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CDLN Dine and Discuss Session: Dates and Locations


Session 1

Session 2

Snow Date

University of Maine Presque Isle

Oct. 29, 2014

March 18, 2015

March 31, 2015

University of Maine, Orono

Oct. 21, 2014

March 19, 2015

April 1, 2015

University of Maine, Farmington

Oct. 23, 2014

March 11, 2015

March 25, 2015

University of Maine, Augusta

Oct. 22, 2014

March 12, 2015

March 26, 2015

University of Southern Maine, Portland

Nov. 3, 2014

March 10, 2015

March 24, 2015


CDLN Text Discussion Selections

CDLN participants need to select and purchase their own copies of one of the following texts for use in the Dine and Discussion sessions.

  1. Content Area Conversations: How to Plan Discussion-Based Lessons for Diverse Language Learners by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey and Carol Rothenberg (2008), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). This text, appropriate for PK-12 educators, provides concrete examples of how to use collaborative conversations as a vehicle for content learning. Practical guidance for designing lessons that enhance academic discourse along with real-life classroom examples and assessment tools are provided in this text.
    Note: If you are a member of the ASCD, this text can be purchased through at a discount.  The text is available in print or electronic version through

  2. Comprehension Through Conversation: The Power of Purposeful Talk in the Reading Workshop by Maria Nichols (2006), Heinemann.This text, appropriate for PK-5 educators, is a practical guide for the use of purposeful talk about text to build deeper comprehension of fiction, nonfiction and content area study.  Ideas for how to utilize collaborative conversations during read-alouds and independent reading of increasingly complex text are abundant in this professional resource.
    Note:This text is available in print through or


2014-15 Webinar Strand Descriptions and Dates

Strand Topic and Grade Span

Session Description and Dates

Close Reading:  Before, During and After Strategies to Increase Student Achievement with Informational Texts (PK-5)

Session 1—Nov. 20, 3 to 4 p.m.

Session 2—Jan. 15, 3 to 4 p.m.

Close reading builds content knowledge, promotes critical thinking and encourages stamina with complex texts.  This webinar strand will provide teachers with tools they need to implement before, during and after close reading strategies with informational texts.  Participants will gain an understanding of the commonalities present when instructing with close reading in any content area. For each webinar, presenters will include instructional practices, student work, assessment methods and application opportunities for participants to try out practices immediately.

Historical Investigations and Argumentative Writing (6-12)

Session 1—Dec. 8, 3 to 4 p.m.

Session 2—Jan. 12, 3 to 4 p.m.

This webinar series will include research-tested strategies for historical investigations which integrate reading, analysis, planning, composing, and reflection into a writing process that results in the development of argumentative essays.  By effectively utilizing primary sources with readers of all levels all students will have an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency.  Student work samples will be provided to support classroom implementation of these strategies.

Effective Writing Instruction:  Getting What You Really Want  (6-12)

Session 1—Dec. 3, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Session 2—Jan. 21, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.


Many teachers in grades 6-12 want professional development on teaching students to write well in their content area. This webinar strand will share explicit guidance for how to accomplish the goal of helping students write effectively in any content area.

Webinar 1: Crafting Assignments For Student Writing You Want. This session will examine the craft of engaging and motivating students to write in the genres specific to their content areas, and to do the thinking needed to produce clear writing that responds to essential questions. Along with formal essay, lab report, and research genres, we will explore informal and low-stakes writing, and consider how various genres and processes can help students deepen their understanding of content and their engagement with course readings.

Webinar 2: Responding to Student Writing Effectively. Participants in this webinar will examine ways to respond to writing that support students' deeper thinking and engagement with the topic, and various strategies for conferencing including the use of digital platforms for collaborative composition. Varied examples of student writing with responses and subsequent revisions will be shared.

Getting to Proficiency in Math: Using Guided Math and Effective Strategies to Support Student Learning and Understanding (K-12)

Session 1—Dec. 3, 3 to 4 p.m.

Session 2—Jan. 20, 3 to 4 p.m.

This webinar strand will explore the Guided Math framework presented in the text: Guided Math: A Framework for Mathematics Instruction by Laney Sammons. While not required, participants in this strand may find it useful to obtain a copy of this text.

Webinar 1: An overview of Guided Math: its framework, strategies, classroom culture, and impact on student learning and understanding.

Webinar 2: Explore specific strategies and structures to support students in becoming independent, critical thinking mathematicians.

Building the Bridge:  Strategies to Support Career and College Readiness
(6-12, including Career and Technical Education)

Session 1—Nov. 18, 3 to 4 p.m.

Session 2—Feb. 10, 3 to 4 p.m.

This webinar series will set the context for understanding what it means to be career and college ready and how students must move up the scale of text complexity in nonfiction reading, and provide strategies for reading informational text.

Webinar 1: In the first webinar, the presenters will share information regarding the reading demands of texts in the content areas and at the CTE level. Presenters will provide strategies for scaffolding complex nonfiction text at all grade levels, with an emphasis on vocabulary, text structure, and comprehension.

Webinar 2: In the second webinar, the presenters will share information regarding the writing demands of texts in the content areas and at the CTE level. Presenters will provide models of written work consistent with expectations at the postsecondary level. Presenters will provide strategies for writing, with an emphasis on informational writing for a variety of audiences and purposes.

Critique Process: An Approach to Discussing
an Artwork and Encouraging Objective Viewing 

Session 1—Dec. 2, 3 to 4 p.m.

Session 2—Jan. 14, 3 to 4 p.m.

This webinar strand will explore a four-step process for critiquing an artwork that places the viewer’s judgment last, not first. Looking at art in this way will set up an objective and open structure for viewing an artwork. It encourages describing and analyzing an artwork prior to interpreting an artist's intention and placing a personal judgment on the work. In this way, viewers will develop an informed opinion that they can back up with specific references to the work of art. Resources that the webinar will draw upon include:  Art Criticism  and Criticizing Photographs.

Scientific Argumentation:  An
Instructional Approach to Literacy

Session 1—Dec. 4, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Session 2—Feb. 5, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

“Knowledge of the natural world and social worlds seems to be more predictive of reading achievement than are early reading skills,” states recent research.  Science meets the early learner where their natural curiosity lies.  This webinar strand will explore argumentation as a strategy for rich classroom discussions and deep learning from early childhood through adolescence.

Communicative Approaches in the
World Language Classroom (K-12)

Session 1—Dec. 10, 3 to 4 p.m.

Session 2—Feb. 11, 3 to 4 p.m.

This webinar strand will provide an overview of some communicative aspects of the World Language classroom and models of how K-12 teachers incorporate spontaneous oral production in class. This webinar will offer registrants the opportunity to communicate with the World Languages Specialist and each other around teaching practices, challenges, and outcomes.

Be Great! Motivate the Digital Generation in Health Education & Physical Education Using Inquiry-Based Strategies (K-12)

Session 1—Nov. 18, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Session 2—Jan. 20, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Fact: Today’s students have grown up with technology and the digital world is a part of their daily routine. As a result, their brains are wired differently and they expect to get information quickly. Teachers need to tune in to how students are thinking and direct them accordingly. This webinar will focus on using inquiry-based learning strategies including models of inquiry for information literacy. This approach provides students the opportunity to construct an understanding necessary to produce deeper learning. Participants will learn literacy approaches in health education and physical education classes which support the development of successful students.