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Designed to offer focused sessions on specific topics, our Web seminars offer discussion, direction, and concrete examples that you can use.
What's So Critical about Critical Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom?
DATE | Wednesday, January 18, 2017
TIME | 07:00–08:00 pm EDT
What is critical literacy anyway? Join us for this second session of the Culturally Relevant Teaching in Early Childhood Classrooms series where we will explore what critical literacy looks like in a K-2 classroom setting. In this session, members of the 2015-2017 cohort of the Professional Dyads of Culturally Relevant Teaching will share what they are learning from their own research and inquiry as they support children in the culturally meaningful and engaging practice of uncovering and critically discussing underlying messages within texts.
Critical Literacy at the Intersections of Sport and Society
DATE | Thursday, February 23, 2017
TIME | 04:30–05:30 pm EDT
Love them or loathe them, the prominence of sports in schools and society is undeniable. Accounting for sports culture in the secondary English language arts classroom offers teachers a wealth of possibilities for advancing literacy teaching and learning. This interactive Web seminar, from the coeditors of Developing Contemporary Literacies through Sports: A Guide for the English Classroom (available October 2016), will explore the ways teachers can foster critical literacy practices—including methods and perspectives used to examine issues of power, privilege, and marginalization in texts and the world around us—by engaging students in the meaningful study of sports culture. Incorporating a variety of print and nonprint texts, we will consider multiple dimensions of critical literacy, examine pertinent issues made prevalent through sports, and provide teachers with lesson ideas and approaches to support students as they investigate the pros and cons of the United States' cultural emphasis on sports.
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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