Professional development

Introduction to the Literacy Handbook for 2018-2019

November 14, 2018: Teachers were introduced to discourse literacy routines for the new school year.

Resources: November 14, 2018 PD Slides, November 14, 2018 PD Teacher Booklet

MS Literacy: New Literacy Routines for 2018-2019

October 31, 2018: Teachers were introduced to two role-based routines.

Resources: October 31, 2018 MS Literacy PD SlidesOctober 31, 2018 MS Literacy PD Teacher Booklet

MS Literacy: New Literacy Routines for 2018-2019

September 24, 2018: Teachers were introduced to new literacy routines for the new school year.

Resources: September 24, 2018 MS Literacy PD SlidesSeptember 24, 2018 MS Literacy PD Teacher Booklet

AIM Schools: Literacy routines for starting the school year

June 7, 2018: Teachers were introduced to Rumors, OPTIQ, Babbling and Silent Graffiti to help boost engagement and student discourse.

Resources: June 7 2018 Literacy PD Slides, June 7 2018 Literacy PD Teacher Booklet

MS Literacy: Literacy Routines for Vocabulary Review

June 5, 2018: Teachers were introduced to new literacy routines based around thinking maps to support vocabulary review.

Resources: June 5 2018 MS Literacy PD Slides, June 5 2018 MS Literacy PD Teacher Booklet

MS Literacy: Literacy Routines for Brainstorming and Vocabulary

April 26, 2018: Teachers were introduced to new literacy routines based around thinking maps to support brainstorming and vocabulary retention.

Resources: April 2018 MS Literacy PD Slides, April 2018 MS Literacy PD Teacher Booklet

MS Literacy: Literacy Routines for Short and Extended Response Practice

January 11, 2018: Teachers learned about using literacy routines to prepare students for short and extended response questions on the Middle School ELA exam.

Resources: January 2018 MS Literacy PD Slides, January 2018 MS Literacy PD Teacher Booklet

MS Literacy: Literacy Routines for Multiple Choice Practice

November 30, 2017: Teachers learned about using literacy routines to prepare students for multiple choice questions on the Middle School ELA exam.

Resources: November 2017 MS Literacy PD Slides, November 2017 MS Literacy PD Teacher Booklet

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MS Literacy: Literacy Routine Combinations

September 28, 2017: Teachers learned about literacy routine combinations to target specific subskills. Schools also shared developing tools around reading and discourse habits to track progress over time.

Resources: September 2017 MS Literacy PD Slides, September 2017 MS Literacy PD Teacher Booklet

MS Literacy: Writing Across Content Areas - Thought Bubbles

May 18, 2017: Teachers used the Annotation routine to unpack the new Thought Bubbles routine, planning its incorporation over the next month with a continued consideration of John Hattie’s data for improving student achievement.

Resources: May 2017 MS Literacy Booklet, May 2017 MS Literacy Slides

Middle School Math Instructional Routines - Connecting Representations: Part 2 of 2

February 13, 2017: In Part Two of this series, math teachers experienced and learned the Connecting Representations instructional routine: identifying how instructional routines support ambitious teaching, analyzing tasks to use it for specific instructional purposes, and problem solving potential challenges during implementation.

Resources: February 2017 MS Math Booklet, February 2017 MS Math Slides

MS Literacy: Writing Across Content Areas - Growing Statements

January 26, 2017: Teachers considered commonly used elements of statement writing, such as ‘fact’, ‘kernel’ and ‘reaction’ in an introduction to Growing Statements, and then debriefed using the Paraphrase routine. Then, they planned an incorporation of the new writing routine over the next month.  

Resources: January 2017 MS Literacy Printable Booklet, January 2017 MS Literacy Slides

Assistant Principal Literacy Routines Afternoon

December 6, 2016: Participants used the Annotation, Silent Graffiti and Silent Carousel routines to consider the definition, purpose and potential of instructional routines in literacy across all content areas.

Resources: December 2016 AP Booklet, December 2016 AP Slides

Middle School Math Instructional Routines - Contemplate then Calculate: Part 1 of 2

November 8, 2016: In Part One of this series, math teachers considered the purpose, definition and potential of instructional routines. They experienced and learned Contemplate then Calculate: rehearsing its facilitation, analyzing tasks to use it for specific instructional purposes, and problem solving potential challenges during implementation.

Resources: November 2016 MS Math Slides, November 2016 MS Math Printable Booklet

MS Literacy: Writing Across Content Areas - Note-Taking

November 3, 2016: As an introduction to the new Note-Taking routine (Sort-Connect-Reflect), teachers participated in Silent Graffiti and Silent Carousel routines, and then planned incorporation of the note-taking writing strategy over the next month.

Resources: November 2016 MS Literacy Printable Booklet, November 2016 MS Literacy Slides

MS Literacy Handbook Workshop - Writing: Part 3 of 3

June 6, 2016: Teachers concluded the literacy workshop series with an introduction to Sentence Cards and Word Bank, presenting their use of a discourse strategy in their classroom and then planning a literacy strategy incorporation for the following school year.  

Resources: June 2016 MS Literacy Printable Booklet, June 2016 MS Literacy Slides

MS Literacy Handbook Workshop - Discourse: Part 2 of 3

May 19, 2016: At the second workshop in this series, teachers were introduced to the discourse section of the literacy handbook, learned about the process of adapting a strategy, and co-planned with a partner to incorporate the strategy over the next month.  

Resources: May 2016 MS Literacy Printable Booklet, May 2016 MS Literacy Slides

MS Literacy Handbook Workshop - Reading: Part 1 of 3

March 8, 2016: Teachers joined us for a first glimpse of the cross-content literacy handbook, deep diving into a reading strategy of their choice.

Resources: March 2016 MS Literacy Printable Booklet, March 2016 MS Literacy Slides

2016-2017 Literacy Handbook Workshops