On-Site Training and Professional Development
Chartwell faculty has significant expertise in the identification, assessment, and academic remediation of students with specific learning variations. Unfortunately, standard credential programs for classroom teachers often do not address strategies for identifying or teaching many of these students. Chartwell School is pleased to offer customized training workshops for other organizations and schools. CALL Director, Kristen Atkins is available to work with organizations to identify the specific professional development needs of their staff and volunteers.
Current CALL professional development projects include:
Learning Specialist Advisor Services and workshops for other schools are provided by CALL staff to improve understanding and techniques used in local schools.
Pathways to Literacy is a collaboration between Chartwell and local public school districts aimed at improving the language and literacy development of public school students. Pathways uses the HILL model to incorporate school-wide changes that involve all staff, students and parents.
A very early Pre-K and Family Literacy Project for Salvation Army students. This helps students who are predominately English language learners, low-income and come from families with low literacy rates. This project helps these four year olds learn the crucial pre-reading skills they need to succeed in kindergarten.
Staff Training and Family Literacy is provided to many other schools and youth-serving organizations. For instance, CALL has provided training about the relationship between behavior, school success and literacy levels for the entire staffs of the Salinas and Monterey Peninsula staff Boys & Girls Clubs. CALL is also meeting with the Boys & Girls Clubs Education and Careers staff and homework tutors to offer practical workshops so staff can better identify and assist students with behavior and learning challenges.
Staff Training at local adult schools and at library reading programs is provided as part of the Community Foundation for Monterey County's Literacy Campaign.
The Summer Teacher Training Institute is open to interested professionals from throughout our region. Parents of Chartwell students also attend these trainings as a way to better help their children succeed in school.