CFL's Partners Include:
ASES Program, Woodland Joint Unified School District (8 schools)
Willow Spring Elementary
Oak Ridge Elementary
Shearer Charter School
Delta Elementary Charter School
Lighthouse Charter School
Leroy Greene Middle School
Fern Bacon Middle School
Pueblo Vista Magnet School
Harkness Elementary School
Leataata Floyd Elementary School
Marguerite Montgomery Elementary
Twin Rivers School District
John D. Sloat Elementary
Jason Knighton, founder of Conditions For Learning, has been working in urban classrooms for 25 years. After graduating from California State University Sacramento (CSUS), with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1992, he obtained his teaching credential from the Multicultural/Multilingual Teacher Preparation Center within CSUS, Sacramento in 1993.
Jason spent the next eleven years teaching in Richmond, San Rafael, and Sacramento, California. Throughout these years, Jason was exposed to and sought professional development that supported his drive to create learning environments that are inclusive, engaging, and academically challenging for students. Tribes, Kids and Creeks, Marilyn Burns, the California Literacy Project, the Literacy Achievement Project, Project Based Learning, and Optimal Learning Environments are still influential in his pedagogical philosophy for teaching and learning.
Jason received his administrative credential from the Urban Leadership Program of CSU, Sacramento. He continued working in the classroom while obtaining this credential, but began seeking possible areas in education that would further his growth and desire to improve student academic achievement.
Jason joined Action Learning Systems, Inc. as an Instructional Coach. He spent three years providing educators with group in-services, in-class support, coaching, and proven strategies for increasing academic achievement. More specifically, Jason provided professional development and model lessons in the areas of Standards-Based Lesson Design, Reciprocal Teaching, Process Writing, Expository Text Handling, A Balanced Approach to Mathematics, Data Analysis, Specially Designed Instruction in English (SDAIE), and facilitated collaborative grade level planning. He worked with teachers and students primarily in Stockton, Sacramento, Woodland, Napa, and Oakland, California, as well as consulting in Washington D.C.
Jason fully committed himself to establishing Conditions For Learning. Jason believes that with effective conditions, schools can increase student achievement, decrease suspensions and referrals, and improve teacher retention rates. Jason's educational model is punctuated by his enthusiasm and belief that educators must have high academic and behavioral expectations of students, and create environments in which students are held accountable to those expectations every moment of every day.
Since 2007, Jason has had the pleasure of working with a variety of schools and programs in Sacramento, Woodland, Napa, and Stockton. Rational Discipline, Structuring Interaction, Formative Assessment, Units Of Study, and Project Based Learning are the most popular of his trainings. Sharing the Conditions For Learning framework, providing in-class support, coaching, and developing partnerships are integral pieces in helping educators create engaging, responsive, inspiring classrooms for all students.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucius