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Online Professional Development
Recharge your teaching, learn new techniques and strategies, and connect with other literacy professionals—all without leaving your desk.
Designed to offer focused sessions on specific topics, our Web seminars offer discussion, direction, and concrete examples that you can use.
Connecting College and Career Readiness Standards to Authentic Learning Opportunities
DATE | Thursday, September 29, 2016
TIME | 04:30–05:30 pm EDT
Six years after the launch of the Common Core State Standards, what have we learned about what it means to support students in meeting the challenges demanded by these standards? In this one-hour Web seminar, author Tonya Perry and two of her colleagues return to the questions initially posed in her book Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards, Grades 6-8. The presenters will share strategies that can be implemented in classrooms to engage learners authentically and instruct them using instructional methods to meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards. The session will focus on the following topics:
- understanding how to increase rigor and engagement with close reading and academic writing through debatifying the curriculum using evidence-based argumentation as a core common practice.
- understanding the language demands of representing close readings in academic writing within a discipline (in expository and argumentative texts).
- using mentor texts as models to frame self-developed pieces.
- creating opportunities for students to use skills in literacy practices that promote social justice and civic engagement.
- supporting teachers in acquiring the skills and content knowledge to lead this learning.
Reading Closely and the Common Core: Making Teaching Meaningful Again
DATE | Tuesday, December 06, 2016
TIME | 04:30–05:30 pm EDT
Several years of implementing Common Core Standards certainly has taught us a spectrum of lessons. We've learned the value of incorporating more non-fiction texts and have gotten much more deliberate about teaching argument. We look for primary sources first and think about poetry not only as a separate unit, but as the pursuit of poetic language in all kinds of contexts.
Some of the lessons of Common Core haven't left us sensing forward-motion, though. One of the common effects of interpreting the Standards has been to reduce teaching to a lot of tasks, aimed at meeting the standards. Sadly, this often leaves teachers, and students alike, feeling like their learning has been anesthetized. If that's the place you're in, this webinar will help you think about turning that space into one that feels like meaningful teaching again. With a specific focus on examining the difference between close reading and reading closely, we'll look at ways we can take close reading tasks and re-frame them as part of a process in meaningful literacy learning.
These programs offer a sustained approach to professional development, integrating a variety of tools from podcasts to live chats to classroom videos.
Investigations offer brief, self-paced online professional learning about the teaching shifts needed to help students prepare to meet college and career-ready standards for learning.
Facilitated Online Courses will guide you using classroom videos and professional texts to encourage collaboration around critical questions about literacy learning and school improvement.
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