This year's Spring Conference will offer two separate areas of focus.
Reading Writing Project
Teaching Writing as a Transformative Force & Raising the Level of Close Reading
- Improve demonstration methods and ability to write demonstration texts
- Study the latest research on increasing engagement and analytical reading
- Leave with an assessment toolkit that will change your perception of writing
Collaborating for Inclusion: Transforming the Conversation
- Examine collaboration & inclusion through academic language
- Establish norms and structures to support inclusion
- Leave with tools to deepen co-teaching relationships
Jon Nordmeyer - ESL/ELL Specialist
Jon Nordmeyer is an ESL/ELL specialist with an MA in TESOL and is the International Programs Director at WIDA, a research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been an international educator and consultant for 25 years, teaching at international schools in Quito, The Hague, Taipei, Istanbul, Shanghai and Bangkok. Jon believes English language learners are often associated with their limitations rather than their potential. How can we transform the conversation from focusing on what ELLs can’t do, to building on what they can do? This requires a shift from viewing multilingualism as a problem, to multilingualism as a right, and eventually as a valuable resource for any classroom.
Dr. Mary Ehrenworth - Teachers’ College Reading Writing Project and Common Core Expert
Dr. Mary Ehrenworth is Deputy Director of the Reading and Writing Project, a not-for-profit think tank at Columbia University. Mary has taught writing around the globe, in one-room classrooms with no water or electricity, and classrooms filled with digital technology. Mary will share a vision of how to focus your teaching of writing so that you turn writing into a transformative force, and ensure that each and every student becomes powerful at narrative, information, and argument writing. Mary will also help you make your teaching of writing more streamlined and efficient, so that
you spend less time planning, and have more time to talk to kids about their writing. You’ll have a chance to work on a toolkit for conferring, so that you are more prepared for conferences and small groups.