Professional Development: Educator Reviews
"Website is awesome; secondary content teachers will love it! Ideas & videos teaching science, math, etc. through strategies that make content comprehensible & engaging for ELs. I highly recommend this site for content teachers-- it offers helpful support, provides practical, easy to implement activities and strategies for teaching ELLs and helps to make these students academically successful.Clear and powerful alignment and support of sheltered instruction/SIOP/SDAIE/scaffolding strategies."
Zoe Ann Brown, Ph.D.
Education Improvement Consultant
Finding Education Solutions
"Although he may be best known for his work supporting teachers charged with teaching English Language Learners, especially in science, Ron Rohac's expertise spans many other areas: he understands what good teaching is and how to develop that talent in practitioners.
He has a unique ability to build relationships with teachers enabling him to have the right conversations with them. He can effectively model teaching strategies in any content area at any level and then coach teachers through the process of making the strategy a natural part of their practice.
Whether it's teaching in the block, SIOP, technology integration, classroom management, or working with students from poverty, Mr. Rohac is an invaluable teacher improvement resource."
Thomas M. Ahart, Ed.S.
Associate Superintendent for Teaching & Learning
Des Moines (IA) Public Schools
"I recently took a class taught by Ron Rohac. I found the class to be incredibly useful in dealing with students who are not English language proficient. Mr. Rohac provides very practical strategies for how to implement changes to our lessons to accommodate these language learners without sacrificing the content and the learning expectations of the students. He also had numerous hands-on activities that we were able to participate in, so we could see firsthand how these strategies work, and in turn, use them with our own students. He made a very complex subject easy to understand and less daunting to implement. "
Secondary Math Teacher
"The practices Ron had us do and show were valuable and completely have merit to helping students of English as a second language. "
"Anyone who can keep a group of educators actively engaged and excited about learning after a long workday is an asset to education. Ron is indeed all of that and more. His brilliance and creativity for teaching SDAIE imparts a wealth of knowledge to all who are fortunate to experience his teaching style. As Testing and Title I Coordinator, I will implement the ideas and strategies learned in his class, during professional development trainings to guide teachers to effective instructional pedagogy."
Title I & Testing Coordinator
"Mr. Ron Rohac's course was the last of four courses I needed to take for my CTEL Authorization. Ron's class was the 'highlight' of the whole program, and he is the best teacher…and the assignments along with the strategies will be useful for one's own classroom. Instead of a textbook, two DVDs are used for the class, along with Ron's website, which all has useful tips and strategies to help teachers. Ron is a teacher's teacher, and he truly cares about not only children in the public school system, but the teachers who teach them."
"I have been a teacher for 25 years, and have taken more ELL (English Language Learner) classes than I care to tell you. Ron Rohac's class was by far the best and most applicable to my actual "teaching". To begin with: Ron's presentation style is one of respect for teachers, because ultimately, he is one. The information and techniques he provided didn't just apply to my ELL students; they were a GREAT resource to add to my repertoire for all of my students."
Stephen M. White Middle School
"Ron Rohac was employed as a contract professional by the Maricopa (AZ) County Superintendent of Schools Office from April of 2003 to the present. His delivery of the SEI training was outstanding as measured by his evaluation scores, which were consistently superior.
His training demonstrated to teachers and administrators that all students can learn math and science when the concepts are presented in a comprehensive manner. His self-developed learning activities and materials were useful to the classroom teachers. He also offered continuous support to teachers through both direct contact and access to his Website for supplemental learning materials.
Maricopa is the largest county in Arizona and is home to 4,023,132 culturally diverse people. The Maricopa County Schools Office delivers educational programs and technical services to 59 school districts and more than 250 charter schools. I address the size of Maricopa County and the number of school districts to emphasize the scope and depth of the diverse populations that Ron successfully reached in his trainings."
"Mr. Rohac's role was to provide meaningful and relevant instructional feedback to Gila Bend's teaching staff based on Sheltered English... At the end of each week, Mr. Rohac provided six-hour professional development workshops that aligned with classroom observations and student achievement data. Teachers were eager to engage in meaningful discussions with Mr. Rohac due to his practical delivery style. After providing constructive feedback, Mr. Rohac would develop hands-on activities and supplemental materials that targeted each teacher's instructional improvement areas. He also offered continuous support to teachers through direct contact via webcam and access to his website for supplemental learning materials.
Working with a dedicated teaching and administrative staff, Gila Bend High School changed its AZ LEARNS Achievement Profile from 'Failing' to 'Performing Plus'… Mr. Rohac's services were an instrumental component of the school's instructional improvement efforts."
Gila Bend High School
Gila Bend, AZ