Professional Development Training Services

Ana Aqra provides consultancy services and a range of training sessions for teachers, and other educators with various backgrounds and experiences.
Ana Aqra programs and approaches provide an enabling and safe learning environment that caters to the most vulnerable learners’ physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. Ana Aqra contextualizes research and evidence based approaches to nurture literacy among the learning community, and improve independent lifelong learning.

Ana Aqra’s training and coaching focuses on

  • Managing conducive learning environments
  • Developing reflective reading and learning strategies
  • Transferring teachers’ newly acquired pedagogical skills to other disciplines
  • Maintaining quality portfolios, demonstrating a diversity of approaches supported by innovative materials and activities


Concepts presented during trainings and implemented throughout all programs:

1. Classroom Management
2. Daily Schedules and Routines
3. Inclusive and Safe Learning Environment
4. Active and independent Learning
5. Assessment Based Teaching
6. Differentiated Instruction for Multi-Levelled Classrooms
7. Balanced Literacy
8. Workshop Model
9. Constructive Feedback and Coaching
10. Literacy Across Content

Training teachers on Retention Support programs, Homework Support and Remedial programs, will enable teachers to bridge the performance gaps among struggling learners.

Homework Support

An afterschool program that enables teachers to support learners attend to their homework assignments. Learners will acquire:

  • Fix up strategies to solve their homework and study
  • Problem solving strategies
  • Organization and prioritization skills
  • Reading and writing skills needed across subject matter
  • Social skills to build self-confidence and trust in capabilities

Summer Remedial

A summer program that equips teachers with strategies that will close the academic gap resulted from learners falling behind in reading, as well as to avoid the gap resulting from the summer break. This training prepares teachers for planning multi-leveled lessons following:

  • The balanced literacy approach
  • The workshop model
  • Leveled literacy intervention

This training supports teachers who work with out-of-school learners with strategies that will enable learners to reintegrate into formal education. This program allows teachers to:

  • Provide learners with foundational literacy and numeracy skills
  • Enhance the social and emotional learning of the children
  • Ensure the pathway to formal education

This training prepares teachers to engage in early childhood education activities, community based and otherwise. Its main objective is to enable teachers to understand how to kindle the skills of children and prepare them for school through:

  • Theoretical and practical frameworks
  • Integrating the 5 domains of ECE in their teaching
  • Running effective learning stations with a state of the art classroom managements

This training will provide teachers with the proper guidance on how to promote the wellbeing of children and their communities for an overall healthy development. Teachers will become familiar with the following:

  • The psychosocial intervention pyramid
  • Relative understanding of the social and emotional learning of the children
  • Diverse classrooms and being culturally sensitive
  • Positive behavior inside and outside the classroom
  • The involvement of parents and caregivers

What is a literacy workstation?

An area within the classroom where students work alone or interact with others, using instructional materials to explore and expand literacy.

Why a literacy workstation?

  1. It guarantees independence
  2. Models appropriate behavior
  3. A gradual release of responsibility
  4. Provides a risk free environment
  5. Proper independent work level
  6. Provides clear, explicit instructions

How to make a literacy workstation effective?

  1. Focus on practice and purpose
  2. Link to your teaching
  3. Slow down to speed up…..start slowly and build
  4. Balance process and product
  5. Less is more…keep materials to a minimum
  6. Use novelty…try one new thing at a time
  7. Simplify... if it takes longer for you to make it than it does for the children to use it instructionally then don't do it!

What are the kinds of workstations?

  1. Computer workstation
  2. Listening workstation
  3. Puzzles and games workstation
  4. Buddy reading workstation
  5. Drama workstation
  6. Poetry workstation
  7. Pocket chart workstation
  8. Creation workstation
  9. Science /social studies workstation

Hands-On Activities

  1. Making/creating games
  2. Playing the games

Building a Supportive Learning Environment: The School at Large

Define the School Mission

  1. School values and principles
  2. Community involvement

Change Requires Time and Persistence

  1. Long term goals
  2. Short term goals

School and organizational structure - who's who and level of responsibility

The Professional Learning Community

  1. Teachers support and share
  2. Mapping curriculum for continuity
  3. Student performance expectations

Accountability and Recognition

  1. Teacher-teacher feedback
  2. Observation and support

Classroom Activities and Community Meetings

  1. Form an ad hoc committee to discuss pressing issues, plan fundraising or organize a community gathering to celebrate just for fun.
  2. Implement the school spirit reading program.
  3. Create a school chant - personalize your pledge to learning and growing in your school.

This is a preparatory program for primary caregivers (in particular mothers) and younger children who have not yet started school.

  1. A value is placed on the fact that the parent is the child's first and most influential teacher.
  2. Building a bridge between home and school in the early years heightens awareness of school issues and actively promotes school involvement.
  3. Effective tools and techniques are taught for parents on how to discipline with kindness and firmness, which is neither punitive nor permissive.
  4. Work with and teach parents who love their children, but lack tools to effectively parent for today's world.
  5. Early literacy and communication skill promotion and the value of long lasting education.