“To leave people, systems, and places in better shape than when we found them”
Through one-on-one guidance, reflective practices, and ongoing support, we help new teachers navigate challenges, build confidence, and develop a strong foundation for their teaching journey.
Our personalized coaching sessions equip new administrators with the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to navigate their leadership roles successfully. Through targeted development plans, leadership assessments, and ongoing guidance, we accelerate their growth and effectiveness as transformative educational leaders.
Personalized Roadmaps: Our experienced consultants work closely with schools to create made-to-measure improvement plans for teachers and principals. By conducting comprehensive needs assessments and analyzing past evaluations, we tailor address key areas for growth and opportunities to demonstrate these skills. Objective Observations: Unbiased observations help our consultants keenly observe teaching methodologies, classroom dynamics, and leadership practices, providing valuable insights that serve as a springboard for targeted improvement. Expert Coaching: Armed with insights from evaluations and observations, our skilled coaches engage educators and leaders in one-on-one coaching sessions. These sessions are designed to nurture strengths, address challenges, and provide actionable strategies for continuous growth and development.
At Karaton Educational Consulting and Coaching, we understand the critical significance of Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) as more than just documents; they are legal blueprints that define a student's unique learning journey. An IEP encapsulates the student's identity, learning style, needs, and a roadmap for accessing the general education curriculum. Our dedicated IEP Support program empowers educators, special education building/district staff, and stakeholders to master the art of crafting comprehensive IEPs that align with Part 200 compliance, while ensuring the student remains at the heart of every discussion.
We demystify the unique attributes of Section 504, clarifying its purpose and scope within the broader educational landscape. Our program ensures you grasp the significance of providing reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access for students with disabilities. Addressing the common confusion, our training clearly differentiates Section 504 from the IEP/CSE process. We equip you with the knowledge to identify which students are eligible for a 504 plan and guide you through the essential steps of its development and implementation.
Co-teaching isn't just a technique; it's a skill that demands knowledge and strategy. Our program takes you beyond the basics, providing a deep understanding of co-teaching's purpose and mechanics. When executed seamlessly, co-teaching becomes a harmonious dance that involves all participants – educators, students, and support staff – working together in perfect synergy.
Ever find yourself loving your job but struggling to connect with your colleagues? You're not alone – this common challenge might be quietly eroding your workplace culture. While individual performance is crucial, a cohesive team working toward shared objectives shines brighter than a group of isolated individuals. Our innovative approach is dedicated to bolstering team strength by unraveling the intricacies of team dynamics.
Explore the journey from discontentment to caution against depression and discover how dissatisfaction can spark transformative change. Uncover the power D, V, F in starting conversations and preventing your organization from becoming the dreaded "C" word.Read More
Collaboration, a topic that resonates deeply with educators, is our focus today. Collaboration permeates different aspects of the educational landscape, contributing to the collective growth, success, and continuous improvement of schools and students. We hear and see collaboration through PLCs, curriculum development, student support services, and almost all aspects of school leadership. So let’s explore one of my favorite quotes on collaboration to provide some context and connection to schools.Read More
In this week's blog post, we explore the delicate balance between resilience and vulnerability by unpacking the quote, by Levi Lusko, "The problem isn't that you have felt burnt out, the problem perhaps is you didn't know what to do when you did feel that way. Pretending is preventing." This week, I get personal and emphasize the importance of authenticity and seeking support among life's blizzards. But be prepared, because of course, there's a twist. It's a narrative of growth, honesty, and the true strength found in acknowledging our struggles.Read More
Education is a dynamic field, and it's okay not to have all the answers. Sometimes, what we truly need is a listening ear, a different perspective, or the wisdom of colleagues who have walked a similar path. Welcome to the Karaton Collaborative Educators Roundtable, a platform designed to foster a vibrant community of educators who understand the unique challenges you face. Our mission is clear: to provide you with the support, connections, and insights you need to thrive in your role. You are not alone in this journey. Whether you're a seasoned educator or just starting, whether you're in special education, administration, science, or any other field, this is a place where we come together as a community. Together, we can find solutions, share experiences, and learn from each other.
|January Karaton Collaborative: Educators Roundtable||18 Jan 2024||Thursday||Online Event|
|February Karaton Collaborative: Educators Roundtable||15 Feb 2024||Thursday||Online Event|
|March Karaton Collaborative: Educators Roundtable||21 Mar 2024||Thursday||Online Event|
|April Karaton Collaborative: Educators Roundtable||25 Apr 2024||Thursday||Online Event|
|May Karaton Collaborative: Educators Roundtable||16 May 2024||Thursday||Online Event|
|June Karaton Collaborative: Educators Roundtable||20 Jun 2024||Thursday||Online Event|
|November Karaton Collaborative: Educators Roundtable||16 Nov 2023||Thursday||Online Event|
|October Karaton Collaborative: Educators Roundtable||26 Oct 2023||Thursday||Online Event|
|September Karaton Collaborative: Educators Roundtable||21 Sep 2023||Thursday||Online Event|
|Karaton Collaborative: Educators Roundtable (PILOT)||17 Aug 2023||Thursday||Online Event|
Explore our collection of free resources, and feel free to use them in your coaching practice. We believe that sharing knowledge and tools within the coaching community not only elevates the profession but also fosters collaboration and excellence. If you have any suggestions or specific topics you'd like to see covered in our future resources, please don't hesitate to reach out.
In this dedicated section, you'll find an array of valuable tools, materials, and insights designed to inspire your teaching, enhance your classroom experience, and promote professional growth. Whether you're seeking innovative teaching strategies, classroom activities, or personal development resources, we've got you covered.
In this dedicated section, you'll find a curated collection of resources designed to empower you in your leadership journey. From strategic planning and staff development to fostering a culture of innovation and inclusivity, our resources are tailored to address the multifaceted challenges and opportunities you encounter.
In this dedicated section, you'll discover a wealth of resources carefully crafted to support your efforts in developing and refining the skills, knowledge, and abilities of professionals across various industries. From training materials and assessment tools to strategies for leadership development and employee engagement, our resources are here to equip you with the latest insights and best practices.
In this dedicated section, you'll embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. CliftonStrengths, based on the research of Don Clifton, offers a systematic approach to identifying and leveraging your inherent strengths. Whether you're exploring your own strengths or seeking to integrate CliftonStrengths into your workplace or educational institution, you'll find valuable tools and insights here.
Melissa's questioning technique and past experiences as an educator helped me work out ideas that ensured our process a successful partnership between administration and teaching staff.Stephanie Berghold: Educational Administrator
Melissa of Karaton Consulting is an absolute gem! I'm so glad to have worked with her and am so pleased with the coaching I received. It's been truly eye-opening and extremely helpful in my career as well as my relationships and general well-being!Shawna McGreevy: CEO of Cakeheads
As I adapted to my new career, Melissa found the perfect moments to both cheer me on and challenge my thinking. She spurred me to stretch myself and grow in ways I never imagined. In multiple instances where I was intimidated, Melissa strategically pointed out the Strengths I could rely on to maneuver my way through it, changing my perspective to view it as an opportunity. I can now celebrate each new achievement, knowing I am capable and knowing skilled coaching results in profound movement.Laura Garcia: Talent Development Specialist
Michael is an unwavering force of commitment and growth, bringing a diverse background and a passion for our company's mission to the forefront. With a deep dedication and enthusiasm, Michael inspires excellence, serving as a Certified CliftonStrengths Coach, and nurturing the development of individuals and teams.