The English Language Arts (ELA) Community of Practice engages ELA educators of grades 6–12 in intentionally integrating reading, writing, speaking, and listening to build the literacy skills necessary to access rigorous content. Participants will explore strategies necessary to critically read a variety of text types and consider how academic thinking skills and Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading (WICOR®) can be used to design effective instruction. Participants will engage thoughtfully with the writing process to create and share ideas that will support deeper implementation of writing in the English Language Arts classroom, impacting students’ ability to create and effectively share knowledge and innovative ideas. Throughout the learning, participants will experience speaking and listening strategies that foster a culture of literacy where students develop clarity and confidence with their voice. All strategies, digital activities, and digital tools experienced in this Community of Practice can be leveraged in face-to-face, blended, or virtual learning environments.
This Community of Practice requires all participants to have their own device or laptop that can connect to the internet. Participants must bring an acceptable device, power cord, and earbuds/headphones with them to the session. If a district-issued device is being used, be sure to log in to the device on the district network before attending. Device software and preferred web browsers (Chrome or Firefox) need to be up to date.
Three-day summer virtual professional learning event featuring real-time interaction with facilitators and peers nationwide in both a Community of Practice and a session illustrating ways to extend learning throughout the school year, engage in productive planning, and ignite inspiration campuswide. Plus, time is provided before or after virtual learning for individuals to further reflect or for sites and districts to host their own activities.
Four 3-hour professional learning modules through a virtual platform using videoconferencing provide a high-paced, interactive, dynamic learning experience while modeling engaging and rigorous instruction. There will also be opportunities to engage in One-to-One Collaborative Coaching.