Who We Are

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The Visual Teaching Alliance for the Gifted & Talented is a team of educators dedicated to quality professional development, hands-on training and motivational strategies for educators and administrators at all levels and instructional areas. With a combined background of over 65 years in education, the Visual Teaching Alliance has committed its efforts to bring unique instructional approaches, out-of-the-box classroom strategies and up-to-date technology to the field of education.

 

Our professional development provides a comprehensive, sustained and intensive approach to improving teachers’ and principals’ effectiveness in raising student achievement, and meeting State academic standards.

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Our research-based, hands-on professional development workshops focus on:

Brain Compatible Strategies (Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, Lateral Thinking Skills, Utilizing the Visual Cortex for Retention, Using Color and Music as Teaching Tools)

Visual Learning Methods (Visual Literacy, Basic Photography, Encoding and Decoding Images, Identifying Visual Internal/External Learners, Visual Culture, Visual Representation, Constructing Visual Thinking Maps, Visual Links and Visual Journals, Reading Visual Thoughts, Creating Watergraphs™, Art History, Moving ELL Students From Visual Communication to Language Acquisition)

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Visual Teaching Strategies (The Flipped Classroom, Conceptual Learning, Full Spectrum Visual Literacy, Depth of Knowledge, Active and Performance-based Learning, Dynamic Translation, Multidisciplinary Approach and Technology-based Instruction, Mind Maps, Graphic Organizers, Glyphs)

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Critical/Creative Thinking Skills (Parallel Curriculum Model, Layered Model for Differentiating Curriculum, Inquiry-Based Instruction & Technology, Whole Brain Thinking, DeBono’s Thinking Hats, Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development, Costa’s Habits of Mind)

Twice Exceptional: Brilliant Chaos – The Competition of Strengths vs. Weaknesses (Gifted combinations: Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia, Tourette’s Syndrome, Dyslexia, & Irlen Syndrome, Emotional Intelligence)

 21st Century Learners (Characteristics of a Digitally Competent Teacher, Cell Phones, iPods, iPads, Skype, Cyberbullying, Virtual Reality/Video Games, Educational Gamification, Electronic Portfolios, Digital Storytelling, Visual Journaling, Authentic vs. Traditional Assessment & the Independent Investigation Model)

 Media Literary (Discovering the “Five Key Questions” of Media Literacy, Using the Internet in the Classroom)

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Gifted English Language Learners (Differentiated Curriculum, Strategies for Gifted English Language Learners, Students At-Risk) 

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Customized Topics (Life Skills, Student-based Portfolios, Character Education and Cooperative Learning).

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Visual Teaching Alliance for the Gifted & Talented logo design – Brian Cook: bcook1@nd.edu 

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