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, Justin Schwamm, a 27-year veteran educator with a knack for solving problems and getting clarity on even the trickiest situations, and a team of experienced coaches handpicked and trained by Tina and Justin 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.
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 year. 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 Justin Schwamm, a 27-year veteran Latin teacher with a passion for coaching educators, 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 this membership, to help YOU and YOUR STUDENTS have the best school year ever. 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 700 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 this year. 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 are excited to partner with some of our amazing language teacher friends to bring you some fall professional development that Curriculum Club members can join live or watch or re-watch whenever they want! And, we WANT you to show the Curriculum Club videos to your colleagues and professional learning networks. We truly want this work to spread!
La Maestra Loca will be joining us LIVE on Wednesday, September 11 @ 9:30 PM Eastern!
Justin Slocum Bailey will be joining us LIVE Wednesday, September 18 @ 7:00 PM Eastern!
Diane Neubauer will be joining us LIVE Monday, October 7 @ 7 PM Eastern!
More dates and times coming soon!
PLUS +++ we are in the midst of launching two new series of video trainings - Mindset Groups and Make and Take webinars! In your Mindset Group, work with a coach and twenty other members all year long in periodic check-in meetings to help you understand your inner thinking and how it affects your journey to become the teacher you want to be.
In Make and Take webinars, learn digital crafty skills to make curriculum and instructional materials that you can post to our shared drive, which will grow into a huge Teacher Swap Meet where everyone is working on the SAME GOALS and can share materials much, much more easily than ever before! So excited to bring you these enhanced support systems!
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!