CLTA-WA 2018 Spring Workshop

When: Back to Calendar March 11, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Thomas Hall, University of Puget Sound
3380 N 13th St
Tacoma,WA 98416

Building Democratic Classrooms

Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 9am-4pm
Venue: Tahoma Room (3rd floor), Thomas Hall, University of Puget Sound

Registration fees: Free for CLTA-WA members and $10 for non-members

Clock hours6 clock hours will be awarded for participants who attend the whole day event in the entirety. No partial clock hour will be awarded.

Luncheon: $10/person. Please indicate if you will need lunch on the registration form.  Due to the UPS campus management regulations, please do not bring outside food to campus.

Presenter: Chris Fontana

  • Founder & President of Full Circle Leadership LLC
  • Cofounder & Former Executive Director of Global Visionaries (GV)

Workshop Description:
This interactive workshop will engage participants to explore hands-on strategies to build a democratic classroom in which students embrace the target language in unprecedented ways because they are relating to one another and taking on ownership of their learning in entirely new ways.  Workshop participants will learn to build a democratic classroom within which students learn the 4 C’s of 21st Century skills: collaboration, communication, creativity (and innovation), and critical thinking; students become civically engaged and empathetic global citizens inside and outside of the classroom. Participants will learn how to use the following sequentially integrated pedagogical strategies:

  1. Class Agreements: Create class agreements in which youth collaborate to create learning community curriculum and assessment norms, classroom environment and management—a system which invites a deeper level of self and group accountability to performance and behavior.  
  2. Class Meetings: Establish a weekly forum in which student leaders and Educator leader work out all “behavioral”, performance, classroom climate issues as well as a space to build unprecedented authentic relationships (student to student as well as student to educator). The result of which is a return on investment for content and achievement in academic and affective domains.
  3. Community Building: Create a powerful team in which all students are integral to the whole; use group grades and theatre of liberation to build group integrity, cooperation, collaboration and compassion.
  4. Class Jobs: Share ownership and responsibility of class, teaching and community with students.
  5. Peer Accountability Structures: Lead class to create a learning community in which students hold each other accountable and elicit the best from one another for both behavior and learning outcomes

Workshop Schedule:

  • 8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.        Check in
  • 8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.        Welcome & Announcements
  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.      Presentation
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.      Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.        Presentation
  • 4:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.        Evaluation & Clock Hour

To Register:
If clicking the link does not open registration page, please copy and paste to register. The deadline for registration is Sunday, March 4. For late registration, please contact Haiyan You at

CLTA-WA extends our sincere appreciation to the co-sponsors of this event:


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