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Close Reading: Connect the Pieces to Deeper Meaning

During this course, participants will develop a step-by-step lesson structure and learn how to model a deep text reading, encourage group conversations to analyze text-based information, support students through multiple opportunities reading increasingly challenging texts, and facilitate writing to answer higher-level text-dependent questions. These close reading activities result in increased student achievement in conjunction with multiple opportunities for all students to productively struggle with complex texts. Course Number PD23

Defining and Teaching Complex Text to Meet the Common Core State Standards

The CCSS places a strong emphasis text complexity and its role in evaluating students’ college and career readiness. This course focuses on defining text complexity—both quantitatively and qualitatively—and matching readers to texts and tasks. Participants will learn instructional strategies to support students’ understanding of complex texts. Course Number PD19

Deep Comprehension

This course moves beyond comprehension skills to underscore the importance of deep comprehension. Strategies will be modeled and practiced so that teachers learn to engage their students in meaningful discussions; increase complex reasoning; develop rich speaking, writing, and listening vocabularies; and analyze literary texts in different genres and disciplines, as required by the CCSS. Course Number PD7

Weaving Together Literacy and Social Development

Through culturally diverse literature, participants in this course will focus on societal themes as the vehicle to teach literacy skills and address social development. Participants will learn how to foster a positive classroom culture that allows students to achieve academically and socially, explore diverse perspectives, and better prepare to master the CCSS for English Language Arts & Literacy. Course Number PD8

Guided Reading

This course will spotlight the steps in the guided reading process: selection of a text, introduction to the text, reading of the text, discussion of the text, teaching points, word work, and extending understanding. With the implementation of the CCSS, guided reading has shifted its focus to a deeper understanding of how readers build effective processing systems and an examination of the role of complex texts. When students have the opportunity of engaging in smooth, efficient processing of text with deep understanding, there will be an increase in their mastery of the standards of the Common Core. Course Number PD6

Differentiated Instruction: Helping All Learners Achieve the Common Core State Standards

This course is designed to empower teachers with strategies that vary instruction and student activities based on readiness, interest, and learning styles. Particular attention will be paid to the importance of assessment in not only driving the instruction but also in determining what scaffolding and differentiation is needed to support the student as they face the grade level standards of the CCSS. The focus will be on lesson planning, instructional delivery and student activities that result in classrooms where students are active learners, decision-makers, and problem-solvers. Course Number PD5

Nonfiction: Expository Text Everywhere

Examine best practices in teaching nonfiction by making connections to learning theory, relevant content-area instruction, and strategy instruction. The Reading Standards for Informational Text from the CCSS emphasize that students ask and answer questions, use text features and illustrations, compare and contrast texts, and recognize main ideas and supporting details. Participants will learn to teach nonfiction-reading strategies that students can transfer across the curriculum. Course Number PD10

A Focus on Anti-bullying Strategies

An essential goal for educators is to engage students through social-emotional concepts and themes in order to teach them how to negotiate conflict; respect varying points of view; and express personal opinions, thoughts, and feelings. Participants will learn anti-bullying strategies and activities that use carefully selected children’s literature to help students understand bullying issues, create a more positive classroom and school climate, and allow for greater academic achievement. Course Number PD9

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