Oct. 7: Reading, Writing, and the Common Core: Recipes for Action (NJPSA/FEA in Monroe Twp., NJ, 9am-3pm, $149)
“Join this noted author of Literacy and the Common Core (Jossey-Bass, 2014) and The Literacy Cookbook (Jossey-Bass, 2012) to review her strategies for effective reading and writing aligned to the Common Core. Participants will identify and practice six specific argument-and-evidence steps that effective writers use with the goal of learning how students can write an effective question-driven paper from scratch. There will also be a focus on close reading skills and the need to teach students to ask questions about the text. Participants will engage in a lesson using the Question-Inference-Evidence and Explanation Organizer and practice implementing it.”
Oct. 13: Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Event Featuring Sarah Tantillo: Transforming Common Core Standards Into RPM Units, Lessons and Objectives (Freehold, NJ B&N, 5:00-6:30pm, FREE)
How can we write curriculum units and lessons that help our students meet and exceed the Common Core Standards? In this workshop, participants will analyze the Reading Standards for Informational Text and learn a process for unpacking the Common Core Standards that enables teachers to design RPM (Rigorous, Purposeful, Measurable) units, lessons, and objectives. Participants will practice this approach and take away practical ideas, handouts, and strategies that they can use immediately to accelerate student learning.
Note: This event is eligible for Continuing Education Credits. Pre-registration is recommended via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct. 22: 2015 FEA/NJPSA/NJASCD Fall Conference: “Our Students Are Struggling: Now What?” (Long Branch, NJ, 10:45am-12:15pm, click HERE to register for the conference)
This session will answer the following questions in order to strengthen instruction and improve student achievement:
- What data do you have?
- What should you do if the data you have is not aligned to the Common Core?
- Once you have Common Core proficiency data, what should you do?
- How and why should we unpack the Common Core?
- Once we’ve unpacked the Common Core, what should we do?
- What will this process probably cause us to do?
Oct. 26: 2015 Illinois Charter Schools Conference: “Don’t Be Scared: Common Core Standards Can Help Struggling Students” (Chicago, IL, click HERE to register for the conference)
This interactive session demonstrates how to use data, the Common Core Standards, PARCC practice test items, and other helpful resources to bridge literacy gaps. Participants will walk away with a systematic approach that they can implement immediately to help address the needs of the many students who are behind grade-level in reading.
NOTE: For more information on my consulting work, please click HERE. If you cannot make any of these events but would like to bring me to your school, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com