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.

Friday, May 25, 2018

June

SOEL Teacher Research Presentations

On May 22, 23, 24, Study of Early Literacy teachers presented their year long action research projects around an aspect of their early literacy instruction aligned to the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy.  

SOEL impacts teacher motivation and engagement in improving literacy instructional practices.

You can see all teacher presentations HERE and view snapshots of many in the video below. All SOEL teachers and their colleagues should be proud of the work SOEL teachers have done and presented this year! If you are interested in joining SOEL, attend SOEL SI August 1, 2, 3!



IDLL Practices in Disciplinary Literacy 

Inquiry into Disciplinary Literacy and Learning teachers and guests spent the day on May 16  digging deeper into disciplinary literacy practices in social studies, science, math and ELA.  IDLL will continue work next year by aligning current lesson plans and building new units specific to disciplinary literacy.  If you are interested in joining IDLL, come to our summer institute!  



Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May

SOEL 3 - Writing Instruction in Early Literacy

SOEL teachers observing Mini-Lesson and Conferring
The Study of Early Literacy, cohort 3, has a focus on writing instruction, Essential #6 of the K-3 Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy. Our April meeting was spent on Learning Walks in SOEL classrooms, specifically looking at Writer's Workshop.  Thanks to SOEL member Jennifer Miller for hosting our day! 


Literacy Learning Opportunities for All! 
 *See linked flyers for all information/registration


Thursday, April 5, 2018

April

Dr. Ernest Morrell on Building Powerful Family-School Literacy Connections

On March 13, we welcomed Dr. Ernest Morrell back for a third session this year on Every Child a Super Reader.  This time, Dr. Morrell led participants through a thoughtful planning session on building and sustaining school-family literacy.
                     



Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Saturday, March 3, 2018

March

SOEL 2 with Dr. Gina Cervetti on Science Integration in Literacy


On February 28th, the Study of Early Literacy 2, welcomed Dr. Gina Cervetti from the UM SOE.  Dr. Cervetti believes we (educators) should support the development of KNOWLEDGE (not just isolated skills) through extended investigations and experiences, units of study, and conceptually focused reading. By combining what we know about literacy instruction with the NGSS, knowledge building will be the focus, as it should be.  SOEL looks forward to working with Dr. Cervetti next year in writing science/literacy integrated units, in line with both NGSS and The Essentials of Instruction in Early Literacy. 

Join SOEL

  • March 13, SOEL 1 welcomes Dr. Ernest Morrell on Every Child a Super Reader at EMU. 
  • August 1, 2, 3 SOEL Summer Institute  (Save the Dates, more info. to come) 


IDLL at Millcreek MS- Disciplinary Literacy and Inquiry Based Learning

On February 21, the Inquiry Into Disciplinary Literacy and Learning was hosted by member Melanie Dever at Millcreek Middle School. Melanie and Ethan from Huron HS, led us through a process of thinking about what it takes for teachers to teach disciplinary literacy (as opposed to reading and writing in the content area), that disciplinary inquiry is about constructing and communicating knowledge, and this instruction is defined as supporting students' specific literate practices in the discipline for the purpose of disciplinary inquiry. 

Join IDLL!
  • May 17th at UM on the future of Disciplinary Literacy-contact Melissa Brooks-Yip if interested.  

March (and EVERY month) is Reading Month 

Are you looking for some new titles for YOU and the diverse readers in your classroom?  










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Friday, February 2, 2018

February

 What are Teachers Reading? 


Teachers in The Study of Early Literacy (SOEL) 3 are reading Write Now! Empowering Writers in Today's K-6 Classroom by Kathryn Ganske.  With a focus on writing instruction, Write Now! details:
  • What writing instruction should look like in the age of high standards
  • The power of mentor texts to teach narrative and informational writing skills
  • Strategies for teaching argumentative and persuasive writing
  • Vision, choice and identity in motivating writers
  • Multi-genre projects to integrate social studies and science

Upcoming Literacy and Technology Professional Learning

IDLL hosts Dr. Liz Kolb on Learning First, Technology Second

March 22 at Huron High School, Ann Arbor
Hosted by the Inquiry into Disciplinary Literacy and Learning teacher network-  all are welcome! 

REGISTER HERE
*THIS IS RESCHEDULED FROM DECEMBER 14th. 

Learning with technology doesn't happen because a specific tool “revolutionizes” education. It happens when proven teaching strategies intersect with technology tools, and yet it's not uncommon for teachers to use a tool because it's “fun” or because the developer promises it will help students learn.
Learning First, Technology Second offers teachers the professional learning they need to move from arbitrary uses of technology in their classrooms to thoughtful ways of adding value to student learning.
*About the Author:  Liz Kolb is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan. She is the author of several books, and the creator of the Triple E Framework for effective teaching with digital technologies.

Dr. Ernest Morrell on Every Child a Super Reader

SOEL and Responsive Mathematics once again host Dr. Ernest Morrell on March 13th at EMU.
Register HERE
Dr. Morrell will continue working with participants around the 7 Strengths Framework, on how to foster:
  • belonging
  • curiosity
  • friendship
  • kindness
  • confidence
  • courage
  • hope



 SUMMER PROFESSIONAL LEARNING






SAVE THE DATES
  • August 1, 2, 3:  SOEL Summer Institute at WISD- for educators focused on PreK- 3 (with a focus on early literacy instruction and the PreK-3 Essential Instructional Practices) along with Teacher Action Research.
                 Pre-register HERE


  • August 21: EdCamp as WISD- for all educators

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January


Are you ready for World Read Aloud Day


Lit World believes everyone in the world should get to read and write. On World Read Aloud Day (WRAD), people around the world read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right. 
Download your resource packet here that includes how to host a WRAD event, decorations, spreading the word, a read aloud guide and tips on connecting with authors. 
Please share your WRAD celebrations on social media!




Upcoming Professional Learning


REGISTER HERE
Questions?   Contact Dr. Cathy Fleischer

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*Note, the Learning First, Technology Second workshop with Dr. Liz Kolb that was cancelled on December 14th is RESCHEDULED for March 22 at Huron High School.   If you can no longer make it, please contact Cheryl Taylor at ctaylor@washtenawisd.org 

If you'd like to attend on this new date, you can register HERE

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Friday, December 1, 2017

December

What Are We Reading? 


SOEL 2: Reading Instruction in Early Literacy


No More Reading Instruction without Differentiation by Lynn Bigleman and Debra S. Peterson.

In SOEL 2, where our focus is PreK-3 Reading Instruction, this text guides us in learning targets and performance tasks, student self assessment, project based learning goals and individual learning goals.  Teachers are taking their learning from this text and applying it to their teacher action research question around small group reading instruction in their classrooms.

IDLL: Inquiry into Disciplinary Literacy and Learning
Learning First, Technology Second: The Educators Guide to Designing Authentic Lessons by Liz Kolb

This text guides us in every discipline around the Triple E Framework for time-on-task learning, using technology for authentic learning experiences, appropriate tech integration and lesson planning.   Author Liz Kolb will join us in the next IDLL meeting on December 14th-  everyone is welcome.

Upcoming Professional Learning


Check out the many virtual courses offered now!  










Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November

Professional Texts in Literacy Networks


SOEL is reading Every Child a Super Reader


from Scholastic.com
Part of our professional learning networks involves reading at least one practitioner book per year.  This year SOEL 1, focused on Equity, Engagement and Motivation, is reading Every Child a Super Reader by Pam Allyn and Ernest Morrell.    
Every Child a Super Reader is geared toward K-8 teachers and is organized around a strength based framework, detailing the seven strengths inherent in super readers: belonging, curiosity, friendship, kindness, confidence, courage, and hope.  Listen to the authors speak on the importance of a strength based (vs. a deficit model) instructional framework.



SOEL and Responsive Mathematics is hosting Dr. Ernest Morrell again on January 18th at EMU. Everyone is welcome. See our flyer for details. 


IDLL is reading Argument in the Real World: Teaching Adolescents to Read and Write Digital Texts

From Heineman.com
Every day, our students are inundated by information—as well as opinions and misinformation—on their devices. These digital texts influence what they buy, who they vote for, and what they believe about themselves and their world. Crafting and analyzing arguments in a digital world could be our greatest possibility to improve dialogue across cultures and continents… or it could contribute to bitter divides.

IDLL hosted Dr. Hicks on October 26th to learn teaching strategies and tools for crafting arguments in our digital world, such as StoryMap.  Follow our learning here.


Upcoming Professional Learning




Thursday, September 28, 2017

October

Literacy Networks Start Strong! 


Saline High School Hosts IDLL

The Inquiry into Disciplinary Literacy and Learning network kicked-off the year by meeting at Saline High School. Through a tour of the school, including the culinary arts and automotive technology programs of the South and West Washtenaw Consortium, our group saw examples of disciplinary literacy in action. Shelly Venema, IDLL member and Saline HS teacher, also presented on the district wide literacy goal of speaking and listening.   
                               

Join us when IDLL meets next on October 26th at WISD to host Dr. Troy Hicks on Argument in the Real World: Teaching Adolescents to Read and Write Digital Texts


SOEL 1: Equity, Engagement and Motivation 

  Musical artist, educator and professional vocalist Imani Gonzalez visited the Study of Early Literacy network on October 3rd to present Building Reading Comprehension Through Sound and Rhythm.  Ms. Gonzalez taught SOEL teachers the Soundscape process- using sound and rhythm to explore ways to develop reading comprehension strategies and make connections between music and language. This learning process will help students attend to sensory images, use questioning strategies, respond to inference, and determine importance, helping students develop a better understanding of the text. Through Soundscapes, children will develop listening skills through collaboration, build interpretation and oral presentation skills through communication, and improve reading fluency through creativity.



Upcoming Literacy Professional Learning