Secondary Literacy Summer Symposium - Aug 16 - Day 2
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SECONDARY LITERACY SYMPOSIUM - Breakouts - Aug 16, 2017
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AM
9:00 - 11:45
Thinking & Reading
Leyton Schnellert, UBC
Non-Fiction Reading Strategies
Charlotte Kirchner, GSACRD
Infusing Technology with Literacy Instruction
Cheryl Gascoyne and Kim Wedman, Wolf Creek Schools
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We want metacognitive, self-regulating learners who interpret tasks, set goals, make plans, select, adapt and create strategies and reflect on and adjust their “moves” as they interpret, create and work across texts. To nurture these capacities teachers and students need to work together to generate literacy practices and build formative assessment practices in tasks and assignments. Session attendees will examine and discuss examples of strategies to scaffold literacy learning in the content areas and individual goal-setting activities, student generated criteria, and inquiry inquiry-based approaches as they pertain to content-area reading.This interactive session will feature hands-on tasks, strategies, collaborative conversations and online resources that can support secondary students with increasing reading demands. We will discuss how to help students make sense of what they read, enhance their vocabulary, help them to decode word problems, read informational texts, and use graphic organizers to guide their thinking. We will also look at ways to structure our classes for meaningful social interaction in order to master concepts, deepen understanding, learn from peers and think critically about key ideas.

Ever wonder how to effectively leverage literacy and technology into your daily instruction? Neither of these should be an add-on; but rather a natural means to support your content area. With so many strategies, technology tools, apps and extensions at your fingertips how do you know where to begin? This session will frame high yield tech tools to infuse in your literacy instruction allowing you to maximize students’ access to curriculum and allow for surface, deep, and transfer learning skills in all content areas. Come prepared to engage in deep instructional conversation about learning and take tools home with you for the start of the new school year.
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Leyton Schnellert is a community-based researcher who leads collaborative inquiry teams throughout British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. Dr Schnellert’s scholarship attends to how teachers and teaching and learners and learning can embrace student diversity, multiple literacies and pedagogical practices that draw from students’ funds of knowledge to build participatory, collaborative, and culturally responsive learning communities. Leyton has presented and published his research in local, provincial, national and international forums and co-authored 6 books for educators including Developing Self-Regulating Learners, Student Diversity, It’s All About Thinking and Pulling Together.Charlotte Kirchner is a Jr. High Learning Support Facilitator in Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional School Division. She brings a wealth of expertise in coaching and working side by side with learners who need additional supports.Cheryl Gascoyne is currently a K-12 Literacy Coordinator with Wolf Creek Public Schools’ Learning Services Team. She has many years of experience as a classroom teacher, intervention specialist, literacy coach & coordinator. Whether working for a school district at large, or within the walls of her own classroom, Cheryl’s main goal is this: to create lifelong readers. Cheryl and her husband live in Lacombe and are just seeing their youngest lifelong reader get ready to leave the nest!

Kim Wedman is the Learning Services Coordinator for Wild Rose School Division. She has taught K-12 and believes strongly in student-centred personalized learning for all. Kim has had many roles as classroom teacher, instructional coach, student support facilitator, division literacy lead, assistive technology facilitator and high school teacher and designer in blended learning that facilitated her passion for integrating technology intentionally into her pedagogy and leading others in strategic planning using technology to enhance classroom practice. Kim lives in Rocky Mountain House with her husband, Greg and two boys, Daniel and Blake.
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PM
12:45 - 3:30
Weaving Comprehension, Response and Analysis Strategies into our Classrooms
Leyton Schnellert, UBC
Talk the Talk: Discussion Skills for Effective Student Centred Collaboration
David Froland, Black Gold
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We want to build classrooms where students engage in and develop their capacity as critical thinkers. Weaving comprehension, response and analysis strategies into our classrooms makes them thinking classrooms. In this session we will explore ways to develop students’ literacy with inquiry within lessons and units that connect assessment and instruction. Links will be made to backward design, universal design for learning, and literature/information circles.Talk the Talk focuses on helping students develop effective academic communication skills. Teachers will be introduced to lessons, activities and resources that will help encourage effective discourse within the classroom.
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Leyton Schnellert is a community-based researcher who leads collaborative inquiry teams throughout British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. Dr Schnellert’s scholarship attends to how teachers and teaching and learners and learning can embrace student diversity, multiple literacies and pedagogical practices that draw from students’ funds of knowledge to build participatory, collaborative, and culturally responsive learning communities. Leyton has presented and published his research in local, provincial, national and international forums and co-authored 6 books for educators including Developing Self-Regulating Learners, Student Diversity, It’s All About Thinking and Pulling Together.David Froland is a teacher from Blackgold Regional Schools who has taught English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Drama. With a belief that students benifit from open and effective discussion in class, David has focused on helping students develop discussion and listening skills that help across grade levels and subjects.
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