Essential Practices

for Disciplinary Literacy in the Secondary Classroom

Disciplinary Literacy Task Force 2021 Professional Learning Offerings

The 6-12 Disciplinary Literacy Task Force is proud to announce learning opportunities for secondary English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Career Tech, Visual/Performing Arts, and World Languages teachers, as well as building leaders, instructional coaches, and educators at higher education institutions. These opportunities have been designed with flexibility and relevancy in mind. We can't wait to learn with you!


Disciplinary Literacy for Secondary Leaders

If we have learned anything about learning this school year, it is that getting (and keeping) kids engaged is our biggest hurdle. As a secondary administrator, how can you support your teachers in moving toward more inherently motivating, academically rigorous learning experiences? The Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA), General Education Leadership Network (GELN) and Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) are proud to announce a learning series built for secondary administrators looking to increase student motivation and engagement, as well as literacy skills, across all content areas. This brand new institute has been designed with today's unique realities in mind--changed schedules, blended learning, potential interruptions to learning, and increased use of technology. With three options to choose from, every secondary administrator can select an option that best fits their busy schedule. We can't wait to learn with you!

Click HERE to find out more and register.


Digging In...To Disciplinary Literacy with ReLeah Lent

Through a collaboration with Ottawa Area ISD, we are excited to invite you to join us for a professional learning series led by ReLeah Lent! Click HERE for more details and to register.

The series begins in February 2021, so don't wait to register!


Disciplinary Literacy Introductory Institute

Looking to start the journey toward implementing disciplinary literacy?

Save the Date: The Disciplinary Literacy Task Force is excited to offer another Introductory Institute on August 5, 2021 from 8:30 to 12:00pm via Zoom. Registration link and additional information coming soon!

Note: Participants who will be participating in the Disciplinary Literacy Deeper Dive Institute are strongly encouraged to attend the Introductory Institute prior to attending the Deeper Dive series.


Disciplinary Literacy Deeper Dive Institute

During this professional learning series, participants will engage in synchronous and asynchronous learning, using a virtual platform. It is expected that participants will have attended the Introductory Institute prior to joining this Institute.

Mark Your Calendars!

Dates for synchronous virtual learning :

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Friday, August 13, 2021

All synchronous learning will occur via Zoom from 9:00-11:00am

Participants are expected to attend all synchronous learning sessions and engage in approximately two hours of asynchronous learning in between each session.

Registration information and link coming soon!


Spotlight on Darin Stockdill!

Dr. Darin Stockdill is the instructional and program design coordinator at the Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research at the University of Michigan School of Education. He is also one of the key researchers behind the Essential Practices for Disciplinary Literacy Instruction in the Secondary Classroom: Grades 6 to 12 and an active member of both the Disciplinary Literacy Task Force and the Task Force's Leadership Team. Recently, Dr. Stockdill was interviewed about his work with the Detroit River curriculum for middle schoolers. This curriculum will allow "teachers on both sides of the border [to] use the standards-aligned materials to engage their students with the transnational histories of the Underground Railroad and the key geographic role of the Detroit River." Read the full interview!


Updates and Resources

Task Force Happenings

The Disciplinary Literacy Task Force meets monthly, and our most pressing goal is to continue to scale this work statewide. We also prioritize equity in the delivery of our services as well as building and leveraging partnerships across the state in an effort to promote this important work.

Currently, Task Force members have been engaged in the revision and creation of our supporting documents: the Essential Practices for Disciplinary Literacy Instruction in the Secondary Classroom: Grades 6 to 12 and the Essential School-Wide and Center-Wide Practices for Disciplinary Literacy (currently in draft form).

Our ongoing work includes planning for, creating and implementing professional learning for secondary educators and using our newsletter, blog, Twitter handle, and other publications to broaden awareness about this initiative and its benefits to our secondary students.

We look forward to increased opportunities to work with you!


Resources for Support

Looking for resources to support your work? Try these!

Disciplinary Literacy Essentials Support Request Form

If you are interested in support around the Essential Practices in Disciplinary Literacy Instruction in the Secondary Classroom, fill out this form. Our team will connect with you soon!

For additional information about these events, please contact Jenelle Williams.