English Language Arts-Literacy

Foundational Overview of English Language Arts/Literacy: A Refresher Course for College Career Readiness Standards and State Assessment Program

This professional development work session is a refresher course for English Language Arts teachers as well as other subject area teachers who have the responsibility for developing students’ literacy skills. Participants will learn about the research that supports the key elements of the standards and will understand the design and structure of the standards. Text exemplars/writing samples, key advances and shifts, and criteria for an effective instructional delivery system will be focal points for this session. Participants will acquire knowledge and experience by actively exploring resources, reading critical publications, and engaging in purposeful activities designed to foster the implementation of an integrated literacy model.

Balanced Literacy for K-5

The goal of a balanced literacy program is to include the strongest elements of each of the five components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. In this interactive session, participants will work to identify how to immerse students in each of the five components to directly impact foundational reading skills.

Streamlining and Utilizing Available Resources for English Language Arts-Literacy Instruction

Teachers and administrators are searching for a practical process to streamline the available materials and resources to plan units of instruction and daily plans. This workshop will guide teachers in the utilization of available materials and resources to effectively teach the English Language Arts-Literacy standards. Teachers will learn the process of planning for units of instruction and daily plans utilizing available resources to ensure the integrated model of literacy is accomplished. Multiple print and on-line resources will be researched for use in the classroom to enhance student learning.

Instructional Planning and Unit Development Aligned to the State Assessment Program

Exposing students to a variety of texts will strain traditional practices and inspire teachers to embrace changes in instructional planning and unit development. During this session, teachers will learn the process of developing thematic units of instruction by utilizing available print and digital resources. The interactive session will facilitate understanding of research-based practices for weekly and daily planning that ensures alignment to the teacher performance standards.

Designing/Evaluating Performance Tasks and Scoring Rubrics for ELA-Literacy

Performance Tasks require students to use concepts, skills, and strategies learned while completing a real-world task. Students must be able to explain, apply, and synthesize knowledge to demonstrate a true understanding through projects or tasks. Through this interactive session, participants will learn how to access and evaluate available performance tasks and scoring rubrics. They will also develop and implement standards-based performance tasks and scoring rubrics to utilize in their classrooms.

Pacing through Check-Points for Priority Standards

More rigorous standards require that students show mastery of explicit concepts and skills within each standard. This hands-on session includes essential information for the pacing of concepts and skills within the standards to determine a timeline for when they should be taught, mastered, and assessed.

The Text is RAAW Central: Read the Text! Analyze the Text! Answer to the Text! Write About the Text!

With the true advent of new standards mandating the centrality of the text, students must be required to extend their thinking about literature and informational passages. In this hands-on work session, the text will be central as participants read an appropriately complex text, analyze important parts of the text through close reading, answer text-dependent questions, and write to a performance prompt. By going through this RAAW process, participants will gain a toolkit of strategies for how students need to interact with the text to ensure this extension of thinking takes place.

RAAW Writing: Modeling, Teaching, Progressing

Students MUST write, formally and informally, to extend understanding about subject matter. Teachers know the writing process but may lack practical strategies for modeling and teaching it. In this hands-on training session, participants will engage in informal writing strategies which can be incorporated into every day practice. Participants will also gain practical, research-based strategies for each step of the formal writing process. In this session, teachers will create performance tasks and write to those tasks, ensuring they understand the process and strategies to model for their students.

Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About: Teaching Language through Speaking and Listening, Writing, and Reading

Despite hearing that language and conventions should be taught in an integrated fashion through speaking and listening, writing, and reading, teachers continue to teach these skills and concepts in isolation. In this interactive work session, participants will engage in hands-on activities geared toward teaching language skills and concepts through reading, discussing the reading, and writing about the reading. Understanding the purpose of language skills and concepts in reading and communicating will be the focus of this engaging session. Participants will leave the session with a toolkit of strategies and activities ready to be used immediately in the classroom.

The “Write” Questions for RAAW Engagement

Performance standards mandate that teachers utilize effective questioning to ensure students are thinking rigorously. In this interactive session, teachers will deepen their understanding of effective text-dependent questioning for authentic student analysis and comprehension. Participants will receive a toolbox of pedagogical questioning practices to engage students in complex thinking, which should lead to writing as an extension of that thinking.

English Language Arts (ELA) Assessments for the Classroom: Selecting “Cold Reads,” Developing Standards-Based Test Items, and Creating Performance Tasks

This interactive session will support teachers in developing assessments that will measure the progress of their students within the breadth and depth of the ELA College and Career Readiness Standards. Teachers will understand the difference between assessing for comprehension of anchor/extended texts and assessing for performance of skills and understanding of concepts through cold reads. Participants will evaluate and adapt pre-existing assessments and assessment resources. Additionally, participants will complete a process to create a “cold” assessment, utilizing available print and online resources. Throughout the session, participants will explore strategies to analyze and track the data generated from classroom assessments.

Building Students’ Vocabulary for Deeper Comprehension and Writing

Research shows the importance of effective vocabulary instruction in deepening comprehension and writing effectively. In this interactive work session, participants will analyze readily used texts, utilizing research-based criteria for appropriately tiered and complex vocabulary words. Throughout the session, the facilitator will model researched-based strategies that offer a multitude of activities geared toward students actively learning and using the vocabulary. Participants will develop a toolbox of research-based strategies and tiered vocabulary words for their upcoming instructional plans.

Text Complexity: What It Is and Why It Matters

In this hands-on work session, participants will develop an understanding of the research-based case that both supports and explains why the complexity of the texts students read matters. Teachers recognize that the ability to comprehend complex text independently and proficiently is key to success in K-12 and beyond. However, many are not prepared to model or teach strategies that help students become active readers who fully understand that reading is thinking and making meaning. Participants will learn why increasing the complexity of what students read is important and will also develop an understanding of the quantitative and qualitative factors that make text challenging to comprehend. Participants will also explore how to match students to texts and tasks and will be provided with tools and strategies to help students improve reader ability as they work to synthesize information and ideas.

ACT Best Practices for English Language Arts Teachers

It is widely recognized that no factor under school control impacts student performance on the ACT more than an effective teacher in the classroom. Bailey Education Group facilitator will work with designated teachers to understand research-based strategies to utilize in the classroom. Throughout this hands-on session, teachers engage in the research based strategies which will directly impact student performance on the ACT. Additionally, teachers will receive a tool-kit for strategies that can be utilized in the classroom.