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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.
Exploring Intersections between Digital and Disciplinary Literacy: Leveraging Synergies for Deeper Learning
DATE | Thursday, September 01, 2016
TIME | 04:30–05:30 pm EDT
Disciplinary inquiry involves asking questions, constructing meaning from data, generating creative solutions, and reflecting on how to improve these solutions for different contexts. Participants will explore three intersecting principles of digital and disciplinary literacies:
- accessing and evaluating information,
- using and representing information, and
- producing and exchanging information.
Classroom strategies and student examples of these principles will be shared so that participants can create opportunities for their students to ask questions, solve problems, and engage in social and intellectual practices that impact their learning, their communities, and the world.
Connecting College and Career Readiness Standards to Authentic Learning Opportunities
DATE | Thursday, September 29, 2016
TIME | 04:30–05:30 pm EDT
Six years after the launch of the Common Core State Standards, what have we learned about what it means to support students in meeting the challenges demanded by these standards? In this one-hour Web seminar, author Tonya Perry and two of her colleagues return to the questions initially posed in her book Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards, Grades 6-8. The presenters will share strategies that can be implemented in classrooms to engage learners authentically and instruct them using instructional methods to meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards. The session will focus on the following topics:
- understanding how to increase rigor and engagement with close reading and academic writing through debatifying the curriculum using evidence-based argumentation as a core common practice.
- understanding the language demands of representing close readings in academic writing within a discipline (in expository and argumentative texts).
- using mentor texts as models to frame self-developed pieces.
- creating opportunities for students to use skills in literacy practices that promote social justice and civic engagement.
- supporting teachers in acquiring the skills and content knowledge to lead this learning.
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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