Professional Development Workshops for Educators provided by Illumien Asia

Leading Change & Transforma+ion

“Let’s put our minds together and see what life

we can make for our children.” 

When you work with Illumien Asia, you have a partner that shares your passion for student success. We focus on your highest-priority needs, collaborating closely with you to achieve success on professional learning assignments, district-wide instructional initiatives or total school improvement. Our combination of people, rigorous processes and data-driven accountability offers an integrated system that empowers you to impact teacher effectiveness, close student achievement gaps, create a culture of continuous improvement and assure that the next generation is ready to meet the world.

Upcoming Workshops

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T3 Cyber-Teacher Labs

The Cyber Learning Lab is a series of three highly interactive experiential online workshops designed and facilitated by Dr. Magana. The T3 CyberTeacher Lab will accelerate teachers’ ability to implement T3 strategies and increase student learning and wellbeing in-person, online, and hybrid learning environments. Participants will also gain access to the online T3 Academy of self-paced learning modules, resources, and tools.

25 - 27 May

09:00 - 11:00


Dr Sonny Magana

Educational Technology Pioneer and Researcher,
Magana Institution

The Highly Contributive & Engaged Classroom

The Highly Contributive & Engaged Classroom is a series of two highly interactive experiential online workshops designed and facilitated by Dr. Magana. These workshops will accelerate teachers’ and leaders’ ability to measurably improve students’ attention, engagement, and contribution to the learning and wellbeing of their classmates. Participants will also gain access to concrete strategies and digital tools and resources to successfully implement the three pillars of contributive learning theory in in-person, online, and hybrid learning environments.

23 - 24 Jun 

09:00 - 11:00



Ms Lane Clark

Where Thinking and Learning Meet

This workshop invites participants to examine current beliefs and practice. It focuses on ‘BIG picture’ pedagogy as it relates to the explicit and visible teaching of learning through process and thinking through the use of thinking tools and strategies and micro learning processes.  The comprehensive, explicit and visible infusion of thinking into the learning process provides the building blocks for deep learning. It enables and empowers learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of how they learn and how they think so that independence, self directed, rigorous agency can become a reality.

This workshop offers a fresh and practical approach to re-thinking and re-engineering how teachers teach and how learners learn.

30 May - 07 Jun 08:30 - 11:30


Learning Consultant & Pedagogy Expert

Where Assessment Meets Thinking and Learning

A symbiotic relationship exists between thinking, learning and criterion-based formative and summative assessment and evaluation. Criteria, void of thinking, result in little more than quantity statements and/or statements of subjective quality language. Neither stretches the learner in his performance, and the latter results in confusion and often a need for moderation. When a learner is provided with criteria but is not given the opportunity to develop deep knowledge and understanding of their elements through the infusion of the learning process, the criteria use is compromised, and the end result becomes so much less than it could be. It’s about the thinking process. It’s about the learning process. It’s about the relationship between assessment, thinking and learning.

Indeed – it’s where assessment meets thinking and learning!

28 Nov - 02 Dec

08:30 - 11:30


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Dr Dylan Wiliam

Professor Emeritus of Educational Assessment, University College London

Assessment Literacy

Even the best-designed assessment system needs to be implemented thoughtfully, which requires that all users of assessment evidence have a certain degree of assessment literacy— an understanding of both the meanings and the consequences of educational assessments. Participants will learn what makes some assessments better than others, why student progress measures are almost entirely useless, why most tests will never produce useful diagnostic information on students, and why most school assessment systems do not do the things they are intended to do. The sessions will include a consideration of how assessments are interpreted, recorded, and reported to key stakeholders, as well as some in-class suggestions for how to get good and quick feedback from students.

Session 1: Quality in assessment

Session 2: Assessment literacy

Session 3: Assessment design

Session 4: Evidence-centered design

26 & 29 - 31 Aug 08:00 - 09:30


Metacognition, Motivation, and Self-Regulated Learning

The term “metacognition” refers to any knowledge that individuals have about their own learning processes. Although some researchers have suggested that metacognition includes self-regulated learning, there is now increasing agreement—amongst researchers at least—that it is more helpful to view metacognition as one of three components of self-regulated learning, with the other two being cognition (thinking) and motivation.


This course will outline the main theories of self-regulated learning, and show how students’ capacity for self-regulated learning can be developed both indirectly (through the development of a supportive learning environment) and directly, through teacher modelling and by explicit teaching of cognitive strategies, metacognitive strategies and social-emotional strategies.

06 - 09 Sep 08:00 - 09:30



Dr Michelle Winner

CEO of Social Thinking & Social-cognitive Therapist

Social Thinking, Social Learning & Becoming a Social Detective

02 Nov

08:30 - 10:45


This keynote will explore Social Thinking’s Social Competency Model to highlight four key elements necessary for improving one’s social learning and related social responses: attend, interpret, problem solve and respond. With this information as our backdrop, Social Thinking Vocabulary and related strategies will be taught to encourage younger students to become social detectives and older students to become social spies. By encouraging the growth of student’s social self-awareness, they also learn to improve social self regulation. All information reviewed in this session can be used in inclusive settings. The Social Thinking Methodology has a large range of teaching frameworks and strategies for students of all ages, including adults.


  1. The participant will explain the four-part process when teaching social competencies.

  2. The participant will describe why we teach students to become aware of social expectations prior to having them learn to adapt their own behavior.

  3. The participant will explain why telling a student to “stop blurting” likely won’t lead to generalized decreases in that behavior.


Ms Karen Boyes

Teaching with Thinking Dispositions

The world is changing and it is not going to go back! Are you future proofing your students and preparing them for the changes ahead? If you are simply teaching content, a machine will fast replace you. 21st Century education is far more than the content. It is about preparing students for an ever-changing world.


In this presentation, Karen will unpack the fundamentals of true learning and growth. You will look at strategies for those learned helpless students, the perfectionists and the non-engaged. Karen will introduce you to teaching through the dispositional lenses. Packed with practical examples you can use the next day in the classroom, Karen will challenge you to make simple and subtle changes that will have a lasting impact on student success.

08 Nov

08:30 - 11:00


Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)

Using Structures and Strategies for True Engagement

09 Nov

08:30 - 10:30


Learn simple yet effective structures and strategies that mean you can facilitate learning and discussion, rather than leading it and being the central focus. You will learn how to ground students in the here and now, fun and educational ways to put students into groups, ways to allow students to take the lead in the discussion and idea generation and great ways to engage learners. A fun and fast paced session!

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Top Strategies for Differentiated Instruction

30 Sep

08:30 - 10:30


Join Dr. Carolyn Coil for a brief overview of differentiation by first examining the Coil Horizontal and Vertical Differentiation Model. The major part of this workshop will be to understand and see examples of four differentiation strategies including Flexible Grouping, Curriculum Compacting, Differentiated Products and Performances focusing on Learning Preferences, and Tiered Lessons and Units. This two-hour workshop will focus on ideas and strategies you can use right away. 

Dr Carolyn Coil

Educational Consultant
& Author

Differentiating Curriculum and Assessment using Local (Singapore) Standards

16 - 17 Nov

08:30 - 10:30


Teachers have a wider range of students than ever before.  Our students have marked differences in ability levels, readiness, interests, learning styles and language acquisition. How can teachers meet the needs of all students when those needs are so diverse?  This workshop focuses on practical strategies showing the “how-to” of differentiation.

We will discuss when and how to use pre-assessment, formative assessment and summative assessment.  We will compare and contrast the elements of standardized assessments and differentiated assessments and analyze the benefits of each in a differentiated classroom. You will learn how to develop and write assessment criteria, rubrics and about the many uses of criteria cards. Throughout this workshop, we will see how these differentiated activities and assessments support Singapore’s Framework for 21st Century Competencies and Student Outcomes. If you need practical, user-friendly strategies to deal with the wide varieties of students you teach, this workshop is for you! 

Developing Critical and Creative Thinking Skills in the Standards-Based Classroom

18 Nov

08:30 - 10:30


Recent research shows that today’s students are less creative and less analytical than those of earlier generations.  Yet critical and creative thinking are two essential 21st century skills. In this interactive workshop, Carolyn shows how to infuse the 4C’s - Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Critical Thinking - into classrooms at all grade levels.


Workshop participants will learn ways to teach and use these skills in their classrooms. Featured are three formats - Questivities™, SCAMPER, and Encounter Lessons - that enhance and encourage critical and creative thinking.  In this workshop, everyone will participate in three lessons (one example from each format) so that they will understand how each works.

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Dr Douglas Finn

Educational Consultant

Personalized Competency-Based Education

Learn about the key differences between time-based and performance-based systems of learning, and explore the benefits of a student-centered approach to teaching and learning that allows students to move through levels of content at their appropriate pace. This training provides an overview of key terms, concepts, and approaches for personalized learning and competency-based education, with a focus on the Marzano Resources Reinventing Schools approach.

  • Discover an approach for designing and implementing personalized competency-based education in classrooms and schools.

  • Learn about implementation from concrete examples in schools.

  • Examine practical strategies for addressing key design questions.​

10 Nov

08:30 - 10:30



Dr Jason Harlacher

Educational Consultant

Designing Effective Classroom Management

Create a classroom environment that supports student achievement and fosters positive behaviors. This training provides teachers and school leaders with an overview of the keys to positive and proactive classroom management, using real-life examples and practical steps for implementation.

  • Define and teach classroom expectations and rules.

  • Create classroom structure and procedures.

  • Learn effective methods for increasing student engagement.

  • Reinforce classroom expectations with a range of strategies.

  • Manage unwanted behavior using a hierarchy of appropriate responses.

11 Nov

08:30 - 10:30