Friday, December 4, 2015

December

The IDLL Network

The Inquiry into Disciplinary Literacy and Learning met November 19 on the topic of disciplinary writing.  Our article for that day was Teaching with a Disciplinary Stance, examining the difference between content area literacy and disciplinary literacy. This will prepare the group for the Disciplinary Literacy Showcase on January 14, 2016 at EMU with professors and students.   

Teachers have SOEL! 

Classroom Snapshot #1: Study of Early Literacy elements of Vocabulary, Authentic Purposes for Literacy, & Integration
Text Set
In a collaboration between a K and a 1st grade SOEL teacher, their combined classroom spent time on a very intentional, and relevant project of campaigning and the election process.  Students learned to read, write, and speak about the election process using specific vocabulary words such as campaign, polling booth, debate, election, registration, and ballot, all collected in a journal.  The teachers acted as candidates themselves, modeling slogans and announcement speeches in their running for best Pumpkin Baker. After learning about the election and campaign process through modeling, text sets, and real world examples, students were able to sign up for specific jobs to run a campaign and election process, such as debate team, registration team, and being in charge of ballots. 
   At the end of the project, students created brochures to explain the election process which were then made available to voters on election day, since their school was used as a polling location.  This is purposeful and authentic literacy in action with our youngest learners!


Winter 2016 Professional Development 

BLiC-  Blended Learning in the Classroom 

*One face-to-face meeting January 20th 4:30-7:30, followed by 15 weeks online.
 This free Blended Learning in the Classroom course is led by a highly trained instructor and will prepare participants to effectively create their own blended environment. Through active and timely praxis, participants will engage in learning, application, review, and revision of their own blended environment. This course is for classroom teachers of students of all ages, covering the theory, pedagogy, and technical elements of online work in the blended classroom. Please see the informational video here.

*SCHECHS available 
 Register HERE 

Reading Apprenticeship Training:5 Day Cross Content 

This training is a full five days: February 22, 23, 24 AND March 22, 23  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.

 Reading Apprenticeship® is a research-based and research-proven instructional framework for improving the academic literacy of middle school, high school, and college students.
Three recent randomized controlled studies found that students in Reading Apprenticeship classrooms made significant gains in literacy and disciplinary knowledge. They also developed more positive academic identities and dispositions for reading and learning.

$250     SCHECHS Available  





Tuesday, October 27, 2015

November

Connected Reading


  On October 8th, Dr. Troy Hicks led a workshop on approaches for digital texts. As we adopt smartphones and tablets for 1:1 instruction, we need to review our efforts at comprehension instruction for all kinds of digital texts. Based on a survey of over 800 adolescents, Troy and participants discussed principles of "Connected Reading" and how we can adapt existing comprehension strategies in digital spaces, and explored new opportunities for finding, managing, and reflecting on digital texts. See our whole day documented on the companion Wikispace.


The SAT Essay  


4T Virtual Conference Needs Presenters!


     We are seeking motivated, imaginative, and forward-thinking educators to present at our 4T (Teachers Teaching Teachers about Technology) Virtual Conference in May 2016. These K-12 teachers and administrators use technology to enhance communication and learning in their classrooms and schools. Read more and apply HERE!

     Upcoming Professional Development



Thursday, October 1, 2015

October

The IDLL Network

Our Inquiry into Disciplinary Literacy and Learning (IDLL) group met for the first time on September 24. With our foundation of Reading Apprenticeship and Writing Collaborative, we are coming together to take a deeper dive into the latest work around disciplinary literacy in grades 4-12. We read Collaborating for Success: The Vital Role of Content Teachers in Developing Disciplinary Literacy with Students in Grades 6-12.  Read with us if you'd like to get a taste for what IDLL is all about!


A Network with SOEL

The Study of Early Literacy (SOEL) network welcomed new members on September 30, launching our third year of learning and practice around early literacy instruction in grades PreK-3.  Some of our studies will include Dr. Tanya Wright's (MSU) All About Words and Dr. Nell Duke's  (UM) Information in Action.   

Finding Informational Text

Research has proven that students in all grades should be reading informational text throughout their day, but sometimes it is difficult to find appropriate informational texts outside the textbooks. ReadWorks.org has a collection of K-12 science articles, searchable passages by topic and lexile and grade level articles.

Upcoming Professional Development







SAVE THE DATE for the 4T Virtual Conference!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

September

International Literacy Day

This happens to fall on our first day of school this year!  The International Literacy Association has named this year "People Power: Start a Literacy Movement." ILA provides an activity kit for all ages inspired by their focus country, the Philippines. You can also build a Little Free Library as a service project to celebrate literacy all year round. If you celebrate International Literacy Day, ILA asks that you share on social media with #ILD15 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

Michigan Reads! One Book One State Children's Book Program


This year's book is Do Unto Otters: A Book about Manners by Laurie Keller.  Are you new to Michigan Reads?  Check out the video , overview, and programming guide available from the Library of Michigan. 

Upcoming Professional Development




At Eastern Michigan University

EdCamp EMWP:

Total Contact Literacy

October 24, 2015
8:00am-4:30pm
Pray-Harrold Hall
Eastern Michigan University
More details at

Friday, July 31, 2015

August

 Back-to-School 

What's Your Name?

     Summer isn't quite over yet, but with August here, many of us will begin to think about starting the next school year.   Every year the vignette"My Name" from Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street  serves as a perfect piece to read and do a name activity with new students.  I first learned this activity in a teacher education class at MSU, but there are many adaptations.  Here are two covering various grade levels. These can also be shortened to one class period or less.


Upcoming Literacy Professional Development







Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015

July

Summer Reading for Educators

We share summer reading lists with students to keep them reading over the summer, but what about educators?  There are lists for you, too!  Education Closet's Summer 2015 Reading List has suggestions for professional learning, pleasure reading, family reads, and a look ahead to titles for your classroom next year.  

What are you reading this summer?   Share your titles in the comment section.   
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Summer Professional Development




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Echoes and Reflections:  Holocaust Education

August 27, 2015   8:30-3:30 at WISD

FREE and open to ALL Social Studies teachers in grades 6-12  

SCHECHS available

Lunch not provided

Echoes and Reflections is a comprehensive Holocaust education program that delivers professional development and a rich array of resources for middle and high school teachers. Echoes and Reflections prepares educators to teach about the Holocaust in a way that stimulates engagement and critical thinking while providing opportunities for students to see the relevance of this complex history to their own lives.
See more information HERE 

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Fall 2015 Professional Development

Friday, May 29, 2015

June


It's June!  

How do you Keep Calm and Teach On at this time of year? 
K-12 Teachers from our literacy networks shared many suggestions in our May meetings that keeps kids engaged so you can teach on:

  • Get outside!  This is a good time for students to write using the five senses, nature observations, the health benefits of being outdoors or a myriad of other things that come to us with a change of scenery. 
  • Reflect!  Teachers and students need to reflect upon all the hard work done throughout the year.  Take some time to review all of that and write reflection letters to yourselves or parents.  
  • Storytelling!    If you feel you didn't read aloud as much as you wanted to this year, or your students like oral storytelling, make time for that now. It's engaging for all age groups.
  • Try a new tool!  Exercise skills learned throughout the year with a new tool:

Summer Reading

Keep your students reading this summer with these SUMMER READING LISTS 
and SUMMER READING PROGRAMS.   



Summer Professional Development



  Writing Collaborative

June 16, 17, 18     WISD     8:30-3:00     Open to all grade 4-12 teachers      $125

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


**All trainings are three days in length: 
 Lunch not provided.  SCHECHS available.



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The Study of Early Literacy  

 August 3-7    8:30-3:30  WISD   FREE

 ( Open to PreK-3 Livingston and Washtenaw Educators only) 

The Study of Early Literacy (SOEL) is a committed group of PreK-3 educators learning, researching, and applying best practices in the teaching of early literacy.  While SOEL gears up for our third year, we are pleased that our work has led to a publication in the Michigan Reading Journal.  

Interested in joining us this summer and for the 2015-2016 school year?  Read and complete this form or contact me at mbrooksyip@washtenawisd.org or 734-994-8100 ext. 1266.

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Echoes and Reflections:  Holocaust Education

August 27, 2015   8:30-3:30 at WISD. 

Open to ALL Social Studies teachers in grades 6-12  FREE SCHECHS availableLunch not provided.

Echoes and Reflections is a comprehensive Holocaust education program that delivers professional development and a rich array of resources for middle and high school teachers. Echoes and Reflections prepares educators to teach about the Holocaust in a way that stimulates engagement and critical thinking while providing opportunities for students to see the relevance of this complex history to their own lives. 
See more information HERE 

Friday, May 1, 2015

May

Crafting Digital Writing

     April 23 was a day of Crafting Digital Writing with Dr. Troy Hicks for over 75 teachers of Washtenaw and Livingston County.  Our day is documented on Troy's Wikispace designed especially for that day. Through careful consideration of our Mode, Media, Audience, Purpose and Situation, we explored multiple digital tools to use for our own writing as well as in K-12 classrooms. After a look at many real-life student and teacher examples, we had time to explore and create.  A group favorite was WeVideo, a tool for creating digital stories. 




*Save the date for October 8th, 2015 when Troy returns to work with us on Digital Reading! 


Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities


     May 16, 17, 18- virtual and free! 
   This virtual conference is hosted by the faculty at the University of Michigan School of Education and School of Information. The WISD and LESA is proud to partner in 4T.
The conference is FREE and OPEN to all educators.   The sessions target K-12 practicing and preservice teachers.   Links to the virtual rooms are found on the conference schedule page.  SCHECHS are available.  Register today! 

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  Writing Collaborative

June 16, 17, 18     WISD     8:30-3:00     Open to all grade 4-12 teachers      $125

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

**All trainings are three days in length: 
 Lunch not provided.  SCHECHS available.




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The Study of Early Literacy  

 August 3-7    8:30-3:30  WISD   FREE

 ( Open to PreK-3 Livingston and Washtenaw Educators only) 

The Study of Early Literacy (SOEL) is a committed group of PreK-3 educators learning, researching, and applying best practices in the teaching of early literacy.  While SOEL gears up for our third year, we are pleased that our work has led to a publication in the Michigan Reading Journal.  Interested in joining us this summer and for the 2015-2016 school year?  Read and complete this form or contact me at mbrooksyip@washtenawisd.org or 734-994-8100 ext. 1266.

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Echoes and Reflections:  Holocaust Education

August 27, 2015   8:30-3:30 at WISD. 
Open to any Social Studies teacher in grades 6-12  
FREE 
SCHECHS available
Lunch not provided.
Echoes and Reflections is a comprehensive Holocaust education program that delivers professional development and a rich array of resources for middle and high school teachers. Echoes and Reflections prepares educators to teach about the Holocaust in a way that stimulates engagement and critical thinking while providing opportunities for students to see the relevance of this complex history to their own lives. 

See more information HERE 
REGISTER HERE




Monday, March 30, 2015

April

 Student Choice and Authentic Learning Experiences 

A message coming through loud and clear in all of our teacher network studies here at WISD/LESA is the importance of authentic literacy experiences for students.  From collaborations with Dr. Nell Duke to Dr. Ernest Morrell, our learning this year moves us toward making school activities authentic for students.   Listen to what Nancie Atwell, winner of the first Global Teacher Prize, says about authentic literacy experiences.  





The Study of Early Literacy: A Network Model for Teacher Professional Development

The Study of Early Literacy is a committed group of PreK-3 educators learning, researching, and applying best practices in the teaching of early literacy.  While SOEL gears up for our third year, we are pleased that our work has led to a publication in the Michigan Reading Journal.  If you ever wanted to know more about SOEL and the network model of teacher professional development, this article is for you.   Still have questions?  Contact me! 

 Spring Professional Development Offerings






Thursday, February 26, 2015

March



     The 4T Virtual Conference began as a grassroots effort in 2011 as an opportunity for educators from across the globe to connect, network, and learn from each other about issues in technology education.  About 700 K-16 educators from across the globe sign up each year to attend the conference!  The conference is hosted by the faculty at the University of Michigan School of Educationand School of Information.  We are proud to partner with Oakland County Schools, the Washtenaw Intermedia School District, and Livingston ESA in Michigan.

The conference is FREE and OPEN to all educators.   The sessions target K-12 practicing and preservice teachers.  The conference is held virtually—no plane tickets, no hotel fees!  Links to the virtual rooms are found on the conference schedule page.

LitWorld & World Read Aloud Day March 4

World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people. By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their futures: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their stories.
  Check out LitWorld to learn more about their work, AND to get free kits for World Read Aloud Day for your classroom, building, or office. There is even a FREE picture book to download. Plan to participate? Please share in the comments below.

Spring Literacy Summit on Digital Writing at WISD 


Thursday, January 29, 2015

February

Socially, Culturally and Technologically Relevant Instruction 

On January 21, Dr. Ernest Morrell  led a workshop on Socially, Culturally and Technologically Relevant Instruction with a focus on literacy.  Dr. Morrell's main points centered on:

  • Cultivating Youth Voices for motivation, literacy, identity, achievement, and social awareness.

  • Using multicultural literature to develop powerful reading identities. See reading ladders!

  • Using Popular Culture to engage students and teach critical reading of media.

  • Teach kids to do research and using findings for social action.

See Dr. Morrell's PowerPoint slides here

Did you attend?   How did Dr. Morrell's workshop influence your thinking about instruction?   Comment below! 



LitWorld &

World Read Aloud Day

 March 4

World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people. By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their futures: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their stories.
  Check out LitWorld to learn more about their work, AND to get free kits for World Read Aloud Day for your classroom, building, or office. There is even a FREE picture book to download. Plan to participate? Please share in the comments below.


Upcoming Literacy Professional Development at WISD




  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      REGISTER HERE



SAVE THE DATE!

  April 23, 2015   8:30-3:30 

Mixing Sources, Amplifying Voices:
Crafting Writing in a Digital Age
K-12 Literacy Summit with Dr. Troy Hicks  at WISD

As the inputs continue to multiply, how can we help students find, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources? More importantly, how can we help them craft digital writing in effective ways, utilizing the information that they have found to develop multimedia texts? Bring your favorite device, because in this interactive workshop we will explore a variety of web-based tools and mobile applications to help students mix together a variety of sources and amplify their digital voices.

*More information on registration to come