IES WINTER Literacy Workshops 2014

ELA, Science, Social Studies, & Technical Subjects

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Digging Deeper into the Shifts and CCLS

The winter sessions aim to go deeper into constructing meaning about the shifts in literacy teaching practice. The workshops offer a range of learning opportunities - advancing one's technique in having students read complex texts, researching to deepen understanding, supporting explicit teaching of academic vocabulary, and developing students abilities to have textual conversations.

January 15, 2014

All of the Common Core Learning Standards can be modified through an artistic lens through less of an emphasis on increasing the amount of content and more on what strategies can be employed with content from any source and transferred into contexts that might not be arts specific or dependent. But Common Core thinking is art thinking!

Participants will:

· Review the basic Common Core principles, concepts and key terms

· Understand the creation and implementation of the “Common Core Arts Equation” – demonstrating how easy it is to adapt the Common Core to an arts application

January 16, 2014

This workshop is an intermediate level session on reading closely. We will go more deeply into the rigor of reading closely and consider ways to implement into secondary classrooms for ELA, Social Studies, and Science. Being familiar with Odell Education Core Proficiencies will be beneficial; yet not necessary for this session. We will also discuss ways to address readers at their current reading level while also building their stamina to read more complex texts independently.

NOTE: Please bring a paired literary and informational text to the session. Consider a topic and text set for the 3rd quarter.

January 21, 2014

This workshop is designed for teachers who are interested in reviewing the demands and instructional shifts of the CCSS. We will examine curricular changes, scaffolding to rigor, the role of homework, and the importance of independent reading.

Review current practice as it pertains to the pedagogical shifts, rigor, homework, and independent reading.


Examine current practice through the lens of the pedagogical shifts, rigor, homework, and independent reading.

Amend current practice to meet the demands of the CCSS:

· Macro changes

· Micro changes for immediate implementation


(Repeat session March 7, 2014)

January 21, 2014

Participants will be introduced to the NYSED released curricular model by Odell Education designed to introduce a CCSS-aligned research unit and inquiry process, and teach participants how to initiate inquiry. While the focus is on Writing Standards 7-9 in the Common Core Learning Standards for ELA and Literacy, the focus of the work will support collaboration between different content areas, such as ELA, Social Studies, Science and Technical subjects.

NOTE: It is encouraged that an interdisciplinary team participates if possible. Participants should also bring a research project/paper they have or currently use.

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January 23, 2014

This workshop will define the rigors of academic vocabulary and model instructional strategies. In addition, the work by the authors of Bringing Words to Life will be used for academic word selection and lesson planning explicit to learning academic words. Instructional alignment to the Common Core Standards for Literacy will be balance with complex texts. The audience is intended for Secondary ELA, Social Studies, Science, and Special Education teachers. Time will be provided for participants to develop a unit of study or lesson plans.

NOTE: It is recommended to bring your own lap top and two-three worthy texts.

January 30, 2014

This workshop is an intermediate level session on reading closely. We will go more deeply into the rigor of reading closely and consider ways to implement in Special Area courses. We will discuss “text” complexity and developing “text”-based questions at higher levels of thinking.

NOTE: Please bring a close reading lesson you have already developed and you would like to refine or consider an additional close reading lessons on a new topic as your work for the day.

February 7, 2014

This workshop will define the rigors of academic vocabulary and practice digital vocabulary strategies. In addition, the work by the authors of Bringing Words to Life will be used for academic word selection and lesson planning explicit to learning academic words. Instructional alignment to the Common Core Standards for Literacy will be blended with Technology. The audience is intended for Secondary ELA, Social Studies, Science, and Special Education teachers. Time will be provided for participants to practice using digital tools and consider a lesson creation.

NOTE: A Model Schools workshop

It is recommended to bring your own lap top and two-three worthy texts. (Consider bringing your own lap top)

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February 11, 2014

USB, right click, cut and paste, create a folder, hyperlink, creating favorites, insert a table, save as……..If these terms cause your anxiety level to rise, this workshop is for you!!! This will be a very basic introduction to the common technology tools that can make an educators life much easier and more efficient. We will start the session with an anonymous poll of which tools the participants know how to use and do not know how to use and we will go from there. We will structure the day based on the needs of the group.

A limited number of (PC/Dell) laptops will be available for participant use. Please feel free to bring your own laptop to use.

February 27, 2014

This workshop will demonstrate instructional alignment to the Common Core Standards for Literacy and focus on the Speaking/Listening strand. It will use a variety of strategies and texts to engage learners in protocols that promote textual conversations among their students. The audience is intended for Secondary ELA, Social Studies, Science, and Special Education teachers. Time will be provided for participants to develop a lesson and/text set for one’s specific content area. Background knowledge in the Core Proficiencies will be beneficial, such as Reading Closely and Evidence Based Claims but not necessary to attend this session.

NOTE: It is recommended to bring a variety of texts for an afternoon work session for yourself or with your team of colleagues. (Consider the major learning pieces/topics for the 3rd Quarter)

March 6, 2014

This workshop will demonstrate instructional alignment to the Common Core Standards for Literacy blended with Technology. It will use a variety of digital tools, strategies and texts to engage learners in textual conversation. The audience is intended for Secondary ELA, Social Studies, Science, and Special Education teachers. Time will be provided for participants to practice using digital tools and consider a lesson creation.

NOTE: It is recommended to bring your own lap top and two-three worthy texts for text-based conversations. (Consider the major learning pieces/topics for the 4th Quarter)

IES Team

Wheelock Primary School

75 Chestnut Street

Fredonia, NY