Saturday, June 1, 2013


Summer Professional Development Opportunities for Literacy

**click on titles for informational flyer on registration details**

Reading Apprenticeship (Middle and High School): WISD August 19, 20 and September 24.  Learn the framework that both teachers and students use to grow as literate thinkers and in their comprehension as they speak, read, write, and listen across the curriculum. 

Washtenaw Writing Collaborative (Middle and High School)WISD August 21, 22, and September 25.  Learn best practices in writing built on the spirit and principals of the Reading Apprenticeship framework, and develop an implementation plan for your classroom. 

Michigan Model ELA Model Curriculum: Professional Learning for Literacy Leaders (K-12):  Lansing, MI June 24-27.   Learn the writing units aligned to ELA CCSS with current reading and writing theory and practice supporting UDL and RtI approaches, formative and summative assessments.

11th Annual Summer Literacy Conference- RLTC (K-8) August 13, 14, 15, 2013 in Hillsdale, MI.   Attend 1, 2, or all 3 days.  Topics include Writing and the CCSS, Close and Critical Reading, and Nonfiction. Nell Duke is the guest speaker on Day 3.  

Internet Resources

     In his Knowledge Quest article, Michael Edson (Smithsonian Institution) recommends several websites with resources for librarians, teachers, and students:

            • The Encyclopedia of Life has a wiki   
               page for every species on Earth.

            • Zooniverse enables citizens to
              contribute to scientific research (for example, accurately
              modeling global climate change).

            • OpenStreetMap is a free,
              worldwide map in the fashion of a wiki.

            • has 900,000
              participants who have created more than 26,000,000
              family trees.

            • Kickstarter is a crowd-funding
              project that has raised $319 million for various projects.  

Pedagogy Wheel

   This wheel, originally designed to show Blooms Taxonomy levels, was adapted to consider pedagogy possibilities for mobile devices.  It gets us thinking about how Bloom's levels from 1956 can be pulled into the 21st century with the technology that exists today for students and teachers.  

SBAC Resource 

The SBAC Practice Test is set to be available today!
      Available nearly two years before the assessment system is implemented in the 2014-15 school year, the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests allow teachers, students, parents, and other interested parties to experience the features of online testing and gain insight into how Smarter Balanced will assess students’ mastery of the Common Core.
    The Smarter Balanced Practice Test is available to schools and districts for practice and training purposes, professional development activities, and for discussions with parents, policymakers, and other interested stakeholders.

You can find the practice test at: