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    Comprehensive Literacy AU Courses: Spring 2018

    Registration for the below courses is open on the Professional Growth System (PGS).

    Developing and Implementing a Classroom Independent Reading Program in Secondary ELA and Content Area Classes (2AU): Blended-learning course to explore issues and implementation of supported independent reading for students across the content areas in grades 6-12.

    • In-person sessions: February 7, 14, and 28, March 14, April 4 and 18, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Forest Park High School (3701 Eldorado Avenue)
    • Webinar sessions: February 21, March 7 and 21, April 11

    Methods of Teaching the Adolescent Reader (2AU): Blended-learning course to deepen participants’ knowledge of literacy best practices and pedagogical concepts for secondary teachers across all content areas.

    • In-person sessions: February 6, 13, and 27, March 13, April 3 and 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in room 307 at The Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy (100 N. Calhoun Street)
    • Webinar sessions: Feb. 20, March 6, March 20, April 10

    K-3 Word Study – Across the Content Areas: How to Infuse Opportunities for Vocabulary Instruction Throughout the Day (2 AUs): General and special educators of K-3 students will learn how to infuse explicit and implicit opportunities for vocabulary instruction throughout the instructional day. Referencing current research and conducted in a blended-learning format, participants will be required to attend sessions in both a face-to-face manner and in a webinar format utilizing Blackboard Collaborate.

    • In-person sessions: February 10 and April 21, from 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. at Arlington Elementary (3705 W. Rogers Avenue)
    • Webinar sessions: February 15 and 22, March 1, 8, 15, and 22, April 5 and 12, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Expires: March 1, 2018


    Teaching Writing 1AU course now available for registration on PGS

    Teaching Writing is a 1AU, blended-learning course for teachers interested in learning more about effective practices in writing. The course will provide a mix of guided and self-directed learning, using student formative assessment as a compass 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
    • Regularly 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

    Course participants will meet in person for five required sessions, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Miller’s Court offices at 2601 N. Howard St.

    The same course runs on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Participants must attend each session, but may choose either Tuesday or Wednesday, from session to session. 

    Session 1: January 9 and 10

    Week of January 15 (online work)

    Session 2: January 23 and 24

    Week of January 29 (online work)

    Session 3: February 6 and 7

    Week of February 12 (online work)

    Session 4: February 20 and 21

    Week of February 26 (online work)

    Session 5: March 6 and 7

    For questions, please contact Jen Wheeler at jennifer@budl.org


    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