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.
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)
– 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)
– 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)
– Gifted English Language Learners (Differentiated Curriculum, Strategies for Gifted English Language Learners, Students At-Risk)
– Customized Topics (Life Skills, Student-based Portfolios, Character Education and Cooperative Learning).