2013-14 Cross Discipline Literacy Network

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Looking for low cost, high quality professional learning connected to Maine’s learning standards and your daily instructional practice? Eager to engage in collaborative study with colleagues? Interested in face-to-face and technology-based learning experiences?

If you answered yes to these questions, the Cross Discipline Literacy Network (CDLN) is for you. Moving into its second year, this professional learning network fosters literacy practices that support K-12 teaching and learning across content areas. Any educator from any discipline working across the K-12 spectrum, including Pre-K teachers, is welcome and encouraged to join the CDLN.

The CDLN will utilize both online webinar sessions and in-person networking sessions. This year, the in-person sessions will be offered in five regional locations throughout Maine. The sessions will use a Dine and Discuss format (supper included). Opportunities for text-based discussions, sharing instructional strategies and student work, and networking with other educators will be abundant during these sessions which will run from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Conversations and sharing at local sites will be facilitated by trained Maine educators, and each site will be organized to support educators from across the K-12 grade spans.

The webinar portion of the network will require participants to select Literacy Strands on which to focus their study throughout the year. The literacy strands will be cross discipline and will support the achievement of content area standards. Each strand will include two webinars, each an hour in length. Participants may select as many webinar strands as they want, but they should plan to participate in both sessions within a strand as these will build on each other. Webinars will be developed and delivered by Maine Department of Education content specialists and Maine educators with discipline-specific expertise at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Participants will be expected to connect webinar content to their practice and to share evidence of this application during the second Dine and Discuss session. Webinar presentations will be held after school and archived so that participants can watch them again and/or obtain the content at a later time.

Contact hours will be awarded for both Dine and Discuss sessions (2.5 hours each) and for participation in webinars (1 hour each).

To register, visit the CDLN page, where you can also view the 2013-14 CDLN master schedule and read about literacy strand options and professional text choices. Once you know which regional site, webinar strand(s) and professional text you want to select, complete the online registration. Registration cost is $30 for the year and includes meals at two Dine and Discuss sessions and webinar strands. Participants will purchase their own copies of the professional text they select. The registration deadline is Oct. 15. For additional information, please contact Lee Anne Larsen at leeann.larsen@maine.gov or 207-624-6628.