Friday, January 29, 2016


Literacy Networks of WISD/LESA


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. 


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


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