The TELL Collab was a participant-driven professional learning experience that took place from 2014 to 2017. It allowed educators to engage in the very practices of effective learning they are expected to develop in their own language teaching environment. Over the course of the experience, participants were challenged to become active learning leaders in a variety of settings that asked them to explore, model and share effective language learning practices identified in the TELL Framework.
How TELL Collab Has Empowered Participants
The TELL Collab model fosters professional conversations and deep learning experiences with national experts, teacher leaders, and colleagues. The goal is to empower participants to take control of their own professional learning.
|Traditional Conference||TELL Collab|
|Set schedule developed by organizers||Participant-driven schedule based on professional learning needs|
|Series of speakers selected by organizers||Participants share resources to support professional learning needs|
|Pre-determined content||Participants able to personalize content|
|Notebook full of good ideas with possibly no time to process how to use them||Participants leave with idea(s) AND strategies for implementing them|
|Sessions may be so large that participant interaction becomes minimal||Participants actively work in a variety of small group settings|
|Professional credit based on seat-time||Participants earn performance-based badges that “show what they know”|
What Past Participants Had to Say
Great to see teachers willing to break out of past practice, look beyond tradition & embrace best (but uncommon) practices at #tellcollab
— Nicole Naditz (@NicoleNaditz) June 27, 2015
Thanks to the #TELLCollab I have met so many people that I want to talk to more and know better. Feeding my brain and spirit!
— Amy Lenord (@alenord) June 27, 2015