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Elementary Reading and Writing Workshops in the Inquiry Classroom with Kathy Collins, Feb 14-15, 2015

ISM is very pleased to host Kathy Collins for this 2-day workshop to support elementary teachers with reading and writing in an inquiry classroom. We hope that you will choose to attend.

Workshop Overview:

For a great many teachers, an underlying tension exists when we strive to be well-planned, yet we also want to infuse our reading and writing workshops with an inquiry-mindset. On one hand, teachers may appreciate the instructional security of pre-imagined units of study to help guide their day-to-day teaching, yet on the other hand, they resist instruction that feels scripted, mandated, and meant for classrooms elsewhere. The challenge is to create conditions within our workshops so that children learn all they need to know to become engaged, strategic readers and writers, while also making room for them to pursue questions, projects, and interests that may arise.

This two-day workshop is designed for teachers who are developing reading and writing workshops in their classrooms but who also want to ensure that children’s experiences as readers and writers are filled with a spirit of inquiry and unforeseen possibilities. With the support of activities, demonstrations, and video, elementary grade teachers will consider these questions:

  1. How do we implement reading and writing workshops characterized by equal parts intention and joy?
  2. What are research-based best practices for effective whole-group, small group, and one-to-one instruction?
  3. How can we fit an inquiry mindset into our reading and writing curricula and balanced literacy components?

These sessions will be full of practical ideas and classroom strategies to help teachers find the sweet spot that exists between being well-planned and being highly responsive, between implementing reading and writing workshops and an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning.

The days will be divided into these portions:

  1. A wide-angled look at a comprehensive literacy approach that issues invitations to all learners
  2. A zoomed-in examination of best practices within workshop teaching
  3. A close-up look at ways to make room in the reading and writing workshop for inquiry-based teaching and learning
  4. A focus on supporting children’s engagement and intention as readers, writers, talkers, and thinkers





ISM Hosts “Translating Brain Research into Effective Language and Literacy Instruction” – EARCOS Weekend Workshop with Dr. Virginia Rojas

ISM is very pleased to be hosting Dr. Virginia Rojas for the EARCOS sponsored weekend workshop on November 9-10, 2013 titled Translating Brain Research into Effective Language and Literacy Instruction. Gini will spend two days with us discussing that while acquiring another language in and of itself makes the brain grow, teachers can also make a difference in the brain development of language learners. The traditional paradigm of language teaching – teach test teach – ignores the hallmarks of brain-based learning. This two-day institute focuses on how language teachers can use research principles to guide how they plan and implement immersion-style, multipath learning experiences – where language learners have opportunities to prime, engage, choose, prepare and rehearse for challenging speaking and writing tasks.  Institute objectives will be accomplished through a variety of learning experiences planned to give participants a sense of developing theory in brain research and language teaching but, more importantly, to give participants immediate applications of strategies to classroom teaching, and reflection on the success of such instruction.

For more information please view the workshop flyer:

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Workshop Handouts

Brain Handout

Writing Guide

European Literacy Coaching Cohort 2013-15

European Literacy Coaching Cohort 2013-15
A CEESA and ECIS Joint Initiative

A knowledgeable, well-trained literacy coach can support the work of principals and curriculum specialists by providing deep and sustainable change in literacy instruction at the classroom level.
The first ECIS/CEESA international training program for literacy coaches started in the fall of 2011. The CEESA group of approximately 25 participants was comprised of teachers from different countries and schools across four regions in the international world. Under the direction of Carrie Ekey, Katherine Casey, and Shannon Stanton, these teachers completed the two-year program at the CEESA Spring Educators Conference in Prague in 2013. The opportunity for in-depth training over time and the chance to network with literary specialists form schools around the world have been especially valuable to the participants.

For more details, kindly click on this link:Lit Coaching flyer 2013-15 (2)


Literacy and Inquiry with Kath Murdoch


We had two great days of inquiry thinking and learning with Kath Murdoch this weekend as well as two additional days with our ES and MS faculties last week. Through it all, we came away with a wealth of practical classroom strategies and thoughtful reading materials to help us all in our pursuit of being inquiring learners. For ISM teachers, please find several resources on the portal here: \\server17\stares$\2011-12 Professional Learning\Professional Learning\Professional Days at ISM\2011-2012\Jan 26-29 – Kath Murdoch

“I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or deescalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.” Dr. Haim Ginott

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AAIE 2012 Summer Institutes

In June of 2012, AAIE and the Office of Overseas Schools will be sponsoring 3 summer institutes for K–12 educators:
Institute I: Translating Brain Research into Effective Language and Literacy Instruction with Virginia Rojas, Ed.D.
Institute II: Early Literacy Intervention Strategies with Karen Burke, Ed.D.
Institute III: Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners with Yvonne Bui, Ph.D.

Registration fees for ISM teachers will be covered by the Office Of Overseas Schools. Please click on the links below to read more about these great learning opportunities and please advise the Professional Learning Office if you are interested in participating.


AAIE Summer Institute Website

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