Thursday, July 28, 2016

August

Back to School! 

Literacy Activities to Build a Healthy Classroom Culture


ReadWriteThink, a collaboration of the International Literacy Association (ILA), and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), is a trusted source for teacher created and teacher approved literacy based activities for the K-12 classroom. ReadWriteThink has a plethora of resources for back-to-school, including community building, booklists, autobiographies, literacy centers, and team building activities.  Check it out! 


Fall Professional Development Offerings


Life's Better...When You Blend
October 5, 2016    $25
Register HERE  and see more information
*This session, for grades 6-12 teachers of all content areas, will evaluate how blended learning can be used to personalize learning for students. 

EdCamp:  Total Contact Literacy 

October 15 at Eastern Michigan University  FREE
More information to come! 
This is relevant for K-12 teachers.


Writing Collaborative Three Day Workshop

October 13, 14 and November 3  $125  
Register HERE and see full description
*This is most useful for grades 4-12 teachers of all subject areas. 

It is centered on writing in the content areas.


Echoes and Reflections & Wiesel's Night

November 2, 2016  $25
Register HERE and see full description
*This is most useful for middle and high school ELA 
and social studies teachers.

     

Writing Collaborative:  SAT Essay Edition

November 17    $25
Register HERE and see more information
*High school ELA and Social Studies teachers 
will understand SAT writing in order to support students.

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STAY TUNED for Winter Professional Learning offerings!


  • Research Writing with Dr. Troy Hicks



Monday, June 27, 2016

July

Summer Reading for YOU!

For Literacy Instruction


Elementary:

"By the end of each book in this series you will understand both what not to and what to do to improve student learning."
-Nell Duke and Ellin Oliver Keene, Series Editors

Much like the diet phenomenon Eat This Not That, this series aims to replace some common, existing teaching practices with approaches that are more effective—healthier, if you will—for our students. We hope to draw attention to widespread practices around important instructional topics that have little support in research or professional wisdom and offer alternatives that have greater support. Each text is collaboratively written by authors representing research and practice. By the end of each book, you will understand both what not to do, and what to do, to improve student learning (from Heineman.com)  


* These texts will be among the book club choices for the SOEL network. 


Secondary



Disciplinary Literacy is about to go from theory to game plan—taking students from superficial understanding to deep content expertise. And guess what? ReLeah Lent’s big secret lies in highlighting each content area’s differences—advancing a discipline-specific model in which literacy is used as a tool for strategic thinking, reading, writing, and doing within each field.
That’s right—no more reading strategies used uniformly across the curriculum. Instead, This Is Disciplinary Literacy helps content-area teachers put into action the key literacies of their specialties. Teaching science? Students must evaluate evidence and question as they read. History? Comparing and contrasting sources and interpreting the import of events are key. Writing in Math? Accuracy is favored over elaboration and craft. Reading fiction in ELA? Synthesizing and attuning to voice and figurative language reign supreme. Students fully own knowledge because your instruction zeroes in on the academic habits that matter most.  


* This text will be a book club choice this year for the IDLL network.




For Pleasure Reading

NPR's 100 Best Summer Beach Reads Ever!  


Looking for something to read on the beach?  These 100 titles are recommended by NPR listeners!  








Summer Professional Learning



Friday, May 27, 2016

June

Preventing Summer Reading Loss


If you haven't checked out the Michigan eLibrary lately, do so before your students leave for the summer!  The Books and Literacy Gateway is full of FREE PreK-12 reading materials for students to access.  You may also want to listen to this archived webinar from MeL on Summer Reading 2016.

Summer Professional Learning

Monday, May 2, 2016

May


SOEL and the Essential Instructional Practices of Early Literacy 

     Going into it's fourth year, the Study of Early Literacy of WISD and LESA (SOEL) will continue working on PreK-3 literacy instruction, and now has the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy to grow our work around best practices. I've been fortunate to continue collaboration with literacy educators from around Michigan on the Early Literacy Task Force of the MAISA GELN. Members of the Task Force include Dr. Nell Duke of UM and Dr. Tanya Wright of MSU, along with representatives from a number of educational organizations in Michigan, including not only ISDs, but also MRA, MDEMACUL, MEMPSA, and REMC,  among others.

We created two documents:
In developing the documents, we relied heavily on research and focused on high-utility instructional practices.  
Additional documents, such as Essential Practices in Literacy Coaching and Literacy Essentials School-Level Companion Document are also in the works. Task Force leaders Joanne Hopper (MAISA GELN Director), Naomi Norman (Interim Assistant Superintendent, Achievement & Student Services at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and the Livingston Education Agency), and Susan Townsend (Director of Instruction & Learning Services at the Jackson Intermediate School District) continue to pull the group together for collaboration on this work. 
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Ed Tech News from REMC 

 (Regional Educational Media Centers)

Free Tools Available for Teachers and Administrators

The REMC Association of Michigan offers a variety of free tools for teachers, including:
  • Professional development courses:
o   Blended Learning in the Classroom


Administrator resources available to REMC members include 

    Connect with the REMC Association of Michigan and its resources:
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Summer Literacy Professional Learning  Opportunities 

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

April


Quick Reads on Literacy Instruction 

  • This Edutopia article gives us five reminders about best practices in literacy instruction in all classrooms.  Read the entire article for more details on audience, interests, conversations, modeling and accountability around literacy in the classroom. 
  • This TeachingHistory article gives us tips on how to teach reading of primary documents

Summer Learning Opportunities


Disciplinary Literacy Institute 

  •  for teachers of all subjects grades 6-12   
  •  June 28, 29, 30  at Eastern Michigan University
  • $25-  SCHECHS available

SOEL- Study of Early Literacy 

  • for teachers in PreK- grade 3    
  • August 1-5   8:30-3:30 at Pathfinder School, Pinckney  
  • FREE for WISD/LESA teachers-  SCHECHS available

*See flyers below for information and registration.



Monday, February 29, 2016

March


March is Reading Month 2016 is all about reading for EVERYONE- students of all grade levels, in every content area, and all educators, too!  View the two minute video from our state superintendent, Brian Whiston, and then check out the plethora of resources at the MDE March is Reading Month website  and the Michigan eLibrary (MeL)




Upcoming Professional Learning

Assessing Student Metacognition

March 7, 9:00-3:00 at WISD

     This professional development course is for teachers who would like to teach their students to demonstrate metacognitive thought processes through text annotation. This one day class is divided into three parts: first, we consider what metacognition is by looking at the brain science behind the concepts of short term memory and executive function; then we share classroom practices for direct teaching of specific metacognitive reading and writing strategies through text annotation; and finally, we practice how to assess students’ annotations with tools like the Curriculum Embedded Reading Assessment.  
                                    $40.00  Register HERE

Writing Collaborative:  SAT Essay Edition

March 11, 2016    9:00-3:00  at WISD
This workshop aims to form an understanding of the SAT Essay in order to support students in:
- differences in ACT and SAT writing;
- examining authors claim;
- analysis of writing;
- looking at the structure of argument in writing;
- resources for support;
- how the SAT Essay is scored
$25  Register HERE



Reading, Thinking and Writing About History

A Virtual Book Chat with author Dr. Chauncey Monte-Sano

Join us April 21 from 4:00-5:00 on Adobe Connect to learn about Reading, Thinking, and Writing About History.  You need not have the book to join the conversation.  Register HERE!






Summer Professional Learning





Friday, January 29, 2016

February

Literacy Networks of WISD/LESA

SOEL 


The Study of Early Literacy (SOEL) network for PreK-3 educators is in the third year of practice. We now host meetings on sight at SOEL teacher's schools which allows us to see SOEL practices in action. The Big Learnings of SOEL are proving successful for student growth in early elementary classrooms and are aligned to top literacy researchers, Dr. Nell Duke and Dr. Tanya Wright.   

**SAVE the DATE for the SOEL Summer Institute August 1-5 in Pinckney to join the SOEL network.  More information to come soon. 

IDLL 

The Inquiry into Disciplinary Literacy and Learning (IDLL) Network is in the first year of practice. IDLL, for secondary teachers, builds on the Reading Apprenticeship and Writing Collaborative foundations by diving into more recent research around disciplinary literacy.  Our Disciplinary Literacy Showcase at EMU last month provided the opportunity to talk with mathematicians, scientists, and writers about their authentic writing practices. Teachers shared lessons from their classroom, and listened to a college student panel explain experiences with writing in the disciplines as young adults.   *SAVE the DATE for the Disciplinary Literacy Institute June 28, 29, 30 at EMU.  

Upcoming Professional Development

Reading Apprenticeship Training: 5 Day Cross Content 

This training is a full five days: February 22, 23, 24 AND March 22, 23 at WISD  REGISTER HERE 

This updated training includes five full days of content with three trained facilitators, a binder of materials to use during and after the training, and a copy of the best-selling and newly updated book, Reading for Understanding, which describes the Reading Apprenticeship framework with examples from many subject area classrooms, ranging from middle school through community college.
$250     SCHECHS Available.

Assessing Student Metacognition

March 7, 9:00-3:00 at WISD
     This professional development course is for teachers who would like to teach their students to demonstrate metacognitive thought processes through text annotation. This one day class is divided into three parts: first, we consider what metacognition is by looking at the brain science behind the concepts of short term memory and executive function; then we share classroom practices for direct teaching of specific metacognitive reading and writing strategies through text annotation; and finally, we practice how to assess students’ annotations with tools like the Curriculum Embedded Reading Assessment.  $40.00 (Free with 5 Day RA registration).


Writing Collaborative:  SAT Essay Edition

March 11, 2016    9:00-3:00  at WISD


This workshop aims to being an understanding of the SAT Essay in order to support students in:
- Differences in ACT and SAT writing
- Examining authors claim
- Analysis of writing
- Looking at the structure of argument in writing
- Resources for support
- How the SAT Essay is scored.
$25  Register HERE

*PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS SPECIFICALLY FOR THE SAT ESSAY.  OTHER PORTIONS OF THE SAT WILL NOT BE COVERED.