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Common Core State Standards, Literacy & Writing Workshops this March

pd at csdCCSS and Literacy: Implementing the English Language Arts Strands When You’re Not a Reading Teacher takes place March 26, 2013 at CSD. We’re standards based, and it’s hard to teach students all the same standards when you have kids reading on so many levels in the same classroom. While many teachers were not trained to teach reading in their content, they get students who are struggling readers or even non-readers in their classes. This session will provide specific and practical activities and strategies that can be used by teachers in all grades and subject areas to assist students with their comprehension and vocabulary skills as we meet the CCSS requirements. Presenter Dr. Sharon Faber has written extensively in the areas of literacy and leadership at the middle and high school levels including the best sellers, How to Teach Reading When You Are Not a Reading Teacher (2006) and How to Teach Academic Vocabulary (2010). She will also be at CSD March 27 for CCSS and Writing: How to Teach Writing in Any Content. This session will focus on the best ways to teach writing from 4th-12th grades without being a writing expert or having to spend hours grading papers. Come learn some practical writing strategies that can be used with students to help them cite evidence to justify statements rather than rely on opinions or personal feelings.

Visit csd.org/pd_programs for registration, fees, and times for these all day workshops.

From Page to Stage: HEC-TV Live! Presents The Giver

Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Times: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central Time

Grade Levels:  5-10


The Giver: From Page to Stage,” this free, interactive videoconference will give your students a chance to talk in depth with the director, designers, actors, and technical staff from Metro Theater Company on how they are translating the world of Lois Lowry’s novel to the stage for their upcoming production at Edison Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri. Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal winning novel The Giver continues to be read and loved by thousands of young people each year.

In this final of a series of four HEC-TV Live! programs focusing on the novel (image above is from the third in the series- click it to watch!), students will have the unique opportunity to join us live from the stage of the Edison Theatre on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis where Eric Coble’s adaptation is being staged.  See the set. View a scene from the production.  How do you adapt the timeless story of The Giver to be “seen by an audience” rather than “imagined by a reader?”  How do you take a world without color and music from the page to the stage?  Meet director Carol North and members of the design team to discuss how the show came to life from the first phase of design to the final phase of implementation.  View the lights, the costumes, and the scenery.  Ask your questions of actors about how they formulated and performed their character.  How would you choose to illustrate the themes of the story through a stage design and directorial point of view?  Compare your ideas to those of the Metro Theater Company and Edison Theatre staff staging this new production.

You may enroll by contacting live@hectv.org or calling 314-531-4455. Once enrolled, teachers will receive the program’s preparatory and evaluation materials. Please register by December 22, 2010: provide your school name, teacher name, tech contact name, email, phone and IP address.

NEW CLASS: Tracking Student Learning with VoiceThread

Tracking Student Learning with VoiceThread
Date: June 17 from  8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $138 CSD member; $214 non-member  (One Graduate Credit Available)
Location: Cooperating School Districts, 1460 Craig Rd
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A VoiceThread is a free, online, collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to leave comments in 4 ways – using voice, text, audio file, or video.  VoiceThread can be used for assessment, foreign language, field trips, art, language arts, social studies, math and science.  In the VoiceThread environment, students and teachers can safely share their voices on the global stage.  In this class, participants will create a project using photos and audio commenting using VoiceThread to document student learning across several content areas.  Learn how this multi-media free resource can be used in your classroom!