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New Frontiers in Reading and Writing Institute: Hosted in Partnership with Heinemann Publishing

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Date: Monday, July 15, 2024 - Thursday, July 18, 2024

Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM ET

Location: Heinemann’s Headquarters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Grades: K-8 teachers, coaches, and administrators

Cost: $1000

The world is changing quickly, and our organization has been keeping pace with those changes. This small, intensive, in-person institute is designed for educators who have studied with us often, who are familiar with Units of Study, and who would like to continue to be part of ground-breaking research and innovation.

The hub of the institute will be housed at Heinemann’s beautiful facility, with many sessions also held at the nearby music halls, restaurants and even beaches so that you can experience the best of this picturesque coastal gem. These sessions will bring together people with deep roots in literacy – from keynote speakers and expert session leaders to members of our partner organization, Heinemann, and the RWP at Mossflower team.

Each day will open with a keynote, followed by fast-paced and hands-on small-group morning and afternoon sections that will investigate advanced topics. Days will end with participant-led support groups or think tanks. We’ll have lunch together each day, providing colleagues who share similar roles or face similar challenges in schools with opportunities to engage in less formal conversation, and we’ll organize after-hours hikes, tours, picnics, bar hops, and the like. Blocks of rooms have been set aside at convenient hotels for a discounted rate.

 Large group topics include: 

  • Living, Learning, and Teaching in a World Filled with Turmoil 

  • AI: Embracing the Possibilities and Navigating the Potential Pitfalls 

  • Important New Thinking About Responsive Small Group Instruction

  • Assessments: Proceeding with Caution and Knowledge to Avoid Powerfully Bad and Embrace Powerfully Good Assessments

  • Integrating Knowledge-Building Research Across the Curriculum as a Way to Strengthen Comprehension and Build Vocabulary

 Morning small group topics include:

  • Weaving a Lively Grammar Curriculum into Your Writing Workshop, Grades 2-6

  • Read Aloud, Text Sets, and Book Clubs that Support the Hard Parts of Nonfiction Reading Comprehension, Grades K-2, 3-8 

  • Tapping the Full Power of Decodable Texts and Decoding Assessments, Grades K-3 

  • Learning Targets and Cross-Grade Study Groups: Teaching the Units of Study with Accountability, Grades K-5

  • Teaching Kids to Note-Take and Write Across the Curriculum, Grades 3-8

  • Bringing Best Practices for Student-Centered Coaching to Your School, Pre-K-8

Afternoon small group topics include:

  • Becoming Active in Support of Best Practices Teaching: Learn from Leaders in Key States, Grades K-8 

  • Writing for Publication, Grades K-8

  • AI - Exploring its Problems and Possibilities, Grades K-3 or 4-8 

  • Strengthening Your Read Aloud to Support Knowledge Generation and Reading Skills, Grades K-5

  • Writing Decodable Texts (and Using Them to Teach), Grades K-5

  • What Literacy Coaches and School Leaders Should Know About the New Writing Units of Study, Grades K-5

  • When Upper-Grade Kids Are Reading Far Below Benchmark: How Might Decodable Texts Play a Role? Grades 2-6

  • Writing Across the Curriculum - Learn From RWP’s Newest Thinking, Grades 3-8

Afternoon think tank topics include:

  • Ensuring Access for All Students, Including Our Earliest Writers, Students with IEPs, and MLLs 

  • Addressing Challenges and Concerns from Colleagues and Parents about the Teaching of Reading 

  • Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Our Schools

  • Screeners: What They Are and How to Use Them Effectively?

  • Bringing More Play into Classrooms and PD

  • How Not to Teach Alone: Creating Communities of Practice, Virtually and in Person

  • District and School Leadership During These Tumultuous Times 

The offerings suggested above can be modified based upon your interests, and sessions are sure to fill due to limited capacity. We suggest applying early for this institute.

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