Get day-by-day, week-by-week, cycle-by-cycle guidance throughout the year for ALL your World Language courses -- first year and up -- from Tina Hargaden, the author of the Stepping Stones curriculum, Kaitlin Leppert, who has survived the transition from textbook-based teaching and can help YOU do the same, and a team of experienced coaches handpicked and trained by Tina and Kaitlin to support you as you implement the most comprehensive communicative language teaching program ever developed.
Get detailed, thorough explanations of the strategies that you will need to implement this literacy-focused, structured, approach to World Language teaching, plus videos modeling and explaining how to use them! Changing your approach to World Language teaching is rewarding, exciting, invigorating…and often overwhelming. Let us guide you as you take this step.
We will provide you a structured, flexible framework for organizing your daily lessons, your assessment program, and your year. All you have to do is choose the content that you want to plan your lessons around, and we're here to help you make your planning - even for multiple levels, mixed-ability classes, and classes that contain heritage learners and Novices or Intermediates, as simple and efficient as possible.
Let us guide you as you learn a new system that gives you the direction, focus, and structure that you might have felt is lacking in communicative language teaching up till now, with a strong system that allows you to teach practically any content, while also having a clear direction and learning pathway for your students.
Whether you have been teaching this way for years, or you are just making the shift now, the Stepping Stones approach is probably quite new to you. We set up Curriculum Club to help you have a super-successful transition. Let us hold the bike as you learn to pedal, and keep the training wheels on all year, with our support, encouragement, and guidance.
The Curriculum Club Coaching Team, led by Tina Hargaden, the author of Stepping Stones Beyond Year One and the director of the World Language Proficiency Project, and Kaitlin Leppert, a Spanish teacher who has undergone a successful and massive shift in her teaching approach (and her happiness in the classroom), is a group of hand-picked teacher leaders who want, above all, to see YOU grow in confidence and success, so that your students can too!
Frequently Asked Questions
We are so excited to launch our Fall cohort, to help YOU and YOUR STUDENTS finish this school year strong and prepare for you to launch into next year confident and totally in the groove of "Smarter, Not Harder" curriculum and lesson design.
You literally have nothing to lose except confusion, overwhelm, and that directionless feeling that so many of us have as we step into a new way of teaching. Our goal is to make this the BEST PD investment you have ever made. And we will give you all your money back if we do not make good on that promise. This group has been years in the making and is a labor of love for YOU and YOUR STUDENTS. We are so very much looking forward to our work together this year.
A personal note from Tina
I have wanted to offer this type of support for so long now, and I am not known for being the world's most patient person. As I have been writing the 722 pages in the Stepping Stones book, I have struggled with how to make the very detailed, new information digestible to those who want to follow this curriculum. It is a LOT, and is best tackled in smaller chunks, as you need it, with guidance and support.
Try as I might, I cannot provide that support through Facebook or any other mechanism. As I have been writing furiously throughout the last year, and especially over the summer, knowing that this group was in the works has been a comfort to me as I type every early morning, spelling out a brand-new, super-comprehensive way to teach and assess in our World Language courses. I have worked so hard to bring this vision to you, to combine my 18 years as an educator and avid student of curriculum design and best practices in literacy instruction into a system that makes it all make sense and fits the work of language acquisition into schoolrooms.
I cannot wait, Can. Not. Wait., to work with those who sign up for this journey with us. Each and every one of the coaches that we are preparing right now to support you are my close personal friends and colleagues, people I respect to the Nth degree, and dedicated educators who also have a passion for supporting the profession in general. I cannot wait for you to meet them soon, and to see our growth together!
Thank you so much for your dedication to students and to the profession and to the vision of a nation of biliterate, interculturally-competent, tolerant citizens. It is such an honor and a joy to work with you. Cannot, cannot, CAN NOT wait.
We literally want you to look at your bank statement each month and say, "It's SO worth it!" That's our goal for you -- to give you a go-to place on the internet, where you can be with a supportive group of like-minded language educators who are ready to shift the profession into higher orbit!