Banner announcing Poised for Proficiency Workshop in Philadelphia, November 15-16, 2019


teach confidently | teach effectively | teach sustainably


"These skills feel like the missing link between my previous training and full success in my classroom." ~ I.H.


Extending awareness and control of our minds, bodies, and voices improves everything that teachers do, from planning and implementing instruction to interacting with students, parents, and colleagues. This is all the more true in a class that is all about communication.


But where do we start?


This two-day workshop offers a pressure-free setting for teachers to see and practice mind, body, and voice techniques that promote calmness, focus, comprehension, memory, management, community, and joy among students, as well as teachers’ own health and longevity, reducing the stress that teaching places on body, voice, and mind.


Participants will learn to apply the techniques to numerous procedures for the proficiency-oriented, comprehensible-input-rich classroom, including Personalized Q & A (PQA), PictureTalk, Storyasking, Write & Discuss, Brain Breaks, and a variety of reading tasks.


Join Justin to make big strides toward being the most peaceful, poised teacher you can be—for your students and for yourself!

For a taste of some of the techniques, see these posts on using your voice and movement and posture.

All techniques are modifiable based on ability or comfort.



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*discounted if combined with Mea Gaudia Narret Latin teacher workshop


"I couldn't believe how quickly—immediately—the mind, body, and voice techniques paid off." ~ A.K.

Justin Slocum Bailey is a veteran language, music, and martial arts instructor crazy about helping teachers and learners succeed with less stress and more joy. Drawing on his background in acting, teaching, coaching, martial arts, yoga, and mindfulness, Justin is diving ever deeper into mind-body-&-voice skills that make the work of language teachers more peaceful, effective, and sustainable. Look for his book and audio resources supporting these practices later in 2019!

The best professional development workshop I have ever attended.

I loved the interactivity with the teacher and other participants. Justin’s enthusiasm and sense of humor were amazing!

You won't find a more dynamic, practical, and informative workshop for your practice as a teacher.

One of the most inspiring teachers, and humans, I've had the pleasure of knowing.

The best thing about this workshop was the safe environment. I didn’t feel intimidated or pressured to convert my entire classroom. We learned very reasonable strategies and activities to use immediately.

I truly didn’t want today to end! This is the type of professional development that teachers crave.

JSB is my new hero. I mean, I really enjoyed watching him work and hearing him speak. He's authentic, intelligent, sincere. The real deal.

The movement! The hacks for staying in flow... So needed!

Justin was great. I like that he is animated, yet low-key. He inspired me to recommit to a focus on communication as the essential task in my classes.

I learned by experience that I really can do this!