WHO WE ARE
The Visual Teaching Alliance 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 40 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 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, Moving ELL Students From Visual Communication to Language Acquisition)
- Visual Teaching Strategies (Full Spectrum Visual Literacy, Active and Performance-based Learning, Dynamic Translation, Multidisciplinary Approach and Technology-based Instruction, Mind Maps, Graphic Organizers, Glyphs, Dyslexia)
- 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)
- Twice Exceptional: Brilliant Chaos - The Competition of Strengths vs. Weaknesses (Gifted combinations: Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia, Tourette's Syndrome, Dyslexia, & Irlen Syndrome, Emotional Intelligence)
- 21st Century Learners (Cell Phones, iPods, Skype, Cyberbullying, Virtual Reality/Video Games, 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)
- Customized Topics (Life Skills, Student-based Portfolios, Character Education and Cooperative Learning).