It's wise to go into things with your eyes open. I was skeptical at first. In fact I'm skeptical by nature and teach intense information fluency skills as part of my online teaching work. I examine online information, look for bias, and have a highly developed BS detector.
I recall when I first got interested in CTE. I searched and didn't find much. These days CTE has a slightly higher online presence, but it remains a very face to face, person to person organization. There's nothing wrong with that. I was pulled in by the quality of communication and information I got from CTE. Rick has a great business plan and amazing materials. Access to that information and the training it takes to help teachers get time to teach by gaining respectful control of their classrooms is what it's all about. That's what the training delivers. If you're a dynamic teacher ready market yourself the CTE way, you'll do well.
I'm still associated with the Center for Teacher Effectiveness. I still endorse their program and back the integrity of the people working with Rick Dahlgren. Rick is an amazing teacher with a powerful, experience based approach that will create a safe, respect based, learning environment.
I personally think every classroom teacher and all administrators will benefit from this training. Our schools would be better places to learn if all new teachers were trained in the methods taught by the Center for Teacher Effectiveness. It took me 25 years of classroom teaching to learn what Rick puts into his materials.
So why am I not actively making presentations at conferences and providing face to face training in schools? CTE is not particularly visible on the web. They work in the classroom face to face. I now make my living completely by teaching online and doing e-learning consulting working from my home office. IF I were willing to go on the road and put the energy needed into marketing this program I have no doubt I could make a good income doing work I am proud of. Becoming an active associate is one of my back up plans if I need to diversify my career. At the moment being at home and online is what I love to do!
Here' a quotation from a recent associates newsletter I got from the center that shows the way Rick coaches.
"The CTE Way - Amazing Trainings!!!
We hope this correspondence finds you in good health and happiness.
Two of your Time To Teach colleagues recently concluded trainings and received some of the best reviews we have ever seen. They are Chad Houck and Roger Miller. I am so proud of them and wanted to share what the superintendent and teachers said about their Time To Teach training. But, before I do, let me say that we encountered a shipping problem and the books did not make it to the training! Even with this - which is not good - they totally ruled the day. Here is what was said:
Our middle school needed a "cultural resuscitation" this year with test scores going down and discipline and absences going up....things needed a change. With a change in administration, I told the new principal that I had a day long workshop planned before school starts and that he would thank me after it was over.
Sure enough, the teachers comments back to us were amazing, Chad was passionate about his material. He had credibility as a high school administrator and a dad who implemented Time to Teach with his own kids.
Your materials are great, the presenter was even better.
My only feedback is to make sure materials are in the hands of the district well before the training. Chad had to copy off the workbook to make the workshop happen. I am not sure that we have what we ordered yet?
Thanks again for being part of the journey this middle school is on. I will recommend to other superintendents the need for your program in their schools.
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