Friday, January 29, 2016

February

Literacy Networks of WISD/LESA

SOEL 


The Study of Early Literacy (SOEL) network for PreK-3 educators is in the third year of practice. We now host meetings on sight at SOEL teacher's schools which allows us to see SOEL practices in action. The Big Learnings of SOEL are proving successful for student growth in early elementary classrooms and are aligned to top literacy researchers, Dr. Nell Duke and Dr. Tanya Wright.   

**SAVE the DATE for the SOEL Summer Institute August 1-5 in Pinckney to join the SOEL network.  More information to come soon. 

IDLL 

The Inquiry into Disciplinary Literacy and Learning (IDLL) Network is in the first year of practice. IDLL, for secondary teachers, builds on the Reading Apprenticeship and Writing Collaborative foundations by diving into more recent research around disciplinary literacy.  Our Disciplinary Literacy Showcase at EMU last month provided the opportunity to talk with mathematicians, scientists, and writers about their authentic writing practices. Teachers shared lessons from their classroom, and listened to a college student panel explain experiences with writing in the disciplines as young adults.   *SAVE the DATE for the Disciplinary Literacy Institute June 28, 29, 30 at EMU.  

Upcoming Professional Development

Reading Apprenticeship Training: 5 Day Cross Content 

This training is a full five days: February 22, 23, 24 AND March 22, 23 at WISD  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.
$250     SCHECHS Available.

Assessing Student Metacognition

March 7, 9:00-3:00 at WISD
     This professional development course is for teachers who would like to teach their students to demonstrate metacognitive thought processes through text annotation. This one day class is divided into three parts: first, we consider what metacognition is by looking at the brain science behind the concepts of short term memory and executive function; then we share classroom practices for direct teaching of specific metacognitive reading and writing strategies through text annotation; and finally, we practice how to assess students’ annotations with tools like the Curriculum Embedded Reading Assessment.  $40.00 (Free with 5 Day RA registration).


Writing Collaborative:  SAT Essay Edition

March 11, 2016    9:00-3:00  at WISD


This workshop aims to being an understanding of the SAT Essay in order to support students in:
- Differences in ACT and SAT writing
- Examining authors claim
- Analysis of writing
- Looking at the structure of argument in writing
- Resources for support
- How the SAT Essay is scored.
$25  Register HERE

*PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS SPECIFICALLY FOR THE SAT ESSAY.  OTHER PORTIONS OF THE SAT WILL NOT BE COVERED.


Monday, January 4, 2016

January

Vocabulary is Where It's At!

One of the key indicators of students' success in school, on tests, and certainly in life, is their vocabulary.  There are many ways to approach the teaching of vocabulary. Check out this ReadWriteThink collection for ideas at every level, including concept sorts and Word Walls. 


     Professional Development in 2016! 

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  


Assessing Student Metacognition

     This professional development course is for teachers who would like to teach their students to demonstrate metacognitive thought processes through text annotation. This one day class is divided into three parts: first, we consider what metacognition is by looking at the brain science behind the concepts of short term memory and executive function; then we share classroom practices for direct teaching of specific metacognitive reading and writing strategies through text annotation; and finally, we practice how to assess students’ annotations with tools like the Curriculum Embedded Reading Assessment.  $40.00

The 4T Virtual Conference: May 21-23, 2016

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