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CLAVES™ is a framework that provides educational stakeholders with the professional learning needed to create an environment of differentiated, inclusive, and validating instruction in schools that serve culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students, with specific emphasis on English Learners (ELs).

Within the CLAVES™ framework, professional learning is organized and supported by leaders who embrace professional learning that is:

  • focused on improving and building teacher skills for classroom practice,
  • mediated through a learning community,
  • led by a skilled and knowledgeable leader,
  • focused on the everyday work and practices of classroom teachers, and
  • data-informed and evidence-based.

The key beliefs that serve as a foundation of CLAVES™ are that English Learners:

  • Deserve equitable access to content and language development.
  • Have linguistic and cultural assets that are validated and built upon in all aspects of their school community. 

The specific objectives for participants are: 

  1. To learn the fundamentals of specific scaffolding needed in order to fully support CLD and EL students. 
  2. To understand and be able to effectively plan. 
  3. To analyze your current situation and to identify action strategies building upon the instructional and leadership capacity on your campus. 
  4. Overall to gain the ability to sustain the use of the 8 Pathways of Contextualized Learning within the entire school.

The CLAVES™ modules are organized so that participants have the opportunity for new learning, practice, and reflection. 

We have organized this framework around 8-days:

Day 1: The Essence of Our Work 

Day 2: Keys to Sustainability 

Day 3: Building Instructional Capacity 

Day 4: Pathways to Instruction and Learning: Part 1

Day 5: Collaboration, Professionalism, Transparency, and Preparedness

Day 6: Pathways to Instruction and Learning: Part 2

Day 7: Pathways Realized in Each Classroom 

Day 8: The Essence of our Continued Work Together