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Get more out of your Maps

We offer a range of advanced training and supplemental materials, all designed to support a coordinated, successful, school-wide Thinking Maps implementation. Whether you want to develop school leaders, help students prepare for standardized assessments, take advantage of a comprehensive K-12 writing program or focus on ELL/ESL, everything you need is right here.

Thinking Maps: A Language for Leadership

The Guide

  • Provides a proven framework for ongoing implementation
  • Guides the process of making Thinking Maps an integral part of student education from the perspective of any school leader

Professional Development

  • Two-day training focuses on your specific needs, including:
  • Problem solving
  • Data analysis
  • Facilitating collaborative meetings
  • Supervision and coaching
  • Creating a shared vision/mission
  • Developing strategic plans
  • Monitoring and assessing quality Thinking Maps Implementation

Effective implementation of the Thinking Maps common visual language calls for effective leaders – administrators, instructional leaders and leadership teams – who become champions and guide the process in each school.

This integral training program improves communication and decision-making – and creates the foundation for a sustained and effective effort through ongoing monitoring and assessment.

English Language Learners (ELL) are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. school population. Path to Proficiency prepares teachers to meet their special academic and language needs and ensures that educators understand the importance of maintaining the cognitive rigor while teaching content for students at all language proficiency levels and for special needs students.

Path to Proficiency
For English Language Learners

The Guide

  • Addresses both the affective and cognitive dimensions of learning a language
  • Demonstrates how Thinking Maps can be used to address the form, function and fluency of language
  • Demonstrates instructional differentiation utilizing Thinking Maps
  • Shows how to teach language through content so students can achieve Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency
  • Addresses all four language domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
  • Facilitator’s Guide helps prepare facilitators to guide their learning community through a strategically paced Path to Proficiency plan

Professional Development

  • Five days of training
  • Direct teacher facilitation
  • Teachers learn how to explicitly teach language through many content areas so students can achieve Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP)
  • Teachers learn how to differentiate using Thinking Maps to meet the needs of individual students

Write from the Beginning…and Beyond

Effective writing starts with clear thinking. Build the writing skills your students will need for college and career success with Write from the Beginning…and Beyond.
 
This developmental, vertically aligned K-12 writing curriculum is rigorous enough to serve as the backbone of instruction for an entire district. It builds on the power of Thinking Maps to establish a school-wide focus on effective writing across all grade levels and content areas. With Write from the Beginning…and Beyond, teachers don’t just follow a program—they build their capacity as writing teachers. Our whole-school approach helps students internalize the skills and strategies used by effective writers, so they can apply them in academic discourse wherever their paths take them.

     

  • A comprehensive writing curriculum that meets state and national standards
  • Domain-based resources cover multiple modes including: narrative, expository/informative, argumentative, and response to text
  • Focus on critical thinking and self-evaluation skills
  • Step-by-step training differentiated to meet the specific needs of each grade
  • An easy-to-follow Teacher Manual with direct, explicit instruction, including developmental rubrics and more than one hundred mini-lessons designed to address the essential criteria of effective writing
  • Strategies for differentiated instruction according to students’ individual needs

 

Training Calendar

Training Calendar

 

Listed below are the currently scheduled regional trainings for Thinking Maps and other professional development utilizing Thinking Maps.
 
Click on the Event to see additional information. You may register online by clicking the Register Online link under the event title.
 
If you prefer to register by fax or email, click the event title to access the appropriate Registration Form. Please complete and print the form, then either fax it to (919) 678-8782 or email it to office@thinkingmaps.com.
 
If registering online, a confirmation letter will be emailed to you and your attendees upon submission of the online registration. If registering by fax or email, a confirmation letter will be emailed to you and your attendees within one week after the registration deadline. There are a limited number of spaces for each of our trainings, so we encourage you to register early!

December 2017
December 12 - December 13

Thinking Maps: A Path to Proficiency for ELL Facilitator's Training (Part 2 of 2)

Centennial, CO

December 13 - December 15

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage / Expository / Informative

Keller, TX

January 2018
January 11 - January 11

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 3 of 3)

Charlotte, NC

January 17 - January 19

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage / Narrative / Response to Text / Expository (Part 3 of 4)

Bakersfield, CA

January 19 - January 19

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage/Narrative/R2T (Part 3 of 4)

Bakersfield, CA

January 19 - January 20
January 29 - January 31

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage / Narrative / Expository (Part 2 of 2)

Avondale, AZ

January 29 - January 30

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Richardson, TX

February 2018
February 13 - February 14

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Keller, TX

February 21 - February 22

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage / Narrative (Part 2 of 2)

Gainesville, GA

February 26 - February 27

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Tempe, AZ

February 27 - February 28

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage / Narrative / Response to Text / Expository (Part 4 of 4)

Bakersfield, CA

February 27 - February 28

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 3)

Denver, CO

February 27 - February 28

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Fresno, TX

February 27 - February 27

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Expository / Informative (Part 2 of 2)

Bakersfield, CA

February 28 - February 28

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage/Narrative/R2T (Part 4 of 4)

Bakersfield, CA

March 2018
March 1 - March 2

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage / Narrative / Response to Text / Expository (Part 2 of 5)

Alhambra, CA

March 5 - March 5

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage / Narrative / Response to Text / Expository (Part 3 of 5)

Alhambra, CA

March 5 - March 5

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Narrative (Part 2 of 2)

Alhambra, CA

March 14 - March 16

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage / Narrative / Response to Text / Expository (Part 4 of 5)

Alhambra, CA

March 16 - March 16

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Response to Text (Part 2 of 3)

Alhambra, CA

March 21 - March 22

Thinking Maps: A Path to Proficiency for ELL Facilitator's Training (Part 2 of 2)

Ontario, CA

April 2018
April 4 - April 5

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Alhambra, CA

April 4 - April 5

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage / Narrative / Response to Text / Expository (Part 5 of 5)

Alhambra, CA

April 4 - April 4

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Expository / Informative (Part 2 of 2)

Alhambra, CA

April 5 - April 5

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Response to Text (Part 3 of 3)

Alhambra, CA

April 10 - April 11

Thinking Maps: A Path to Proficiency for ELL Facilitator's Training (Part 2 of 2)

Boise, ID

April 11 - April 12

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Fresno, CA

April 19 - April 19

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 3 of 3)

Denver, CO

May 2018
May 8 - May 9

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Tampa, FL

May 11 - May 12
June 2018
July 2018
September 2018
September 10 - September 12

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage / Narrative / Expository (Part 2 of 2)

Phoenix, AZ

September 12 - September 14

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage / Narrative / Response to Text / Expository (Part 2 of 4)

Alhambra, CA

October 2018
October 9 - October 10

Thinking Maps: A Path to Proficiency for ELL Facilitator's Training (Part 2 of 2)

Sanford, FL

October 16 - October 18

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage / Narrative / Response to Text / Expository (Part 3 of 4)

Alhambra, CA

October 17 - October 18

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Alhambra, CA

November 2018
November 7 - November 8

WFBB: Training of Trainers K-5 Setting the Stage / Narrative / Response to Text / Expository (Part 4 of 4)

Alhambra, CA

November 7 - November 8

Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers (Part 2 of 2)

Tempe, AZ