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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.
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.
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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