Month: January 2014

VFF: Co-Teaching Panel Presentation

The School of Education is excited to announce the February event in our Voices from the Field (VFF) Speaker Series: a panel presentation on Promoting Communication Skills and Workforce Readiness through Co-Teaching.

All are welcome. Please join us for what is sure to be an enlightening and inspiring event!

  • Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
  • Time: 2:00-3:00pm
  • Location: Waples Mill Conference Room, 11200 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

Three distinguished panelists will be speaking about their implementation of the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) model at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School in Washington, DC:

  • Dr. Ryan Monroe, Principal
  • Heather Tatton-Harris, Curriculum Coordinator
  • Carole Fuller, Professional Development Specialist

By pairing content and language/literacy instructors as co-teachers in a single classroom, I-BEST helps students acquire crucial communication and career skills in the context of real-world situations, providing linguistic and job training simultaneously. Students earn more than credentials; they learn how to apply their knowledge and exit the program exceptionally well prepared to succeed on the job.

The speakers will discuss:

  • The mission and history of Carlos Rosario School—nationally and internationally recognized as a successful model for comprehensive adult education programs
  • Research conducted by the speakers to determine the value of co-teaching and the feasibility of different approaches to implementation
  • Carlos Rosario School’s career pathways, course offerings, and goals in the implementation of co-teaching
  • Co-teachers’ experiences in designing their roles and working together productively

According to the school’s website (, for more than 40 years, Carlos Rosario School has been preparing the diverse adult immigrant populations of Washington, D.C. to become invested, productive citizens and members of American society who give back to family and community. Their highly qualified and dedicated faculty and staff offer award-winning adult education programs including English as a Second Language, GED, ESL for Families, Citizenship, Technology Essentials and Workforce Development. They have served more than 60,000 students and hope to inspire the VIU community to get involved in adult education!

This event is open to all VIU students, staff, and faculty, as well as members of the surrounding community.

To learn more about participating in Voices from the Field, please contact Mr. Kevin Martin at, follow us on social media @SEDatVIU and @TESOLVIU, and visit the School of Education’s website at!


VFF: Education Employment Opportunities

The School of Education was pleased to hold its January edition of its Voices from the Field Speaker Series on January 23, 2014 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. The event consisted of a panel discussion on “Positioning Yourself for Employment Opportunities in Education.”

The distinguished panelists included Dr. Sigrun Biesenbach-Lucas, Dr. Ana-María Nuevo, and Dr. Luis Cerezo, all of whom have extensive experience serving on search committees for positions in the field of education. They shared practical advice and fielded questions on the following topics and more:

  • Application and hiring processes in various types of education programs
  • Search committees’ expectations of candidates
  • Common pitfalls that otherwise strong applicants might fall into
  • Their own journeys and experiences on their way to their current positions

Participants left the session in a much stronger and better informed position to pursue their own careers as education professionals.

To learn more about participating in Voices from the Field, please contact Mr. Kevin Martin at, follow us on social media @SEDatVIU and @TESOLVIU, and visit the School of Education’s website at