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Special Article

English Language Learning Workshop
Survey Results

Sweetwater County School District and Team Kagan

To cite this article: Team Kagan. English Language Learning Workshop Survey Results. Kagan Online Magazine, Issue #59. San Clemente, CA: Kagan Publishing. www.KaganOnline.com

Sweetwater County School District in Rock Springs, Wyoming, hosted a Kagan two-day English Language Learners workshop on July 10th and 11th, 2018. The workshop provides “Kagan Structures to skyrocket comprehension and fluency.” The thrust of the workshop is to help limited and non-English speaking students acquire essential reading, writing, and speaking skills. Through interactive teaching strategies, students are exposed to more functional language and have the opportunity to practice English more as they interact with teammates and classmates.

The workshop was conducted by Kagan Trainer, Rachel Treaster. After Rachel conducted the workshop, Tammy Macy, Sweetwater’s Curriculum and Assessment Specialist, shared with Rachel a survey the district conducted.

The survey asked teachers a number of questions about the training and the presenter. The results were overwhelmingly positive. Overall, teachers scored the workshop a 4.9 out of 5. Notably, not a single teacher gave a negative review (Strongly Disagree or Disagree). Only one teacher had a Neutral response to one survey question. The remainder of the responses were all Agree and Strongly Agree with the majority responding Strongly Agree.

Kagan conducts a workshop evaluation after every workshop. The results are almost all 5’s on a 5-point scale. So such a positive rating is not a surprise, but it is validating to receive independent corroboration by the district that teachers are finding Kagan’s workshops so valuable. Here are the survey results…

Question 1: At which grade level do you work?

Answered: 26   Skipped: 0

Question 2: Please respond to the following statements
about the training and the presenter:

Answered: 26   Skipped: 0

The training created enthusiasm and interest.


The training increased my knowledge.


Motivation was provided for further
exploration of training topics.


The objectives were clearly stated
at the start of the training.


The objectives of the training met
a priority need for me.


The training was well-planned and executed.


The presenter was knowledgeable
in the subject area of the training.


There was adequate time allotted for coverage
of the concepts presented in the training.


The training provided some useful ideas.

Question 3: What follow-up, if any, do you feel is needed for your implementation of the concepts and/or skills presented in the training?

Answered: 26   Skipped: 0

1 It would be great if we could have the Kagan Cooperative Learning training, also.
2 Review content before school year.
3 It was an amazing training!
4 I will look for some resources. I would like some materials, but I don't feel that the use (just yet) justifies the cost of materials. I would do more training without hesitation.
5 Possible more Kagan trainings with Rachel!
6 None at this time.
7 None
8 Kagan trainings are always an amazing experience.
9 I would love to get my hands on more resources, especially the Timer and Selector Tools.
10 I will make a list of structures and ways to use them to reference during the school year.
11 Just time to plan and get ready for the year.
12 No follow-up needed. I feel confident with trying these out in my classroom!
13 I appreciate Rachel giving us her email address. Thank you.
14 Just a refresher course at a later date.
15 It would be nice if the district had some base Kagan materials to put in a help desk ticket for, such as posters, timer/mixer tools, etc.
16 None
17 N/A
18 More tools
19 I need tables in my classroom instead of desks, like I had in the old school! (My new principal is working on it.)
20 See the structures in action with kids.
21 None
22 I'd like to attend a Kagan Cooperative Learning training.
23 None
24 Loved the training. Instructor is very funny and entertaining.
25 Any additional training on new structures would be welcomed!
26 None

Question 4: Please describe the part(s) of the training
that you consider most useful.

Answered: 26   Skipped: 0

1 The video examples were very helpful, but all components were useful.
2 Practicing the structures that were taught.
3 It was a great review of strategies.
4 I gained a lot of ideas that I could quickly implement in the classroom.
5 Lots of awesome structures and ways we can use them and adapt them to fit our students’ needs! A great trainer that kept the training fun and interesting!
6 I appreciate being able to perform the structure so I can get a student perspective of them and being able to reflect and discuss them with my peers to come up with applicable ways to use them in the classroom. Awesome training! Rachel is great! Thank you!
7 The structures with the language levels was helpful. I see a lot of need at the junior high! We don't have enough supports for our JH ELL students or enough knowledge of the emergent language levels for our gen ed teachers.
8 I found that it is beneficial to know that even if the student isn't speaking, he/she is still thinking. Our trainer Rachel was amazing, very personal and engaging!
9 Structures to use in my class. :)
10 Structures and modeling. Great review/reminder of other structures.
11 All the hands-on activities
12 Rachel was an awesome presenter! She had a lot of energy and gave us plenty of time to try all the structures!
13 I felt the entire training was useful. Being able to practice and talk about our learning was awesome.
14 All of it!
15 The practical structures, and doing them!
16 I appreciated learning how to adapt different techniques to accommodate ELLs.
17 ALL OF IT!!!!
18 Practicing structures
19 I was refreshed and reminded of how important real cooperative learning is. The presenter's enthusiasm kept the training fun.
20 Rachel was amazing!
21 Practicing structures with colleagues
22 Tons of structures to use
23 Practicing with peers
24 I can utilize the structures in my classroom.
25 I really like doing the structures we are learning.
26 Learning about the different structures

Question 5: Please describe the part(s) of the training that could be improved.

Answered: 26   Skipped: 0

1 I can't think of anything.
2 N/A
3 Nothing!
4 No complaints here.
5 N/A
6 None
7 None! I thought it was awesome and am so glad I decided to come.
8 I have no areas of improvement.
9 N/A
10 It was great!
11 Enjoyed the training....maybe more.
12 N/A
13 Nothing
14 It was all GREAT!!
15 Q and A session at end
16 Nothing—the training was well-planned and well-delivered.
17 N/A
18 Good training, thank you.
19 I can't think of anything.
20 None. It was great!
21 Pacing seemed slow at times.
22 None. Wonderful!
23 None
24 Nothing
25 I can't think of anything.
26 Raffle off some Kagan materials!