Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Looking Ahead at Literacy PD at WISD

 Knowing how busy schedules can get, many literacy trainings have been arranged for the whole 2013-2014 school year so that you may plan ahead.  See below for dates that are now scheduled, keeping in mind that this may be added to or changed as necessary. 

Writing Collaborative (secondary content areas):

Fall 2013: Oct. 22, 23 and Nov. 14
Winter 2014: Feb. 6, 7 and March 7
Spring 2014: April 29, 30 and May 16

Reading Apprenticeship (secondary content areas):

Fall 2013:      Sept. 24, 25, and Oct. 17 *This is a change from the August dates 
Winter 2014:  Jan. 28, 29 and Feb. 12
Spring 2014:   April 22, 23 and May 14

Early Literacy: 

Tim Shanahan on Early Literacy:  March 11, 2014

*All details, costs, and registrations can be found on WISD GoSignMeUP! 

Educational Technology

  •     Graphite will soon be launched as a tool for educators to search for digital tools by grade, subject, platform, price and other variables and then view comprehensive reviews and ratings for each one. Think of it as the Consumer Reports for ed tech. In addition to including reviews from Common Sense Media’s own editorial team of former teachers, the site enables teachers to contribute their own evaluations with the technology. Each review page also includes the key standards supported by that particular ed tech tool. See more about Graphite
  •  Google Teacher Academy is a free professional development experience designed to help primary and secondary educators from around the globe get the most from innovative technologies. Produced by CUE, each Academy is an intensive, two-day event during which participants get hands-on experience with Google’s free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and immerse themselves in a supportive community of educators making impact.  Those who attend become Google Certified Teachers (GCT’s), which allows you to put a little badge on your website showing off your achievement, but lays out a number of expectations following the completion of the actual academy.  Interested?  Read How to Join the Google Teacher Academy.

Summer Reading

     No July Literacy Newsletter would be complete without mentioning summer reading.  Enjoy these fun infographics!