Professional development

Past Workshops

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 SlidesSeptember 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 BookletMay 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 BookletFebruary 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 BookletDecember 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 SlidesNovember 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 BookletNovember 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 BookletJune 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 BookletMay 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 BookletMarch 2016 MS Literacy Slides