ADMINISTRATORS: ANNOUNCING FY14 CAPACITY BUILDING PROJECTS

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  Please check back here for updated postings regarding professional learning projects offered to schools for 2013-2014.  

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2013-2014 Professional Learning Projects
  1. Thinking Maps:  Common Language for the Common Core
    • Description:Thinking Maps give teachers an understanding of how to visually represent, or “Map,” the critical thinking embedded in the Common Core State Standards. The Maps provide students with both the scaffolds and structures to support a deeper level of understanding, which will empower them to become college and career ready.
    • Thinking Maps® is a language of eight visual patterns each based on a fundamental thought process. These patterns are used individually and in combination across every grade level and curriculum area as an integrated set of tools for life-long learning. Each Thinking Map is designed to answer guiding questions that are related to a specific thought process. Teaching everyone in your learning community to “ask and answer questions” (one of the elements of the Common Core Standards) is critical to mastering the cognitive demands of the Common Core and State Standards.One of the six criteria for developing Common Core and State Standards was that they should “Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher order skills.” During Thinking Maps training, teachers develop an understanding of how to visually represent, or map, the critical thinking embedded in the Common Core State Standards. Thinking Maps provide students with both the scaffolds and structures to support a deeper level of understanding which will empower them to become college and career ready.
    • Click HERE for more information
  2. Secondary Literacy Strategies for Grades 6-12/Planet Literacy
    • Global competition, increasing literacy demands in the 21st century workplace, and a tightening economy that requires top-notch literacy skills in our graduates: these realities bring literacy to the forefront of Georgia’s classrooms. Embedding literacy skills in all content classrooms is the focus of Planet Literacy, a course designed to model performance-based literacy instruction in all subjects. Developing literacy skills through the content arena strengthens students’ understanding of the content while building critical literacy skills. Moving more of the thinking and “work” to students’ shoulders is a critical component of the course. Creating active, thinking, purposeful readers is actively modeled and emphasized. Participants will depart with a multitude of hands-on reading strategies. Equally important, the concept of getting to the content via performance-based reading strategies will be an enduring understanding. The critical nature of explicit vocabulary instruction is well-researched. Furthermore, it has been well established that students will not get the vocabulary they need by just reading. Multiple exposures throughout a unit are essential.  In a fast-paced, hand-on approach, explicit, daily vocabulary instruction via a deep toolbox of research-based strategies will be highlighted. No glossary definitions will be allowed to enter the building while Planet Literacy is in progress! Understanding that one cannot write without thinking and that writing is a key component of literacy, the crux of our work here will be Writing to Learn strategies. These quick, expressive writes allow students to communicate what they think and understand. A wonderful side effect is the fertile formative data teachers yield from these exercises. Rounding out the Planet Literacy experience will be textbook strategies and planning literacy instruction in the content area.
  3. Secondary Math Strategies Grades 6-12/ Math in the Fast Lane

    1. Click HERE for more information
  4. Co-Teaching Academy

    • General and Special Education teaching teams are invited to participate in a co-teaching academy.  Training will be provided in a blended format to encourage virtual participation and implementation of strategies.  Cohorts will be divided by grade rage (elementary, middle, or high).  Participants will practice new instructional strategies, lesson plan design, and assessment methods to maximize the potential of two instructors together.
  5. Special Education Leadership Academy

    • This professional learning community was established to support new and/or future special education leaders.  Topics include policies/procedures, data management, fiscal management, due process, supervision & monitoring, parent engagement, and student achievement.
  6. Elementary Literacy Strategies Grades 3-5 /Planet Literacy

    Course Description: Hands-on and fast paced, this course is chocked full of literacy strategies that will develop the habits of active readers. These highly engaging strategies are built to deepen comprehension, promote critical thinking and student response to reading. In addition, teachers will practice a plethora of highly engaging research-based vocabulary strategies for all content areas. Participants will leave with:
    • Highly effective strategies ready for implementation the next day
    • Student-centered strategies for connecting to the text
    • Pre-reading strategies that will increase comprehension and student motivation
    • Strategies to assist students in determining importance
    • Strategies to build questioning skills in students
    • Strategies for inferring
    • Visualization strategies
    • Strategies for synthesis
    • Writing strategies
    • Hands-on, engaging vocabulary strategies for every subject
    • A renewed passion for developing literacy across the content
    Intended Audiences:  3-5 teachers, instructional coaches, instructional leaders, special education teachers
  7. Planet Literacy for Science Grades 6-12

Course Description:

This fast-paced, hands- on course can transform the science classroom.  In addition to a focus on implementing the Common Core Literacy Standards, teachers will return with strategies that will move students from passive content readers to highly engaged, critically thinking readers.  No eyes moving over the pages in this session! Teachers will practice student-centered literacy strategies that strengthen student engagement, student connection to text, and written responses to content reading.  In addition, teachers will delve into a multitude of highly engaging, research-based vocabulary strategies.

Participants will leave with:

    • Lesson ideas that integrate multiple Common Core Literacy Standards.
    • An understanding of research-based practices that will deepen content understanding through literacy strategies
    • Highly engaging strategies that will motivate students to read
    • Strategies for meaningful connections to text
    • Student-centered strategies in which students synthesize readings into authentic products
    • A plethora of hands-on vocabulary strategies for next day implementation
    • Writing-to-learn strategies that will engage all learners
    • A new perspective of what highly engaging content literacy can look like
    • Strategies that put more of the literacy “work” on students’ shoulders
    • Effective strategies ready for implantation the next day!
    • A renewed passion for developing highly literate students

Intended Audiences:  6-12 science teachers, special education teachers, literacy coaches, instructional leaders

8.  Secondary Literacy for Social Studies Grades 6-12/Planet Literacy

This fast-paced, hands- on course can transform the social studies classroom.  In addition to a focus on implementing the Common Core Literacy Standards, teachers will return with strategies that will move students from passive content readers to highly engaged, critically thinking readers.  No eyes moving over the pages in this session! Teachers will practice student-centered literacy strategies that strengthen student engagement, student connection to text, and written responses to content reading.  In addition, teachers will delve into a multitude of highly engaging, research-based vocabulary strategies.

Participants will leave with:

    • Lesson ideas that integrate multiple Common Core Literacy Standards.
    • An understanding of research-based practices that will deepen content understanding through literacy strategies
    • Highly engaging strategies that will motivate students to read
    • Strategies for meaningful connections to text
    • Student-centered strategies in which students synthesize readings into authentic products
    • A plethora of hands-on vocabulary strategies for next day implementation
    • Writing-to-learn strategies that will engage all learners
    • A new perspective of what highly engaging content literacy can look like
    • Strategies that put more of the literacy “work” on students’ shoulders
    • Effective strategies ready for implantation the next day!
    • A renewed passion for developing highly literate students

Intended Audiences:  6-12 social studies teachers, special education teachers, literacy coaches, instructional leaders

Questions?  Contact Dr. Charity Roberts at Coastal GLRS  912-877-2088 or

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