Friday, June 22, 2018

July & August

Summer Reading Lists for Educators

Whether it's for our own reading pleasure,  professional learning, or a mix of both, we should all make time to read this summer!   


Check out these lists for some ideas:
Kids Books (by teachers)


Upcoming Professional Learning


July 31-  Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy- An Overview

Register HERE

Anyone is welcome, but this day will also provide an overview of the Essentials in preparation for SOEL SI August 1, 2, 3**
The purpose of the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy document is to increase Michigan's capacity to improve children's literacy by identifying a small set of research supported literacy instructional practices that could be a focus of professional development throughout the state. The focus of the document is on classroom practices, rather than on school- or systems-level practices.

August 1, 2, 3, SOEL Summer Institute


K-3 Educators- Join SOEL in Our SIXTH Year!
Register HERE  (THREE spots open!)

Because teachers are continual learners, dedicated to perfecting their craft, they participate in robust professional learning experiences, such as SOEL, as part of their career.

Rooted in the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, SOEL began in an effort to prepare teachers to not only teach students to learn to read, but to read to learn from the start of their literacy journey (Reutzel, 2014).

We know good teachers, effective teachers, matter much more than particular curriculum materials, pedagogical approaches, or programs.

Through learning together with literacy experts, professional texts, and teacher action research, SOEL teachers are powerful teachers of literacy!
'Probably the most compelling data is the difference in the percentage of kids who made their reading growth goals in NWEA comparing SOEL-trained teachers to others. Non-SOEL teachers averaged 58.1% of their kids who met their reading growth goals. SOEL teachers averaged 69.7% of their kids, 11.5% more. That's a big deal!'- District Curriculum Director

Engaging Students through Arts Integration and Student Participatory Action Research for Social Justice

August 9th   9:00-12:00 
      &          1:00-4:00  
* Register for one or both  
              
Arts Integration with Kimberly Boyd-  August 9th 9:00-12:00

A UMS/SOEL Collabortion:
Movement engages students in active learning! Movement and creative dance provide an opportunity to reach kinesthetic learners in a way that allows them to process and retain information efficiently. Join dance teaching artist Kimberli Boyd to explore warm-ups, creative movement learning activities, and simple structures for composing dances that involve students in active learning.
Rationale
Whether your students are learning a new language, building a bolder vocabulary or discovering more dynamic descriptive word choices, movement provides an active approach to understanding nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, simile, and metaphor. This interactive and participatory workshop will share strategies that integrate best practices in teaching with elements and principles of dance. The result is a simple yet highly effective approach to enhancing student engagement, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and much more.
Objectives for the Workshop-  To know:
  • the basic elements of dance;
  • how to identify the movement potential in a poem topic
Be able to:
  • apply specific strategies for using simile and metaphor to write a free verse poem
  • apply structures that use improvisation to create dances inspired by prom theme introduced in the workshop.
Appreciate:
  • the value of integrating movement and creative dance with poetry as a means of supporting student engagement, critical thinking, collaboration and creative expression.



 The Responsive Mathematics Institute continues this year, beginning with Dr. Vaughan Watson from Michigan State University. This professional development is an opportunity for teachers to learn how to use Youth Participatory Action Research as a means for incorporating social justice into the classroom. 

*Teachers are also invited to participate in the morning session from 9:00am - 12:00pm with Kimberli Boyd. The morning session will focus on Engaging Students through Arts Integration. Movement engages students in active learning! Movement and creative dance provide an opportunity to reach kinesthetic learners in a way that allows them to process and retain information efficiently. Join dance teaching artist Kimberli Boyd to explore warm-ups, creative movement learning activities, and simple structures for composing dances that involve students in active learning.