Cross Discipline Literacy Network
This professional learning network is being developed to foster literacy practices that support learning across content areas. The goal of the literacy network is to provide K-12 educators’ access to professional learning communities focused on content literacy strategies that:
- Build capacity for educators to engage in collaborative, reflective study around literacy practices that benefit content area teaching and learning;
- Promote ongoing literacy learning and sharing across content areas among professionals throughout Maine; and
- Increase student achievement of learning standards through improved literacy instruction across content areas.
The network will operate regionally across the state, utilizing both online webinar sessions interspersed between face-to-face networking sessions.
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 support the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy Across the Disciplines, and will include both content area focused strands (e.g. science, social studies, math, etc.) and general literacy strands (e.g. text complexity, writing instruction, and word study). Webinars will be developed and delivered by MDOE 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 face to face meetings. Additionally, some webinars may require text reading of web-based articles or professional texts (to be purchased separately by participants). Webinar presentations will be held afterschool and archived so that participants can watch them again and/or obtain the content at a later time if they miss the live presentation. Dates of webinar sessions will be sent to participants by October 1, 2012.
Participants will also select a local site at which they will attend face-to-face sessions three times throughout the 2012-13 school year. These sessions will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in extended conversations related to a variety of literacy practices and topics connected to the literacy strands on which they are focusing their study. Opportunities for text discussions, sharing instructional strategies and student work, and networking with other educators will be abundant during these sessions which will run from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Conversations and sharing at local sites will be facilitated by trained educators, and sites will be organized to support educators from the K-5, 6-12, or K-12 grade spans.
Finally, participants in the Cross Discipline Literacy Network will also have the opportunity to connect with local site colleagues and literacy strand colleagues via an online networking platform, www.MaineLearning.net, that will be introduced during the first face-to-face session.
For more information, contact Lee Anne Larsen - Literacy Specialist for the Maine Department of Education