Socratic Seminar

A collaborative and intellectual dialogue

Are you ready for this?

The seminar, a literacy strategy for all content areas, is designed to increase understanding of textual ideas and values as well as an understanding of self and others. As a primary tool for the rigorous examination and analysis of complex text(s), the seminar and the seminar cycle, when paired with academic coaching and didactic instruction, become powerful tools for the development and practice of the Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening skills emphasized in the PA Core Standards. In addition, the seminar and core components of the seminar cycle embed and scaffold instructional practices referenced in Doman 3: Instruction of the Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument (2011). Domain 3b: Questioning and Discussion Techniques encourages students to make connections among concepts or events previously believed to be unrelated and arrive at new understandings of complex materials (Danielson, 2011). Lastly, in a cultural context, the seminar builds and refines all social and communication skills.

Participants will:

  • Use the Socratic Seminar as a key literacy instructional strategy for teaching and learning in all content areas.
  • Explore deep background and research on the Socratic Seminar.
  • Analyze the components of the Socratic Seminar and the seminar cycle.
  • Lead a Socratic Seminar to build skills on how to implement a seminar in the classroom.
  • Explore the use of the Socratic Seminar to support all students and its alignment to the Danielson Framework

Target Audience: Special educators and General Education teachers in elementary and secondary in all content areas, special education directors, ELL upper elementary and secondary teachers, and speech therapists.

This 2 day training will help you build your knowledge and intensify your instruction using the seminar cycle. In addition, onsite coaching will be available to customize and personalize your Socratic Seminar.

THIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IS A 2 DAY COMMITMENT. DAY 1 WILL CONSIST OF CONTENT TO REPRODUCE A SEMINAR IN YOUR CLASS. DAY 2 WILL BE A REFLECTION OF YOUR SOCRATIC PROCESS.

Socratic Seminar Day 1

Monday, Sep. 25th, 9am-3pm

4500 6th Avenue

Altoona, PA

Professional Development will take place at the Intermediate Unit 8 Office in Altoona.

Socratic Seminar Day 2

Friday, Oct. 27th, 1-3pm

4500 6th Avenue

Altoona, PA

Professional Development will take place at the Intermediate Unit 8 Altoona office.

Questions: Contact Julie Della

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