The next free professional development workshop sponsored by the Roosevelt University Balanced Literacy Grant Initiative is as follows:
Save-the-Date: Saturday, March 21st, 9:00-12:00 p.m.
Where: The Wabash Building (room TBA) of Roosevelt University
Topic: Thematic Units of Study and Formative Assessment in the Balanced Literacy Classroom.
This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to see exemplar thematic units with built in formative assessment practices. Of course, the CCSS instructional shifts will be an important component of the units as well. This session will also allow teachers to plan thematic units and engage with other teachers from this grant. The goal is for teachers and school leaders to leave with ideas about how grade-wide or school-wide thematic units can be implemented with seamless formative assessment practices using the (110 minutes of literacy) tenets of balanced literacy (read-alouds, guided reading, centers, language walls and independent reading and writing).
Participants in this grant project will provide an update with examples of how the formative assessment tablets for students and parents are being utilized across the schools. This will be an informal 5 minute presentation from each partner school.
The workshop is free, and reservations are not required. Contact Margaret Policastro, Professor of Language and Literacy, for more information, at mpolicas@roosevelt. edu.