practice

Students learn more when engaged in purposeful practice, not busy work.  This also frees the teacher to work productively with small learning groups. CHILD teachers learn to set up and plan engaging activities at six small-group learning stations. CHILD station-planning tools include ready-to-go activities with pre-printed Task Cards.

Integrate Technology into Instruction

Computers, tablets, social networking, and instant messaging rule the world for today’s child. CHILD teachers learn how to capture this natural curiosity by using technology as an integral part of daily work. CHILD tools include Internet web activities, social networking, connections with other technologies and personal learning tools widely available on the market.

Empower Students to Take Responsibility

In some standard classrooms the teacher is working very hard, but the students are hardly working. CHILD reverses this, using various techniques to ensure that students take responsibility for their own learning. CHILD tools include the Passports, Station Patrol Packs, and various motivational certificates and stamps.

Use Authentic Assessments to Monitor Station Work

CHILD teachers learn to assess station work to assure that standards are being met. The CHILD Station Assessment Guide includes rubrics and templates available on-line.

Grow Professionally through Teamwork, Collaboration, and Specialization

CHILD teachers also learn to work collaboratively as part of a learning community. Through specialization they can teach to their strengths, plan together as subject experts, as well as plan vertically with their cross-grade cluster team. No more isolation and waiting for help to come. The CHILD materials include templates for collaborative planning, meeting agendas, and forms for peer observations in one another’s classrooms.