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Democratizing the DBQ

Nationally, teachers and students are using The DBQ Project methods and materials starting in the 4th grade and sometimes even younger. The DBQ Project promotes reading and writing about complex texts in social studies but our goal is to make these rigorous skills engaging and worthwhile.

  1. All students need to learn how to think
  2. Learning to think requires practice
  3. Thinking is hard work
  4. Thinking is clarified by writing
  5. Thinking is for everyone

This hands-on introductory workshop on June 25 at EducationPlus will show you how to structure the DBQ for young and inexperienced readers and writers. Learn how you can integrate literacy strategies into social studies content areas to ensure that students learn to grapple with historical questions as they learn to read, write, and think. This workshop is open to anyone but it will particularly focus on helping teachers reach young or reluctant learners.

Presenter: Beth Montgomery is Co-Director of Professional Development and Partnerships for The DBQ Project. Beth has extensive experience working with educators on closing the achievement gap, technology integration, and reading and writing in the history classroom.

Implementing the English Language Arts Strands When You’re Not a Reading Teacher

CSD Sharon Faber WorkshopToday’s professional development session provides 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 schools meet the Common Core State Standards’ requirements. Presenter Dr. Sharon Faber has written extensively in the areas of literacy and leadership at the middle and high school levels. She’ll be at CSD tomorrow as well, discussing How to Teach Writing in Any Content.

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.

New Workshops include Beating the Odds for All Students: Making the Playing Field Equal

Cooperating School Districts’ Learning Division provides support to K-12 schools and staff by leading or hosting professional development sessions that are of interest to many educators.

Dr. Sharon Faber, president of Faber Consulting, is an internationally recognized speaker with over 30 years of experience as an educator. Her roles include being a teacher, building and central office administrator, university professor, and staff development trainer during the course of her career. Dr. Faber has taught almost every grade level, and she has been an English and Reading Supervisor, Director of Leadership Training, and Middle School Facilitator. She was a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Belmont Abbey College. With that experience, Dr. 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). Dr. Faber comes to St. Louis for several teacher workshops in October and November:

  • Beating the Odds for All Students: Making the Playing Field Equal, 10/17: Participants will examine preconceptions students from poverty have toward education and school as well as the differences between student and teacher expectations of school.
  • How to Teach Academic Vocabulary So Kids Can Remember, 10/18: Learn what the research tells us is the best way to teach academic vocabulary to your students so they will retain what they know in long-term memory.
  • How to Teach Writing When You’re Not a Writing Teacher, 11/5: Learn practical writing strategies that can be used with students in any content area to help them retain what they learn.

Detailed information on online registration, costs and locations can be found at www.csd.org/pd_programs; look up programs either by date or name. For questions, contact Tiffiny Creech.

Fun (& Learning!) with Bill Dallas Lewis

Bill Dallas Lewis‘ videoconference has been described by one educator as “a great reinforcement to the writing process as well as an excellent introduction to the students on how to integrate the computer with their daily writing and illustrating.” Sounds like a great mix of communications/language arts curriculum and technology integration, doesn’t it? Her class connected to Bill’s one hour videoconference entitled: “Program #1: Reading, Writing and Computer Graphics Fun with Bill Dallas Lewis.”

If you are interested in signing your class up for an interactive, international (Bill lives in Mexico!) distance learning experience, contact CSD. Visit here for more details on what Bill offers over videoconference. Bill has opted to keep his prices the same as last year’s, so your class can connect to him for as little as $150. Before each scheduled videoconference, Bill talks with participating teachers to personalize the content. He works with students in second through twelfth grade (but requests no more than 30 students per connecting group), and does teacher professional development… We’re thrilled here at Cooperating School Districts to continue working with Bill!