PRACTICAL, COLLABORATIVE, HANDS-ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Bring us in for an hour or two, and we can walk you and your English teachers through the philosophy of Using Informational Text to Teach Literature, including how to fully utilize the strategies of our approach.
Bring us in for a day-long workshop, and we can work with your English and content area teachers to find informational texts that connect fully with your existing curriculum and to create engaging, comprehensive, cross-disciplinary units that help students meet the informational texts standards, while asking them to read, write, think, and speak critically about the texts and issues.
- Work with sample materials and models to think about how cross-disciplinary units can function to enhance motivation, content knowledge, and literacy.
- Learn how to find high-quality, engaging informational texts that are meaningfully connected to your existing literary and/or content-area curriculum.
- Learn how to create engaging vocabulary, reading, and discussion activities that build student confidence and support student success.
- Learn how to create meaningful, evidence-based writing activities that draw on the connections between informational texts and existing content-area units.
- Work together with cross-content colleagues to develop cross-disciplinary curriculum units to enhance content-area knowledge and prepare students for the demands of Common Core assessments. Past participants advocate that teachers and administrators attend the workshop together!
Contact us about bringing us into your district for one of these workshops.
Here’s what participants said about our day-long workshop with English teachers at Ewing High School, NJ:
- “Your easy style of interaction with us allowed for a useful dialogue.”
- “It was useful to have time to apply this to the work we actually teach.”
- “Now I have templates and some ready-to-use resources.”
- What was most surprising/interesting: “How useful and diverse the additional materials can be.”
And here’s what Ewing High School’s social studies teachers said about our day-long workshop with them:
- “We always try to teach to other subjects and have students make connections, but if we collaborate more effectively this can become more possible.”
- “The handouts very clearly defined how to develop informational text assignments. Also the time to collaborate and design our own activity was much appreciated.”
- “Everything was very valuable. This was an all around great experience. Many times workshops lack usable materials. This workshop was packed with usable classroom materials.”
Comments from participants at our NJASCD day-long workshop:
- “The workshop linked the abstractions of the Common Core with everyday and practical applications in schools.”
- “I learned practical ways to implement cross-disciplinary activities.”
- “I can clearly see how the collaborative process can help students.”
- “I liked your step-by-step ideas — very clear and useful.”
- “I feel more prepared because we have tangible examples to take back to our schools.”
- What was most surprising/interesting: “That all the activities were exactly what we need.”
Comments from our workshops at University Academy Charter High School:
- “I feel better prepared to collaborate across disciplines with the amount of time we were able to discuss with our grade-level teachers.”
- “I feel more prepared because we actually collaborated today instead of just talking about it.”
- What was most useful: “The tools! Giving me resources to use right away, modeling.”