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CDLN Dine and Discuss Session: Dates and Locations

Location

Session 1

Session 2

University of Maine Presque Isle

Oct. 29, 2013

March 19, 2014

University of Maine, Orono

Oct. 30, 2013

March 20, 2014

University of Maine, Farmington

Nov. 7, 2013

March 11, 2014

University of Maine, Augusta

Nov. 6, 2013

March 5, 2014

University of Southern Maine, Portland

Nov. 13, 2013

March 12, 2014

 

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 Counts! Developing Disciplinary Literacy Skills, K-6 by Jennifer L. Altieri (2011), International Reading Association. This text, appropriate for K-6 educators, provides concrete examples of how to nurture literacy instruction through content area study at the elementary level. Lesson examples across content areas are provided for reading comprehension, writing to learn, oral discussion and viewing skills.
    Note: If you are a member of the International Reading Association, this text can be purchased through www.reading.org at a discount. The text is available in print or electronic version through www.amazon.com.
  2. The Core Six: Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence with the Common Core by Harvey Silver, R. Thomas Dewing and Matthew Perini (2012), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. This text, appropriate for K-12 educators, examines six research-based, classroom proven strategies that will help students meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy. Applicable across disciplines, multiple sample lessons showing how these strategies can be applied across the K-12 span are included, along with the research behind the strategy and planning considerations.
    Note: If you are a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, this text can be purchased through www.ascd.org at a discount. The text is available in print or electronic version through www.amazon.com.

 

2013-14 Webinar Strand Descriptions and Dates

Strand Topic and Grade Span

Session Description and Dates

Elementary Vocabulary Instruction (K-5)

Session 1—Nov. 19, 3 to 4 p.m.

Session 2—Jan. 21, 3 to 4 p.m.

Elementary Vocabulary Instruction: Have your students learning in CODE. Join the two webinars to learn about Vocabulary’s CODE, a strategic approach to direct vocabulary instruction, taken from The Core Six Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence with the Common Core. Learn about the importance of intentional vocabulary instruction to help unlock and support deep content understanding.

Session 1: What are the C and O in CODE?
Join us to start decoding the meaning of CODE. Not only will you learn what the acronym stands for (at least the first half), but also leave with strategies to help support implementing intentional vocabulary instruction following the CODE.

Session 2: What are the D and E in CODE?
Join us to decode the remaining half of CODE. You will leave with a full explanation of the Vocabulary’s CODE, strategies to support all parts of the CODE and how to put it all together in your units of instruction.

Secondary Vocabulary Instruction (6-12)

Session 1—Dec. 9, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Session 2—Jan. 13, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Session 1: Big and Practical Ideas about Academic Vocabulary in the Classroom
How do we motivate students to see new meaning in words? When they learn the word “composition” in art, can they then transfer it to a social studies term when speaking about the composition of a community? What does it mean to write a musical composition, and how does that differ from composing an essay...or how are they the same? This webinar will provide an overview of ideas about how a teacher can go about selecting and assessing student vocabulary through five big ideas: Intentionality, Transparency, Usability, Personalization and Prioritization. The first webinar will highlight ideas on how to make vocabulary instruction intentional and transparent and offer strategies that can be used immediately in your own classrooms. Be ready to share your ideas, too.
Session 2: More Practical Ideas about Academic Vocabulary in the Classroom
This webinar will review the five big ideas of vocabulary instruction and delve into strategies for making vocabulary instruction usable, personal and a priority. Suggestions for implementation will be presented by three teachers of different subject areas and grade levels. Cross-curricular as well as subject-specific vocabulary strategies, will be explored. The teachers will share their experiences with concrete examples from their own classrooms. Again, be ready to share your ideas and experiences, too.

Cross Disciplinary Writing StrategiesEvidence-Based Opinions and Arguments (K-5)

Session 1—Nov. 20, 4 to 5 p.m.

Session 2—Jan. 29, 4 to 5 p.m.

 

Session 1: The Foundation of Comparing and Contrasting
Comparing and contrasting provides the foundation for students to write strong opinion, informational and argument pieces. Research identifies "comparative thinking strategies as the single most effective way to raise student achievement" (Core Six, p.17). Join us as we illustrate strategies that support students to develop strong compare and contrast writing.

Session 2: Writing to Learn
Strong writing skills are associated with gains in reading, social studies, science and math, and are central to college and career readiness. Join us to learn about writing for learning across content areas. We will share classroom writing strategies that support different types of classroom writing and that strengthen students' evidence-based opinion, informational and argument writing skills.

Cross Disciplinary Writing Strategies—Creating Evidence-based Arguments (6-12)

Session 1—Dec. 10, 3 to 4 p.m.

Session 2—Feb. 4, 3 to 4 p.m.

Session 1: Writing Evidence-Based Arguments Across Content Areas: Where Do We Start?
Join us to unpack argument writing across content areas and the components that make it strong. By learning strategies to assist all writers, participants will be better prepared to guide students in their writing.

Session 2: Taking a Deep Dive into Writing Evidence-Based Arguments Across Content Areas
Exploring argument writing at a deeper level across content areas will provide the opportunity for participants to add to their bag of tricks.

Cross Disciplinary Comprehension Strategies for Informational Text (K-5)

Session 1—Nov. 21, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Session 2—Jan. 23, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Session 1: Comprehending Elementary Level Informational Texts—Setting Purposes and Using Text Features/Structures
In this webinar, instructional strategies for helping students set clear purposes for reading informational texts will be shared along with strategies for helping students recognize and use text features and text structures as tools for supporting comprehension. Examples of how the instructional strategies can be applied across disciplines K-5 will be shared, as will ideas for scaffolding instruction from read aloud to guided and independent practice.

Session 2: Comprehending Elementary Level Informational Texts—Determining Important Information and Synthesizing Across Sources
In this webinar, instructional strategies for helping students determine main ideas and key details in informational texts will be shared, along with strategies for synthesizing key information from across multiple sources. Examples of how the instructional strategies can be applied across disciplines K-5 will be shared, as will ideas for scaffolding instruction from read aloud to guided and independent practice.

Cross Disciplinary Comprehension Strategies—Reading Deeply to Inform and Argue (6-12)

Session 1—Nov. 18, 3 to 4 p.m.

Session 2—Jan. 27, 3 to 4 p.m.

Sessions 1 and 2: Close reading of informational texts is a significant goal of the Common Core State Standards. Three middle and high school content teachers will explain the use of literacy strategies inspired by the book Core Six as they pertain to different subject-area texts. Student work will also be shared with reflections about continuing use of the strategies. 

Close Reading: Developing Independent Reading Skills to Comprehend Complex Texts (K-12 Literary Teachers)

Session 1—Nov. 25, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Session 2—Jan. 27, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

 

Sessions 1 and 2: The Common Core State Standards, while not prescribing a course of reading, do require a continuously increasing level of literacy skill to engage with increasingly complex texts. Using strategies explained and modeled in Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst, session facilitators will present the signpost concept of close reading instruction and how it works in their classrooms. Participants will learn about the strategies, share experiences with using them and analyze student work. Connections to non-literary texts will also be explored as a method to foster independence during a gradual release of responsibility.

Informational Writing at the Elementary Level (K-5)

Session 1—Dec. 3, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Session 2—Jan. 30, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Session 1: Selecting Structures, Features, and Formats
The days of informational writing just being a report are long gone. Today’s informational writing takes a wide variety of forms and uses a variety of structures and texts to communicate critical information. This webinar will examine common informational text structures and features that help authors organize and present information, including examples of mentor texts. Additionally, a variety of formats informational writing can take at the elementary level will be shared.

Session 2: Drawing on Sources and Developing Ideas
The Common Core State Standards encourage elementary writers to seek out information from sources and use that information to develop informational pieces of writing. This webinar will explore instructional strategies to help students utilize a variety of sources to develop central ideas. Additionally, the webinar will examine methods for developing the content of informational pieces with effective leads, supporting details and strong conclusions.