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Reading and Writing Series: Common Core Shifts in Reading and Writing Instruction Facilitator: Shannon Allen Audience: Reading & writing instructors This series of six consecutive workshops will provide an overview of the shifts in reading and writing instruction and assessment brought about by the Common Core State Standards. Each workshop will build on the last; participants are strongly encouraged to attend the workshops in sequence but may attend single workshops if necessary. Every session will highlight at least one Common Core-aligned document, activity, and instructional strategy that teachers can put to immediate use. I. Balancing Informational and Literary Texts This workshop will focus on finding and selecting Common Core-aligned informational texts that are also learner-centered. In addition to providing participants with reading material, this workshop will help them master the instructional strategy of close reading. Date: RAW 14-101 - Wednesday, September 25 Time: 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. II. Staircase of Complexity This workshop will build on the previous one, as we discuss approaches to measuring the complexity of the texts we select. We will also map out units of instruction using multiple texts that first are matched to students’ reading levels and then stretch beyond them. Participation in the previous workshop in the series is highly recommended. Date: RAW 14-102 - Wednesday, October 2 Time: 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

III. Academic Vocabulary Which vocabulary words should you focus on and how should you teach them? This workshop will focus on identifying and selecting “academic” or “Tier-2” vocabulary. In addition, we will discuss and engage with evidence-based approaches to vocabulary instruction. Participation in the previous workshops in the series is highly recommended. Date: RAW 14-103 - Wednesday, October 23 Time: 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. IV. Asking Text-Based Questions, Eliciting Text-Based Answers The Common Core requires instructors to engage students in text-based conversations. Instructors thus need to concentrate on developing text-dependent questions that consistently require learners to return to the text to find the answers. This workshop offers an overview of the different types of questions we should be asking. Participants will collaborate to develop and vet text-dependent questions. Participation in the previous workshops in the series is highly recommended. Date: RAW 14-104 - Monday, November 18 Time: 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. V. Writing from Sources The Common Core requires learners to develop short and extended written arguments using evidence found in texts. Students need to be skilled readers who are able to summarize, paraphrase, and cite evidence. This workshop will focus on graphic organizers and writing frames that will serve as critical instructional scaffolds to help teachers and learners make this significant transition. Participation in the previous workshops in the series is highly recommended. Date: RAW 14-105 - Wednesday, December 11 Time: 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

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NYC RAEN Catalog fall fy2014  

Catalog of the professional development workshops offered at the Literacy Assistance Center September 2013 through January 2014.

NYC RAEN Catalog fall fy2014  

Catalog of the professional development workshops offered at the Literacy Assistance Center September 2013 through January 2014.

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