Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fall into Professional Learning

Now that the new school year is in swing, I wanted to point out a few opportunities for educators to increase their professional knowledge.

 On Saturday, October 18th, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is hosting its 87th biannual Reunion Weekend. If you are unaware of what this entails, it is a day jam packed with over 125 FREE K-8 professional development workshops. The lineup and schedule of presenters typically is released a few days prior to the 18th, however this day never ceases to disappoint. Senior Project staff, including Lucy Calkins and TCRWP staff developers will all present on this day on a plethora of topics, such as:

"argument writing, embedding historical fiction in nonfiction text sets, opinion writing for very young writers, managing workshop instruction, aligning instruction to the CCSS, using performance assessments and curriculum maps to ratchet up the level of teaching, state-of-the-art test prep, phonics, guided reading and more.”
Additionally, this year the key speaker will be David Booth, profession Emeritus in Education at the University of Toronto and author of such professional books such as, Reading Doesn’t Matter Anymore, The Literacy Principle, Guiding the Reading Process, and Even Hockey Players Read.

If you have never experienced a TC Reunion weekend, it is important to check the website leading up to the 18th for the lineup of PDs, a map of where they the different speakers will be throughout Columbia University. Additionally, a pair of sneakers is recommended as it is important to hustle between sessions in order to find a seat.
(Teaser: This is a biannual event - the spring reunion will be held on Saturday, March 28th and will feature key note speaker Patricia Polacco!!)

At the end of October, the Massachusetts Department of Education Office of Curriculum & Instruction will be hosting its annual C&I Curriculum Summit:  Initiative Integration: Putting the Pieces Together. This is an opportunity for district and school leaders to

“continue making strides implementing major statewide initiatives to enhance the achievement of our students: educator evaluation, implementation of the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, the transition to next generation assessments, and RETELL.”

The goal is this two day summit is to provider leaders in education with the tools and knowledge to continue to strengthen their knowledge of implementation of different initiatives, while gaining a broader understanding of how they integrate with each other.

This summit is held on Monday, October 27th and repeated on Tuesday, October 28th in order to reach as many potential school and district leaders as possible. Information and Registration information can be found at:

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