Author: Sparkle

Bridging the Bay

Oscar and Eva will be presenting on Saturday, January 31st at the Bridging the Bay conference in Oakland, CA.  Come check out our workshops on Common Core, Math, Supporting Staff, and many other useful topics.  For more information or to register, click here.

 

New Year’s Promotion!

To celebrate the New Year and to introduce Spark Decks to as many programs as possible, we are offering a special combination package for programs in the San Francisco Bay Area: When you buy 10 Spark Decks (mix and match!) we’ll throw in a one-hour training for you or your staff at no extra cost!

For example, buy five each of our Common Core Math and Literacy Decks, and you’ll have over 100 easy-to-implement activities that support the Common Core, and we can visit your program to provide an introduction to the Common Core and practice fun ways to use the decks.

Learn more about this special opportunity by checking out our promotional flyer.

Register now for the FREE Summer Matters Leadership Conference – January 16, 2015

summermattersPlease join us as we present four workshops at The Summer Matters Leadership Conference on January 16!

This annual conference hosted by Summer Matters is designed for program directors, site coordinators, and administrators in summer programs throughout the Bay Area – and is FREE!

At the conference, Eva will lead a workshop on Supporting Staff Learning on the Job that will use the Try This Today deck to help you identify the critical topics and concepts to cover during Summer Professional Development and learn teaching strategies that increase staff engagement and learning retention.

Her workshop on Communicating the Common Core and Habits of Mind will help you map what you are already doing in your programs to the language used in the CC and the Habits of Mind.

In his workshop Sparking a Love of Literacy in Summer Programming, Oscar will use the Common Core Language Arts for Early Elementary deck to allow you to learn and practice twelve Common Core literacy activities that are hands-on, easy to implement, and fun. You’ll also learn three key techniques that staff can use to build youth interest and fluency in Common Core literacy standards such as collaborative conversations.

His workshop Transform Continuous Quality Improvement from a Chore to a Game will increase your understanding of the dynamics that lead to staff engagement and buy-in towards program improvement efforts. You’ll also learn and practice three “games” that will enable you to facilitate a process to set, measure, and reflect on program improvement goals.

Oscar and Eva at AB212 Conference

crowded classroomOscar and Eva presented at the Alameda County AB212 Conference on Saturday, November 1 at Chabot College in Hayward, CA. Oscar presented the Basics of Balanced Behavior Guidance, and Creating a Toolbox for Social Emotional Learning. “I turned around for a minute, and when I turned back, there were 60 people in a room that only had chairs for 30. People were sitting on the floor and leaning against the walls. It was packed!” Oscar recounted regarding the behavior guidance workshop.  Eva presented on Easy Ideas for Integrating the Common Core Language Arts Standardswhich wasn’t packed but which was well received by attendees. “People were excited about how easy the Spark cards are to implement. It was fun to see everyone so enthusiastic.”

Did you miss the conference? Not to worry! Oscar and Eva are available to offer their hands-on, engaging, and fun workshops directly for your staff!  Contact us at eva@spark-decks.com or oscar@spark-decks.com to learn more.

 

 

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