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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.
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.
Making Room for the Personal: A New Vision for Reading Assessment
DATE | Thursday, March 30, 2017
TIME | 04:30–05:30 pm EDT
The NCTE Policy Research Brief Reading Instruction for All Students (pdf) tells us that motivation and engagement serve as the foundation for student growth in reading. Personal connections with books and authors help students to fall in love with reading and become agents of their own reading lives. Yet it’s this personal dimension of reading that our classroom assessments are least likely to consider. The fact is, traditional forms of assessment capture only a fraction of who students are and what they can do as readers.
If we want students to develop the skill to read closely and critically—along with the desire to read for their own purposes—then we must commit ourselves to valuing both the analytical and the personal in reading assessment.
In this interactive Web seminar, Jennifer Buehler (author of Teaching Reading with YA Literature) will introduce participants to a new framework for assessment—one that is simultaneously personal, social, analytical, and flexible. Participants will explore teaching and learning possibilities across a set of specific assessment activities that capitalize on students’ desire for voice, choice, and connection in the English classroom.
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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