We are thrilled to announce a NEW workshop open to the public: Acquisition Academy! Join us for the inaugural event from June 22-24 in Dallas, Texas.

Led by Director of Training Elicia Cárdenas and a team of instructional coaches, this three-day workshop on Acquisition Driven Instruction is designed to get you up and running with Acquisition Driven Instruction for the 2023-2024 school year.

Teach for Acquisition.

At The Comprehensible Classroom, we are all about Acquisition Driven Instruction. This means that we support teachers in moving toward a more implicit model of language teaching. Instead of teaching students about a language (its words and its forms), we are focused on using the language communicatively in class in a way that is optimized for their brains to process so that their proficiency grows naturally.

Here’s what you can expect from Acquisition Academy:

Day 1: Introduction to Acquisition

The first day of the workshop will be focused on building a foundational knowledge of the what, why, and how of teaching for acquisition.

Day 2: Introduction to Assessment

Take a deep dive into standards-based assessment practices for a comprehension based classroom, and delve into grading practices that increase motivation, decrease bias, and promote equity.

Day 3: Classroom Cooperation, Engagement, and Differentiation

Get practical strategies for classroom engagement and cooperation in an acquisition driven classroom plus ideas for differentiation that can be applied to many lessons.


What sets Acquisition Academy apart? The Comprehensible Classroom believes that COACHING is one of the most impactful and empowering ways for teachers to make big changes in their classroom. For that reason, a team of instructional coaches will join us for Days 2-3 of the workshop, and attendees will have the opportunity to try out their new skills with an expert coach present to support and cheer them on.

Register now!

Registration is limited to 120 attendees, and the investment is $300.00 plus applicable taxes and fees. Unfortunately, we cannot hold registration spots—if you want your school to send you to this workshop, ask your admin now! Email us if you need a syllabus or other supporting documentation.

Registration includes daily workshop admission, lunch, materials, and instructional coaching for the three days of the Academy.

Graduate Credits are available for an additional cost through a partner institution.

Is this the right workshop for you?

If you are new to Acquisition Driven Instruction, yes! Acquisition Academy is for you.

If you use The Somos Curriculum or one of the other language curricula from The Comprehensible Classroom and have never received formal training, yes! Acquisition Academy is you.

If you have attended Teaching and Assessing for Acquisition with Elicia or Martina in the past, yes! Acquisition Academy is for you. You can choose to attend the full Academy, or you can choose to register for Days 2-3 only.

If you are experienced in Acquisition Driven Instruction and have been trained before, Acquisition Academy may not be for you. Instead, we recommend you check out the Fluency Matters conference in St. Petersburg in July!

2 replies on “Enroll now in Acquisition Academy!

  1. Hello,
    I am interested in the Acquisition Academy in Dallas. I would like for my school to pay for it but need to know how to go about it. Please get back with me ASAP. Thanks!

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