NEW MidWinter Courses

Teaching Argument Reading and Writing at the Secondary

 College ready literacy skills, especially around the reading and writing
of argument and the ability to understand and develop claim and evidence
based texts, are privileged by the CCSS and the assessments at the
secondary level.

In this experience, participants will: examine texts and strategies that
support college ready reading and writing across the curriculum, especially
text based argument tasks; try selected strategies in their classrooms;
examine the student work products; draw conclusions about the effectiveness
of thestrategies; and offer suggestions for further implementation in
other curricular situations. Facilitated by GCRTC staff working on National
College Ready Writing and Literacy Design Collaborative grants.

Participants may be eligible for a $275 stipend from the Teaching is the
Core grant.

Thursdays 1/30, 2/6, 2/27, 3/13 · 4-6 pm · Location TBD · Register:


ELA Secondary Assessment Inquiry Group: Part

 Many teachers started the school year overwhelmed by the numbers of
students who "failed" the CCSS ELA exams in grades 4-8. Those teachers who
provide academic intervention services face the daunting task of trying to
provide some kind of intervention to huge numbers of students with reduced
staffing. These teachers are asking: How can we help our struggling readers
in the upper grades? What are valid and useful assessment procedures for
screening and monitoring student progress and growth in grades 7-12?

In Part 1 of this two-part program, participants will focus on group
assessment tools. The facilitator of this group, Sherry Guice, Ed.D., is
both a classroom teacher and university adjunct with a doctorate in
literacy. Under her direction, participants will read selected assessment
literature, collaboratively study and pilot several group assessment
instruments, and share insights and experiences. Participants will develop
protocols for screening students in group settings.

Participants may be eligible for a $275 stipend from the Teaching is the
Core grant.

Thursdays 1/23, 2/6, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27 · 3:30-5 pm · Lisha Kill MS ·


ELA Secondary Assessment Inquiry Group: Part

 In Part 2 of this program, the focus will turn to progress monitoring by
studying and piloting TheAdolescent Literacy Survey (Grades 6-12).
This is a new assessment tool that makes it possible for middle and high
school teachers to learn more about their students’ reading and writing
abilities. The ALI provides information not only on reading skill and
strategy, but also on how students use these in content areas, thus
teachers can determine the most appropriate text adaptations and
instructional focus forstudents. Participants will learn how to
administer this tool individually.

Participants may be eligible for a $275. stipend from the Teaching is the
Core grant.

Thursdays 4/3, 4/24, 5/1, 5/15, 5/29 · 3:30-5 pm · Lisha Kill MS ·

Effective Use of Available Classroom

In this 1-hour webinar, participants will see how student data, available
from daily classroom activities, can inform instructional planning, enhance
student engagement, and deepen APPR conversations with administrators.
Participants will engage in an interactive demonstration, showing how one
evidence collecting tool, Excel, can be used to better identify and
articulate evidence of student learning.

Participants will receive an Excel template and instructional guide
following the webinar.

Thursday 2/6 · 4-5 pm · Online · Register:


A Close Look at Close Reading for Teachers of Kindergarten - Fifth

 In this course mentor teachers will provide example lessons
demonstrating: close
reading strategies, academic vocabulary, text based questions, text
evidence to support claims and opinions, writing and speaking from sources
and electronic documentation of student work.

Participants will have an opportunity to develop lessons and reflect on
them with collegial support and critique. Guided practice willbe provided
in: choosing meaningful and engaging texts, developing close reading
lessons, creating student activities, developing classroom management
strategies andelectronically documenting student work.

Participants will receive continued mentor support before, during and after
implementing new Common Core ELA aligned lessons so they will be able to
most effectively shift their classroom practices. Allparticipants will
come back together for a final sharing and reflection of products and
student work.

Meals/Lodging Fee for Mar. 7-8: $226.92 (single) $200.23 (double per
person) payable to the Carey Center. Call Sue at 518-797-5100. PD
underwritten by the Teaching is the Core grant.

Participants may be eligible for a $550 stipend. Evidence of classroom
implementation required.

3/7 · 5pm—3/8 · 5pm · Carey Center · 3/20 · 4-7 pm · Westmere ES · Register:


Securing Funds to Support Innovative Common Core Curriculum

Designed to support the process of garnering funds for education
initiatives and programs, this course is open to teachers, administrators,
teaching assistants or other school related personnel. Funding tosupport
structural or curriculum change is often dependent upon external sources of
funding, usuallyinitiated by individuals or teams of teachers and
administrators. Success depends upon knowledge of the culture and practice
in the field of philanthropy.

Training will support educators as they move an idea/solution from concept
to reality. This course helps master all that goes into getting the funding
and grants needed for implementation of your Common Core Curriculum
Projects. Participants will learn the components, elements and
characteristics of a successful proposal. By the last session each attendee
or group will have created a workable grant proposal based upon each
stakeholder's specific idea and needs.

Thursdays 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10 · 4-7 pm · GCRTC at Shaker Rd ES ·
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