This virtual study circle on the topic of writing will begin on February 26. It is specifically designed for teachers and tutors who are interested in the topic.
The study circle is free; however, LINCS asks that only those who are committed to attending all three sessions and completing the between-session activities sign up. Certificates for six hours of credit will be given upon successful completion of the study circle activities.
Study Circle on Writing
This three part study circle will give participants an active role in delving into, making sense of, and using the research on writing as reported by the National Academies of Science in their publication Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Developing Reading and Writing, http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13468 .
Participants will be engaged in reading and discussion, and will implement a new writing activity in their classroom. There will be readings to be completed between each of the sessions. Participants will interact via webinars and an online discussion forum.
The webinars will be held the following dates and times:
- Session 1: February 26, 2015, from 3:00–4:30 PM Eastern
- Session 2: March 5, 2015, from 3:00–4:30 PM Eastern
- Session 3: March 12, 2015, from 3:00–4:30 PM Eastern
The study circle is free. Certificates for six hours of credit will be given upon successful completion of the study circle activities—attendance at all three sessions and posting of an action plan. Registration is limited to 30 participants.
To register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/study-circle-on-writing-registration-15553176971
Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar meeting.
In preparation for the first session:
- Download Understanding and Using the Writing Section of the National Academy’s Report Improving Adult Literacy Instruction: Developing Reading and Writing, http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13468
- Read introduction and How Literacy Develops (pg. 1-5) using the Knew/New/Q strategy http://literacy.kent.edu/eureka/strategies/new_knew_q09.pdf
o As you read pg. 4 and 5, think about and be prepared to discuss how your practice reflects this research and begin thinking about what you can do to fill any gaps.
- Read TEAL Fact Sheet # 5 “Differentiated Instruction” https://teal.ed.gov/resources .
- Explore the TEAL site https://teal.ed.gov/
- Send LINCS Community Member Name (not Password) to Kaye Beall, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not a member of the LINCS Community, go to https://community.lincs.ed.gov/ to register.
- Once you’ve received confirmation that you are in the Study Circle on Writing 2015 group in the LINCS Community, post:
o A brief introduction of yourself.
o What is your short term goal for participating in the study circle? Your long term goal?
o For TEAL Fact Sheet #5 – Are you differentiating instruction in your classroom now? If not, what supports would you need? If yes, what are your successes and challenges?
See attachment for additional information. Contact Kaye Beall, email@example.com, with questions.