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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 with Intention
DATE | Tuesday, May 23, 2017
TIME | 05:00–06:00 pm EDT
For our students to be change-makers, we want them to be intentional about all they do as they seek to understand and create. We believe that digital tools have opened up what is possible for our students and their ability to share their voices and make a difference in the world. Our hope is that we not only teach our students the power of the tools, but the power of being intentional in using them to make connections with others and with ideas. Join Franki Sibberson and Bill Bass, authors of Digital Reading: What's Essential in Grades 3-8, to explore how these connections can change the way that students interact with their ideas and each other.
Confidence in Community Literacies: Bilingual Writers Reading the World
DATE | Thursday, June 15, 2017
TIME | 04:30–05:30 pm EDT
Communities across the nation long for partnerships with schools that empower students, families, and neighborhoods with effective educational practices and relationships. K-12 English language arts teachers can expand their knowledge of the literacy practices of English language learning students when they engage with their students’ communities in meaningful ways. In this Web seminar, join Steven Alvarez, author of Community Literacies en Confianza: Learning from Bilingual After School Programs (coming spring 2017), in considering how the strengths of after-school community programs—connecting with language-minoritized communities in ways that build relationships of trust, or confianza, between parents, extended families, and caring adults in neighborhoods—can inform our practices as teachers of English language learners.
- Learn from the stories of a community-publishing venture for emergent bilingual high school students in Kentucky that built bridges of creativity between schools and the lived experiences of students and their families.
- Brainstorm ideas for potential community writing projects that engage parents and local communities in conversations about educational goals, motivations, and the ways reading and writing are used expressively in the community and via social media.
- Leave this session with concrete writing activities that draw upon funds of knowledge provided by immigrant families as they navigate English acquisition.
These programs offer a sustained approach to professional development, integrating a variety of tools from podcasts to live chats to classroom videos.
While NCTE is not a credit-granting agency, we do offer options to assist participants in our online professional development programming with earning credit toward their continuing education requirements.
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.