- You must obtain prior approval to attend conferences and workshops. Please download the Conference Request Form, complete, and submit to your principal at least two weeks prior to the event.
- Upon your return from a workshop, submit your Employee Expense form to request reimbursements.
- Conferences with expenses over $1000 will need Board approval.
- Not all workshops will be approved for Flex hours. Any professional development for which a teacher is compensated or for which a teacher will use for payscale movement cannot also be used for Flex.
Online courses facilitated by Mr. Chris Simmons are available including Canvas Basics, Google Tools for Teachers, Introduction to Chromebooks, and Blended Learning - Flipped Lesson.
Foundations of Reading: Phonemic Awareness to Advanced Levels
September 25, 2019 - PaTTAN Harrisburg - 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
October 7, 2019 - PaTTAN East - 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
This training will focus on the research evidence related to phonemic awareness to advanced levels for primary students in grades Kindergarten through Second Grade. Participants will be instructed in how to successfully implement direct, explicit, and systematic phonemic awareness instruction into daily classroom practice. Specifically, instructional practices shared will support students’ consistent engagement with manipulating sounds at the word, syllable, onset-rime, and phoneme level. Assessments related to phonemic awareness will also be offered. Register at https://www.pattan.net/events/ .
Foundations of Reading: Sound Walls
October 9, 2019 – PaTTAN Harrisburg -8:30 AM – 11:45 AM
February 18, 2020 – PaTTAN East - 8:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Beginning readers need to learn that letters represent the speech sounds of our language. One instructional tool to facilitate this understanding is a sound wall. A sound wall organizes words by place and manner of articulation of speech sounds. Organizing words by speech sounds helps early readers connect phonology and orthography. This training provides the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to move from a word wall to a sound wall, grounding the learning in a seminal theoretical framework. Register at https://www.pattan.net/events/ .
Foundations of Reading: Phonics
October 21, 2019 – PaTTAN East - 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
November 18, 2019 – PaTTAN Harrisburg - 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
This training will focus on the research evidence related to phonics instruction for primary students in grades Kindergarten through Second Grade. Participants will be instructed in how to successfully implement direct, explicit, and systematic phonics instruction into daily classroom practice. Specifically, instructional practices shared will support students’ consistent engagement with systematically teaching the sound-symbol structure of English orthography. Assessments related to phonics will also be offered. Register at https://www.pattan.net/events/ .
Foundations of Reading: Decodable Text
December 12, 2019 – PaTTAN Harrisburg - 8:30 AM – 11:45 AM
April 15, 2020 – PaTTAN East - 8:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Due to the persistent obstacles for children just learning to read and those who are at-risk for reading failure, it is imperative that teachers select the most appropriate text tools for instruction. This training provides practitioners with necessary foundational knowledge in text type selection for instructional impact. Register at https://www.pattan.net/events/ .
Foundations of Reading: Vocabulary
January 07, 2020 - PaTTAN East - 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
January 08, 2020 - PaTTAN Harrisburg - 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
This training will focus on the research evidence related to vocabulary instruction for primary students in grades Kindergarten through Second Grade. Participants will be instructed in how to successfully implement explicit vocabulary instructional routines, use the WIDA Can Do Descriptors to plan instruction for diverse learners, embed indirect vocabulary instruction in daily oral language. Other multi-sensory techniques will be shared such as word matrices (morphology work) and sentence elaboration. Ways to assess vocabulary will also be shared. Register at https://www.pattan.net/events/ .
Foundations of Reading: Language Comprehension
February 12, 2020 - PaTTAN Harrisburg - 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
February 13, 2020 - PaTTAN East - 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
This training is anchored in the theoretical model of Hollis Scarborough’s Reading Rope, specifically related to the language comprehension strands of the reading rope. Components of this training will include: background knowledge, vocabulary, language structures, verbal reasoning, and literacy knowledge. Classroom application of the components will include: a case study, instructional routines, videos of practice, graphic organizers, anagram activities, word sums/matrixes, functional language systems by ear, eye, mouth, and hand. Register at https://www.pattan.net/events/ .
The One Doing the Talking is the One Doing the Learning: Purposeful Collaborative Talk
Blended - Online in Sept./Oct; Face-to-face at BCIU on 10/24/19
We will address the following essential question: How can student talk be used to improve learning? Objectives include:
- differentiate purposeful talk from talk which is not purposeful
- articulate the importance of collaborative conversations
- capitalize upon purposeful talk to enhance content area learning for all students
- apply understanding of purposeful talk in academic conversations through an experiential approach
- plan for purposeful talk in the classroom
Register at BCIU.
Qualities of Powerful Information Writing Institute: Grades K-8
Sunday, October 6 - Tuesday, October 8, 2019, Teachers College
This year’s institute will focus on information writing broadly defined. That is, the institute will help you teach students to write all-about books, brochures, research reports, lab reports, feature articles, websites, nonfiction books--and it will teach YOU how to talk and think with power and precision about the qualities of strong information writing. Click here to learn more.
Toolkits to Support Reading Comprehension Institute: Grades K-8
Sunday, October 13 - Tuesday, October 15, 2019, Teachers College
This institute is about helping you and your readers feel more prepared and more powerful. We define reading toolkits broadly to include the charts, mentor jots, micro-progressions, practice texts, and other tools that make your teaching more concrete, specific, and more responsive to each students’ needs. Click here to learn more.
Lifting the Level of Student Writing through Goals and Feedback Institute: Grades K-8
Thursday, October 24 - Saturday, October 26, 2019, Teachers College
This institute will help you create environments in which kids will take the brave risk of putting themselves on the page by giving crystal clear and ambitious feedback. You’ll leave ready to lead more efficient and powerful small groups, leaning on mentor texts and learning progressions as tools. Click here to learn more.
KSRA Annual Conference
October 30-November 1, 2019 (Hershey, PA)
Please join us as we learn and network to motivate our readers so they are motivated to become leaders. We are working hard to present sessions that will provide you with new strategies to use in your classroom the day you return to your districts. We are excited to have speakers like Anita Archer, the Salingers, and Lynne Dorfman, and we continue to work on a great lineup that will focus on topics and strategies to help motivate our readers. We also continue to invite wonderful authors who will inspire you during special events. Click here to register.