Heinemann Professional Development Workshops: Content-Area Literacy: Comprehension, Collaboration, and Inquiry

By: Boynton/cook  09-12-2011
Keywords: Writing, reading and writing

This practical, hands-on workshop answers questions raised by concerned teachers across the country: How can I make sure my students understand, remember, and apply the content they read in social studies, science, and language arts? How can I help them to handle increasingly complex text through the year, as the new standards require? And even more, how can I stir kids' curiosity, so that they engage deeply in big ideas, build knowledge through their schooling, and ultimately, act wisely as citizens?

Drawing on his three recent books, Subjects Matter: Every Teacher's Guide to Content-Area Reading; Content Area Writing; and Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action, Harvey "Smokey" Daniels will show how kids can think better around challenging nonfiction and fiction texts, and how they can use writing as a tool for learning in all classrooms. After reviewing the cognitive strategies used by proficient readers, writers, and inquirers, Smokey will engage participants in a variety of reading and writing demonstrations and mini-lessons that are adaptable across grade levels and subject areas.

Smokey will show how to organize productive small-group reading and writing activities that replace more passive large group discussions and end of the chapter quizzes with productive, accountable talk. The workshop will also review the typical array of school reading assignments, showing how to extend students' range, supplementing textbooks with real-world nonfiction text from print and internet sources. Finally, Smokey will demonstrate a new structure called "inquiry circles" that organizes small teams of students into curricular investigations that build deep understanding, ensure differentiation, and tap students' energy and curiosity.

Program Highlights:

  • three keys to growing proficient, lifelong readers and learners
  • how smart readers think-and how skilled writers compose
  • mini-lessons that support students before, during, and after reading and writing
  • scaffolding students up a stairway of increasingly complex text
  • writing as a tool of reading comprehension and discussion
  • broadening students' reading diets
  • how to use a textbook more effectively-and less often
  • broadening students' reading diets, and building text sets of engaging material
  • explicitly teaching the social skills of small group discussion
  • supporting struggling readers and language learners
  • formative and summative assessments of kids' growth as readers, writers, thinkers, and collaborators

Who should attend?

Classroom teachers in grades K–12th grade; principals and assistant principals; department chairs or team leaders; curriculum specialists; literacy or instructional coaches; reading specialists; special educators; parent leaders. Time: 8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M.


The cost of this workshop is $219.00 per person. If you register 3 or more participants at the same time the cost is $209.00 per person.

Early Bird Rates Available! If you register by September 14, 2011 you will qualify for a discounted rate of $199.00 per person or $189.00 per person when registering 3 or more people at the same time.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: reading and writing, Writing

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