WORKSHOP 1: Grading Policies and Practices to Increase the Odds for Student Success
The implementation of certain school policies and grading practices can encourage or discourage student motivation. Historically, many grading practices were focused on sorting and selecting students. With the accountability factors operating in schools today, in this workshop, we focus on what we have learned during the past two decades about teaching, assessing and reporting learning and the relationship of these factors to student motivation. Grading issues and policies related to student motivation and valid assessments, along with suggestions for improvement, will be offered.
Major goals of this workshop are to assist participants in designing master elementary schedules that:
With the above structures in place, typically we observe a reduction in discipline problems and improved student achievement based on standardized test scores.
WORKSHOP 2: Word Study: An Essential Element of Effective Literacy Instruction
Phonics/Spelling and Vocabulary have been identified by the National Reading Panel as essential to effective literacy instruction. Word Study is a developmental approach to teaching Phonics/Spelling and Vocabulary. In this workshop, we will:
Building Middle School Schedules to Provide Extended Learning Time for Reading/LA, Math, Advising & Tutorials
With increased student needs identified in Grade 9, middle grade programs and schedules are receiving increased scrutiny. Workshop participants will explore various middle school schedules such as those that:
WORKSHOP 3: Successful Literacy Teams: Key Scheduling, Assessment, Flexible Grouping and Instructional Initiatives
Literacy team members deliver appropriate reading instruction to students in their assigned classrooms while also ensuring the ongoing, job-embedded learning of the adults who teach literacy. In this workshop, we will examine:
Participants will consider application to their school settings.
Designing High School Schedules to Increase At-Risk Student Graduation Rates
For at least 40 percent of students, Grades 8, 9 and 10 have become the “Make It or Break It” years. By the end of Grade 10, nationally we have lost over one-third of our students (in some urban areas the loss is over 60 percent). This tragic loss of human potential, now is called “The Silent Epidemic.” To support, accelerate, and increase the graduation odds for these students, in place of providing traditional schedules with core classes spanning a full school calendar year, progressive scheduling alternatives designed to support and accelerate students are offered such as:
Workshop participants will review at least four schedules that incorporate the above five factors and study pros and cons of each.
WORKSHOP 4: Fluency Instruction: An Important Bridge to Reading Comprehension often suffers until readers have achieved fluency, the ability to flow with their words as they read. In this workshop, we will learn a progression of multiple fluency strategies designed to help students improve oral reading accuracy, rate and expression. Techniques for assessing fluency can be trained and practiced as well.
WORKSHOP 5: Student-Centered Reading and Learning Strategies
Student-centered reading and learning strategies can help students comprehend information and ideas at a higher level. In this workshop, we will learn a number of research-based principles for use before, during and after reading, viewing, or engaging in thoughtful action. Participants will observe particular strategies in actual classrooms and also will practice using them.