Monday, March 31, 2014


April is National Poetry Month! 

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH is not just for English teachers! 

Inspire the Next Poet Laureate!
     Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers and poets throughout the country join to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events. Here are some helpful links.
 Edutopia offers a number of resources, including perspectives on how to teach poetry, classroom activities, and inspirational videos. 

• At the American Academy of Poets, educators can sign up to get a free poster and check out other resources celebrating the event, including 30 ways to celebrate poetry.

• The National Poetry Foundation houses many helpful tools online, including Poetry Magazine, monthly podcasts (try "Without the Blues There Would Be No Jazz"), poetry tours of cities, information about how your class can participate in the national poetry contest, Poetry Out Loud, and a browser to search poets and poetry by genre.  

• The Library of Congress offers Poetry 180, a poem a day for American high school students. 

Writing in the Digital Age

     In this Edutopia Big Thinkers video, Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, co-director of the National Writing Project, talks about writing in the digital age and how writing has evolved.  How has communication through writing changed?  As you watch and listen to Elyse, think about how this applies to your classroom, your students, and your teaching. 

Professional Development

Writing Collaborative (grades 4-12)

  • April 29, 30, and May 16, 2014 at WISD 8:30-3:30 
  •  June 18, 19, 20  2014 at WISD 8:30-3:30
*All details, costs, and registrations can be found on WISDGoSignMeUP!

Reading Apprenticeship (grades 4-12)

April 22, 23 and May 14, 2014 at WISD 8:30-3:30 


June 24, 25, 26 at WISD 8:30-3:30 

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

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Saturday, March 1, 2014


Literacy Education in the United States

Remodeling Literacy Learning Together

     The National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) has shown that educators' most powerful learning experiences come from working with their colleagues.  In a recent survey, NCLE wanted to find out if schools and districts are taking a capacity building or incentive driven approach to putting the CCSS for literacy in place. The graphic below illustrates their findings:
*See that entire report HERE

Literacy Initiatives at WISD

     On February 27th, teachers of all subject areas, instructional coaches, and administrators met with Literacy Leaders of Washtenaw and Livingston counties to plan for literacy instruction implementation in their buildings.  If you missed it, please view the highlights below for updates on Writing Collaborative and Reading Apprenticeship. 

*Upcoming Writing Collaborative and Reading Apprenticeship Training for Teachers:


Cool Websites for Literacy Integration

  Would you like unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles? Newsela has new CCSS aligned articles everyday and it is free! 

Graph of the Week
Part of being literate means being able to read, comprehend, and write about graphs.  Graph of the Week  provides graphs, questions for reading and thinking about them, and writing prompts for each graph, and it is all free! 
*Thanks to Brandon Szwejkowski of Milan Area Schools for sharing these at our Writing Collaborative meeting! 

Other Literacy PD this Spring & Summer

  • Inkstains- A summer writing camp for students middle and high school students.