The English Language Arts Standards ask that students read increasingly complex text, but how do teachers support students who struggle with reading skills? This session will provide strategies and research for teachers who have students that struggle with reading informational text in grades 4-12.
Topics and activities will include:
Text Complexity vs Text Difficulty
Establishing a reading routine with students
Comprehension Strategies- identifying the main idea, summarizing, and using language features to support comprehension
Teacher tools to support comprehension instruction
Vocabulary Strategies – a focus on word knowledge and word learning, including which words to teach students to support reading growth
Fluency – Effectively using multiple reads to support fluency and comprehension
Word Recognition- Student supports for navigating multisyllabic words and internalizing strategies for what to do when they don’t know a word
Participants will be eligible for 6.0 hours of professional development credit. Back
Developed by WestEd, this comprehensive professional development course for science teachers provides all the necessary scaffolds for building a scientific way of thinking in teachers and students, focusing on science content, inquiry, and literacy,
This course is about making sense of the science of energy. It focuses on science, questioning, and literacy — all in the service of building a scientific way of thinking and instilling that way of thinking in students. Through the course activities, you’ll learn practical, relevant strategies for teaching science — how to guide hands-on science learning, support evidence-based discussions, and help your students develop the academic language, habits of mind, and communication skills necessary for sense making and scientific reasoning. As a way to investigate teaching, you’ll read and discuss cases written by teachers for teachers. The cases, which include rich examples of student work, allow you to grapple with science content, navigate typical teaching challenges, and experience authentic dilemmas that occur when teaching energy to students. Although this course is designed for middle-school science teachers, it is open to all grade levels of science teachers interested in further developing their own conceptual understanding of energy and how their students learn about energy.
· Day 1 seeks to answer ‘What is energy?’ and explores the various kinds of energy that keep our world going.
· Day 2 identifies the various types of potential energy and helps to clarify what it really means to have potential energy.
· Day 3 explores the various ways in which heat energy is misunderstood and the ways in which scientists define and talk about heat energy, how it’s transferred, and how it affects our world.
· Day 4 provides a systematic explanation for how and why conservation of energy is possible.
· Day 5 explores the complex interactions between food and organisms.
Registration Cost is $300.00 per person, including the book: Making Sense of Science – Energy Course Teacher Book BACK
Target Audience: 3-8 Teachers
Offered: June 9-10 OR July 18-19, 2016
$65 per person
STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) should not be viewed as curriculum, but rather a way of organizing, integrating, and delivering instruction through an intentional interdisciplinary mindset. There is an increasing need to better understand STEM and provide for more rigorous, relevant and engaging interdisciplinary STEM teaching and learning opportunities. This 2-day “boot camp” will energize and motivate teachers by building background, providing tools and resources with support to successfully implement integrated STEM connections.
Through this engaging, hands-on 2-day STEM Boot Camp participants will:
Develop a foundation for understanding the interdisciplinary nature of STEM teaching and learning
Build their own STEM teaching toolkit based on research and best practices
Create a framework to develop and sustain a STEM learning environment
Includes book: STEM Lesson Essentials – Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by Jo Anne Vasquez, Cary Sneider, Michael Comer
For the best experience please bring your laptop with the most current version of OS and most up to date Chrome, Firefox or Safari web browsers. In addition, you may also want to bring a mobile device (if available) such as smartphone, iPad or Android tablet with the most current version of OS. It is important to make sure you can connect to public/secure wifi hotspots with your devices. It also helpful to have enough administrative rights to be able to download, install or update Internet browsers, Apps, Java, or other important updates. Participants are encouraged to bring their instructional materials such as lessons or pacing guides for planning on how to integrate and harness to the power of video into their instruction.
Participants will be eligible for 12.0 hours of professional development credit.
Check-in begins at 8:18 a.m., Workshop: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: 3300 N. Central Ave. – room 16-100 back