Thursday, January 29, 2015


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


  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