West Jersey Reading Council
December 2023 Newsletter
Upcoming Professional Development Virtual Sessions December 2023-April 2024
Just a few days left to register before this great Webinar!
Join WJRC on December 5 for a great session.
December 5, 2023 5:00-6:00 PM ET
In this workshop, ILA Immediate Past President Dr. Ken Kunz will draw on ILA's research to practice resources to demonstrate how comprehensive literacy instruction involves drawing upon multiple sciences and ultimately helps teachers achieve equitable literacy outcomes for all. Attendees will explore how the resources can be used in their own school communities. Practical strategies tied to high-quality and diverse text selections will be modeled and shared.
January 4, 2024 5:00-6:00 pm ET
Are you trying to increase the level of thinking in the classroom? Do you want to engage students in authentic dialogue about critical issues in texts? Then this workshop is for you! This presentation will cover the six levels of thinking in comprehension. The presenters will facilitate a discussion on how to assess higher level thinking, the importance of higher level thinking, and instruction in higher level thinking. This workshop is for primary teachers throughout the high school level.
February 7, 2024 6:00-7:00 pm ET
Join Molly Ness for a great presentation!
In recent conversations about the science of reading, there has been significant focus on the role of background knowledge. But equally important are students’ funds of knowledge. This presentation focuses on the definition of funds of knowledge and how they impact comprehension.
March 6, 2024 5:00-6:00 pm ET
Feedback is an essential practice that answers the question, “How do I reach all students?” We distinguish between giving feedback about readers and reading, both of which are necessary for student growth.
How a student develops and changes as a reader under the expert guidance of a teacher isn’t quantifiable by standardized testing measures. To broaden the perspective on reading growth, we must think beyond skills and strategies alone. We offer an inclusive definition of reading identity and reading growth. We highlight the importance of teacher efficacy and student agency. Finally, we offer tools for teachers to provide skillful feedback to readers in their classrooms tomorrow.
April 18, 2024 5:00-6:00 pm ET
In this session, we'll discover the many ways to use poetry in our classrooms. A poetry bibliography will also be included.
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