2016-17 Literacy Webinar Series

Oakland Schools ISD Waterford, MI

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Word Study, Vocabulary & Grammar: the Toughest Nuts to Crack

Effective instruction in spelling, phonics, vocabulary, and grammar are the most challenging areas for K-12 ELA teachers to gain traction with their students. There’s confusion about effective practices, how to organically integrate word study, vocabulary and grammar into reading and writing instruction, as well as how to design or select the best resources and programs for this work.


This webinar series features hour-long sessions with experts and practitioners in the field who will provide direction in how to gain instructional traction in word study, vocabulary, and grammar that will affect student achievement. The questions addressed across the series include:

  • How can teachers facilitate the transfer of skills learned in word study to reading and writing?
  • How do teachers decide what vocabulary words to teach and how to teach them?
  • How do we teach grammar in a way that impacts student writing?
  • How do we make smart decisions about the resources and programs we select for word study, vocabulary and grammar instruction?
All registrants will receive a post-session email with links to the session recording & associated resources.


COST & SCECHs: All sessions are FREE. Education credits are available for Michigan educators.


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Complex Texts, Complex Sentences: Grammar & Comprehension in the Time of Common Core

Dr. Tim Shanahan, University of Illinois at Chicago

Thursday, October 27, 2016 7-8pm EST

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recommended reading: Tim Shanahan's blog - Shanahan on Literacy

Words in the World: Transferring Word Study to Everyday Reading and Writing

Dr. Laura Tortorelli, Michigan State University

Thursday, November 17, 2016 7-8pm EST

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Grammar in Theory; Grammar in Practice: Language Use in Culture, Society, and Our Classrooms

Dr. Jonathan Bush, Western Michigan University

Thursday, December 8, 2016 7-8pm EST

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recommended reading:


  • Grammar to Enrich and Enhance Writing by Constance Weaver and Jonathan Bush
  • Grammar Alive: a Guide for Teachers by Brock Haussamen

Cracking the Code of Early Literacy: What Is Phonemic Awareness and Why Does it Matter?

Dr. Laura Tortorelli, Michigan State University

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 7-8pm EST
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recommended reading: Phonemic Awareness in Young Children by Marilyn Jager Adams, Barbara Foorman, Ingvar Lundberg, and Terri Beeler

From Texting to Teaching: Teaching Grammar Beyond the Screen

Dr. Troy Hicks, Central Michigan University & Jeremy Hyler, Fulton Schools, MI

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 7-8pm EST

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recommended reading:


Cracking the Vocabulary Nut Requires Rich, Interactive Instruction

Dr. Margaret McKeown, University of Pittsburgh

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 7-8pm EST
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recommended reading:


  • Creating Robust Vocabulary: Frequently Asked Questions & Extended Examples by Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, and Linda Kucan
  • Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction, 2nd Edition by Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, and Linda Kucan

Who Is Using the Vocabulary?: Engaging Students in Active Practice with New & Important Words

Thursday, April 20, 2017 7-8pm EST
Dr. Dianna Townsend, University of Nevada-Reno

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recommended reading: Vocabulary Their Way: Word Study with Middle and Secondary Students, 2nd Edition by Shane Templeton, Donald R. Bear, Marcia A. Invernizzi, Fancine R. Johnson, Kevin Flanigan, Dianna R. Townsend, Lori Helman and Latisha Hayes.

Organically Integrating Vocabulary into the Secondary Classroom

Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 Teacher of the Year

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 7-8pm EST

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recommended reading: Supporting Students in a Time of Core Standards: 9-12 by Sarah Brown Wessling

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Questions? Email delia.decourcy@oakland.k12.mi.us

EXTEND YOUR LEARNING

Oakland Schools Word Study White Paper

The Oakland Schools Word Study Team will be publishing a white paper in October that identifies the key instructional issues and discusses the research on word study, vocabulary and grammar instruction. All registrants will receive a digital copy.


Word Study, Vocabulary & Grammar Collaboration Group

All series registrants will receive information about how to sign up for our virtual collaboration group in mi PLACE (Michigan Professional Learning and Collaboration Environment), where educators can continue the conversation between sessions, share resources, and ask questions.