Thursday, November 20, 2014


Speaking and Listening

Erik Palmer was our guest speaker for the October 1 K-12 Literacy Summit.  If you didn't get a chance to be with us that day, the important work Erik is doing seems to be everywhere now! 

    His PVLEGS framework for speaking and listening can be seen here, but is also explained in this recent ASCD article, "Now Presenting."
Erik's framework is based upon his years on a debate team, working on the stock exchange, and over 20 years in the classroom. You'll find the framework easy to implement into something you and your students are already doing in the classroom- speaking and listening! 

               Parents as Writing Partners
     Encourage parents to write with their children. By creating and telling a story, children learn to organize their thoughts and use written language to communicate with readers in a variety of ways. Writing stories also helps children better read, and understand, stories written by other people.

      But as much fun as it can be, writing a story can also seem like a challenge to a child (or an adult!). By familiarizing a child with how authors create stories and what the different parts of a story are, introducing visual or written prompts that inspire him or her to think of story ideas, and encouraging him or her to plan before starting to write, you’ll help the child make a complete and imaginative story.

          Upcoming Professional Development

Winter K-12 Literacy Summit

Socially and Culturally Relevant Literacy

Dr. Ernest Morrell of Teacher's College of Columbia University  

January 21, 2015

      Finding effective ways to teach today’s student population is perhaps the greatest challenge facing literacy educators in the United States. As classrooms become increasingly diverse, educators struggle to find curricula and pedagogical strategies that are inclusive and affirmative yet facilitate the development of academic and critical literacies. Much of the multicultural education literature has limited conceptions of culture as a racial or ethnic identity. Teachers have little help on creating learning communities in multiethnic classrooms (Mc,Carthy, 1998).
     Join Dr. Morrell to learn about new approaches for critical reading of popular culture to help all students deconstruct dominant narratives in the teaching of literacy.

  Writing Collaborative

 Helping teachers and students understand writing in the content areas in  order to make explicit the processes and strategies needed to improve  student writing, including:

-What we do when we write
-Practice of successful writers
-Helping students measure metacognition
-Four sure things teachers can do to improve student writing

All trainings are three days in length: 
  • Winter 2015- February 25, 26, and March 12


Reading Apprenticeship

Participants will:

1. Learn about the RA framework and
    instructional practices that support students'
     reading improvement.
    2. Develop and refine their own classroom
        practices in RA.
      3. Learn powerful instructional strategies
         that support content-area reading, writing,
         and thinking.
        4. Learn a set of rich routines to support the
           'metacognitive' conversation at the heart of RA.

        Training- Winter 2015: February 3, 4 and 24.   REGISTER HERE

        Writing in the World Language Classroom: Where there are words, there is magic!

        February 10, 2015
        8:30-3:30 at WISD 

        Writing in another language involves much more than translating and completing homework assignments from the text.  Writing is a powerful skill through which students express themselves in the new language.  This workshop addresses the national and state standards for written communication, compares those standards with common core expectations for writing, and explores a variety of real-world writing tasks and strategies at the word, phrase, sentence and paragraph level across a range of proficiency levels.


        Anne Grundstrom Nerenz, Ph.D.
        Editor, Foreign Language Annals
        Director, K-12 World Language Teacher Certification
        Eastern Michigan University
        Register HERE for FREE