SOEL Summer Institute 2018

The Study of Early Literacy- Professional Learning Network

August 1, 2, 3, 2018 at WISD

PreK-3 Educators- Join SOEL in Our SIXTH Year!

Because teachers are continual learners, dedicated to perfecting their craft, they participate in robust professional learning experiences, such as SOEL, as part of their career.

Rooted in the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, SOEL began in an effort to prepare teachers to not only teach students to learn to read, but to read to learn from the start of their literacy journey (Reutzel, 2014).

We know good teachers, effective teachers, matter much more than particular curriculum materials, pedagogical approaches, or “proven programs." We also know:

  • Investing in the development of effective teaching through professional learning, is the most “research-based” strategy available (Allington, 2010).

  • Research on raising student achievement consistently points to an effective teacher as the most crucial element in a student’s success (Routman, 2012).

  • For any professional development experience to be worth the very little time and money available in education today, teachers must be in the center of their own learning.

Through learning together with literacy experts, professional texts, and teacher action research, SOEL teachers are powerful teachers of literacy!

"Probably the most compelling data is the difference in the percentage of kids who made their reading growth goals in NWEA comparing SOEL-trained teachers to others. Non-SOEL teachers averaged 58.1% of their kids who met their reading growth goals. SOEL teachers averaged 69.7% of their kids, 11.5% more. That's a big deal!"- District Curriculum Director

SOEL Summer Institute

Wednesday, Aug. 1st, 8am to Friday, Aug. 3rd, 3:30pm

1819 South Wagner Road

Ann Arbor, MI

There is an optional day on July 31 before SOEL SI to gain an overview of the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy.

There is no cost for SOEL SI

Please plan to attend 8:00-3:30 each day

Lunch is on your own for 1 hour

SCHECHs available

August 1- SOEL history and structure as a professional learning network

August 2- Equity, Engagement and Motivation, Reading Instruction in Early Literacy with Guest Dr. Shayla Griffin

August 3- Writing Instruction, Arts Integration, Teacher Action Research, with Teaching Artist Kimberli Boyd