How are you spending your summer?
Over the last couple of weeks we have had the privilege of spending time with teachers so committed to learning and improving their craft that they spend part of their summer attending regional conferences and optional professional learning provided by their school districts. The energy at these sessions has been contagious, and we are eager to continue to ride this learning high through the ILA conference in Boston on July 8-11. Will you be there? If you see us in the halls or in a session, be sure to say hello or come over and chat about the ways the conference is inspiring you or stretching your thinking.
You could even join us for a full day of learning on Friday, July 8, when we will be hosting an all-day pre-conference institute titled Who’s Doing the Work? Teaching for Transfer Across Read-Aloud, Shared Reading, Guided Reading and Independent Reading. We are super excited about this day! We will be joined by educators from all across the United States–Justin Dolcimascolo, JoAnne Duncan, Gravity Goldberg, JulieAnne Harmatz, Kathryn Hoffman-Thompson, Susie Rolander, and Kari Yates–who have collaborated with us to create a dynamite agenda! The morning will begin with a whole group session chock-full of simple suggestions and ideas for adjusting instruction so that students do more of the work and consequently, learn more. After this whole-group presentation, we will offer three breakout sessions that explore each instructional context across the gradual release of responsibility (read aloud, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading). After lunch, Gravity Goldberg will talk with the whole group about helping students reflect on their learning through powerful feedback. Following a short break, there will be additional breakout sessions on topics such as student empowerment and reading interventions. The day will end with a short conversation about the importance of tripwires and a Q and A forum with all of the day’s presenters. In addition to being thought provoking, this day is going to be fun, fun, FUN!
If you’re unable to join us for our pre-conference institute, we hope that you’ll stop by the Stenhouse booth (#1912) on Saturday, July 9th, where we will be signing copies of Who’s Doing the Work? and Reading Wellness from 11:30-12:00. We can’t wait to meet you and talk with you!