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    Professional Development Opportunities

     

    "It's Debatable" -- Structured Argumentation Skills and Strategies (Baltimore Urban Debate League)

    This six-session, 2AU course connects argumentation, the Common Core State Standards, and content through evidence-based argumentation skills and strategies. Used in classrooms across any subject, these skills help students address text as evidence, make oral and written arguments effectively, and engage with their peers over any idea, topic, or problem. The course provides opportunities for new learning, directed and guided practice, collaboration time to reflect and build new concepts into lessons, units, and implementation plans, and participation in multiple levels of feedback with peers and expert presenters.
     
    By the end of the course, participants will:
     
    • Learn the five structured argumentation skills and their use in the classroom to impact student growth and achievement
    • Identify opportunities for use of debate activities while unit planning that support CCSS
    • Design debate-style activities for use in the content classroom
    • Practice integrating the five skills into daily lessons and/or instructional units
    • Explore assessment practices for debate across the curriculum
    • Reflect on new strategies within content cohorts and develop measureable implementation plans for the current and future school years
    • Share debate strategies and lesson plans with colleagues
    • Participate in multiple styles of classroom debates

    All sessions will be held at Miller’s Court, at 2601 N. Howard St. To receive the 2AU credit, participants must attend all of the following classes:

     
    • Saturday, November 11 from 8:00 to 4:00
    • Tuesday, November 13, from 4:15 to 7:45
    • Wednesday, November 15, from 4:15 to 7:45
    • Saturday, December 2, from 8:00 to 4:00
    • Tuesday, December 5, from 4:15 to 7:45
    • Wednesday, December 6, from 4:15 to 7:45

     

    Register via PGS. For questions, contact Jen Wheeler at jennifer@budl.org.
     
    Expires: November 10
     

    Comprehensive Literacy AU course: Teaching Writing

    This is a 2AU blended-learning course for teachers interested in learning more about effective practices in writing instruction. The course will provide a mix of guided and self-directed learning, at times using student formative assessment to drive new professional learning.

    This course is available to all teachers who regularly teach writing to their students. In the past, this course has worked well for a broad audience, including all content areas and grade levels and special educators.

    By the end of the course, participants will:
    • Learn and implement a variety of protocols for assessing student writing
    • Identify student writing strengths and weaknesses
    • Identify areas for professional writing growth (based on student data) and follow through with guided learning aligned to district practices
    • Regularly measure and reflect on student growth based on classroom writing instruction
    • Integrate writing instruction practices into existing curriculum
    • Share and model with colleagues effective practices that are supported by measured student growth
    • Sustain data collection, guided learning, planning, and reflection

    Each month, participants will meet in person from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Miller’s Court offices at 2601 N. Howard Street. Session attendance is required, but participants can select which class (Monday or Thursday) they will attend for each session.

     
    Session 1: Monday October 30 or Thursday, November 2
    Session 2: Monday November 13 or Thursday, November 16
    Session 3: Monday, December 18  or Thursday December 21
    Session 4: Monday, January 22 or Thursday, January 25
    Session 5: Tuesday, February 20 or Thursday February, 22
    Session 6: Monday, March 19 or Thursday, March22
     
    Because this is a blended learning course, participants must also complete assignments in their classrooms and at home. Each month, the expected online work load equals no more than three hours. This work includes completing online readings, engaging in online discussions, developing instructional plans, and teaching and reflecting.

    This course has a required support component. Each teacher receives individualized support from the course facilitator, and may include a co-planning session, observation, and/or feedback.
     
    For questions, contact Jen Wheeler at jennifer@budl.org.
     
    Expires: March 22, 2018
     

    Comprehensive Literacy AU course: Developing and Implementing a Classroom Independent Reading Program In Secondary ELA and Content Area Classes

    This is a 2AU, blended-learning course for all teachers in grades 6-12 to deepen their knowledge of literacy best practices and pedagogical concepts. It is appropriate for all content areas and grade levels, including special educators. Registration is open in the Professional Growth System.

    This professional development module will explore issues and implementation of supported independent reading for students across the content areas in grades 6–12. It will begin with an overview of the research based rationale for this method, explore a variety of practical applications and implementation structures, consider the social-cultural issues involved in conducting reading groups, and explore ways to use technology to enrich student interactions.

    Participants will explore how implementing a rigorous, independent reading program develops and supports learners, and, what information teachers should  consider to design an independent reading program around student needs, while meeting instructional goals. 

    The course will meet weekly, from October 17 to December 19, and some sessions will be conducted online. In-person meetings will take place in room 212 of AFYA Public Charter Schools (2800 Brendan Ave.), from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on October 17, October 31, November 14, December 5, and December 19.

    Because this is a blended-learning course, participants must complete assignments in classrooms and at home. Each week, the expected online work load equals no more than three hours, and includes completing reading, engaging in online discussions, developing instructional plans, and teaching and reflecting.

    This course meets the Comprehensive Literacy 2AU course requirement for accelerated Pathway movement.

    Registration closes on Tuesday, October 10.

    For questions, contact Melissa Loftus at mloftus@bcps.k12.md.us.
     

    Comprehensive Literacy AU course: Methods of teaching the adolescent reader

    This is a 2AU, blended-learning course for all teachers in grades 6-12 to deepen their knowledge of literacy best practices and pedagogical concepts. It is appropriate for all content areas and grade levels, including special educators. Registration is open in the Professional Growth System

    By the end of the course, participants will know how to:
     
    • Effectively model thinking for students during reading and writing
    • Scaffold and individualize instruction to support students in meeting the needs of the CCSS
    • Use literacy assessment data to identify needs and modify instruction in response to data
    • Implement effective vocabulary instruction and word study in the secondary content classroom
    • Embed speaking and listening within reading and writing instruction
    • Implement routine writing in the content area classroom


    The course will meet weekly, from October 17 to December 19, and some sessions will be conducted online. In-person meetings will take place in room 307 of Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy (100 North Calhoun Street), from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on October 17, October 24, November 7, November 21, December 5, and December 19. 

    Because this is a blended-learning course, participants must complete assignments in classrooms and at home. Each week, the expected online work load equals no more than three hours, and includes completing reading, engaging in online discussions, developing instructional plans, and teaching and reflecting.

    This course meets the Comprehensive Literacy 2AU course requirement for accelerated Pathway movement.

    Registration closes on Tuesday, October 10.

    For questions, contact Melissa Loftus at mloftus@bcps.k12.md.us.

     
    Expires: October 10, 2017