Engage & Empower Literacy Learners

With Author and Teacher, Penny Kittle

September 20, 2019

Moving students beyond compliant reading and writing and into engaged reading and writing takes focused planning. How can we create a volume of practice that improves reading, writing, speaking and listening? We will study a balance of opportunities for students to demonstrate independence and increased proficiency across a lesson, a unit, and a year.

We will examine classroom structures that place volume, choice, modeling, and feedback at the center of our instruction. Participants will work with other educators to:


  • consider the balance of independent reading, book clubs, and core texts over the course of a year
  • consider the balance of writing discourses and opportunities for students to demonstrate agency and independence
  • collect engaging seeds for writers’ notebooks
  • practice modeling revision moves that improve a text
  • plan book clubs centered on essential questions and select books across a range of complexity
  • invite students to generate thinking in response to their reading
  • create opportunities for digital composition across the school year
  • design practices to improve reading fluency, poetry performance, and TED-talk style presentations
  • find sentences, passages, and whole texts that will mentor our students in specific writing craft and editing moves across genres
  • design assessments that ask students to cite evidence of their learning

Details for Registration

DATE: September 20, 2019

TIME: 9:00-3:30

LOCATION: ESU 9 Building (5807 Osborne Drive West)


Target Audience: ELA Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Para-educators, and Administrators


Registration Fee:

Title II-A Schools: $15 per day.

Title II-A consortium districts include: Adams Central, Blue Hill, Doniphan-Trumbull, Giltner, Kenesaw, Red Cloud, Silver Lake, and Sutton.

Non Title II-A: $75 registration fee (includes '180 Days' book)

Outside of ESU 9: $125 (includes '180 Days' book)

Registration Deadline: September 6, 2019

Register: https://connect.esu9.org/workshops/SectionDetails.aspx?SectionID=1093

LUNCH is provided!