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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.
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.
Toward a Culturally Responsive Inquiry Curriculum in Early Childhood Classrooms
DATE | Wednesday, April 19, 2017
TIME | 07:00–08:00 pm EDT
What happens when young children and their questions become the heart of the curriculum? Join us for this third session of the Culturally Relevant Teaching in Early Childhood Classrooms series where we will explore risks and rewards of inquiry in K-2 classroom settings. In this session, hear from members of the 2015-2017 cohort of the Professional Dyads and Culturally Relevant Teaching initiative who are exploring the power of inquiry curriculum to accomplish their shared goal: to provide their young students with classroom learning that is culturally responsive. Presenters will convey lessons learned about the power of inquiry by sharing an illustration of real classroom learning in action and will demonstrate how they articulate the rationale for inquiry to families and administrators.
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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