CRLP Newsletter Summer 2020
UC Berkeley California Reading & Literature Project
Greetings Bay Area Educators,
We sincerely hope you've been taking care of yourselves and your family these past few weeks while working remotely and learning to navigate new ways of life. Here at CRLP and UC Berkeley, we've been working hard these past few weeks on converting our learning sessions into a digital format. We’re embracing the challenge that this shift brings while also remaining hopeful that we will be able to work together, face-to-face, again soon. There have certainly been some bright spots. We launched our first free webinar on Sentence Deconstruction and Distance Learning. We had fun, received great feedback from the 100+ educators who participated, and learned a ton in the process. And because of this success, we have decided to offer it again (more information below).
We’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a teacher leader in these times. It feels both scary and overwhelming, but also like it is full of opportunity and importance. As a profession, we've been forced to adapt to huge shifts in instruction and learning in such a short space of time, and the stories of collaboration and innovation among teams of teachers, administrators, and support staff have been inspiring!
The global health crisis has also allowed us to work more collaboratively with the larger UC Berkeley community. Amid the chaos of the first week of school closures, we were able to co-host a webinar with a professor of infectious diseases to discuss the latest information about COVID 19, with a particular emphasis on teachers' classroom context. We were also able to quickly respond to the changing work conditions in education and coordinate a three-week long series of free remote learning opportunities with our colleagues at the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, Bay Area Writing Project, and Lawrence Hall of Science, among many others (again, more information below).
We remain hopeful that our two summer offerings; Results: Foundational Skills and Learning How English Works, will be able to take place in person. Thank you as always for your continued support and your patience as we navigate this new normal and what it means for professional learning.
Take care of your mind, body and spirit.
Kara Whiston & George Ellis
California Reading & Literature Project
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education
FREE WEBINAR: Sentence Deconstruction and Distance Learning
In this virtual working session, teachers will learn an instructional routine for unpacking the language of complex text, with a focus on the linguistic demands at the sentence and word level. Participants will also dive deeper into Part II of the CA ELD Standards to gain a better sense of the nuts and bolts of the English language that our emerging bilingual students need in order to expand & enrich ideas, condense & connect ideas, and structure their ideas into cohesive texts.
Dyslexia Guidelines Study Session Webinar
Friday, April 24, 2020
8:30am - 12:00pm
Results: Foundational Skills Summer Institute
June 15-16, 2020
8:00am - 3:30pm
Learning How English Works Summer Institute
June 24-25, 2020
8:00am - 3:30pm
Aspire Bay Area Public Schools
This fall we began a new partnership with Aspire Public Schools in Oakland. We customized our Results: Foundational Skills signature program to train all district-level administrators, site-level administrators and literacy specialists in the Science of Reading, based on the CRLP Results theory, assessments, and instructional routines. We look forward to expanding our collaboration next year to provide professional learning support around foundational reading skills instruction to all early elementary and special education teachers.