Expeditionary Learning Curriculum Professional Development

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NYC Seminar and Conference Center

71 West 23rd Street

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Expeditionary Learning Curriculum Professional Development

March 18-21, 2014

There will be three Expeditionary Learning sessions in March, which will cover different content. March 18 will focus on “Going Deeper with Writing,” March 19–20 will focus on “Supporting Learning through Academic Conversations,” and March 21 will repeat the January 23 “Leading Change” session for administrators and coaches.

After reading the descriptions below, please register for one, two, or all of the sessions.

March 18: Going Deeper with Writing

Participants should bring copies of student work from Unit 3 of one of the modules. We will look at student work to inform our thinking about criteria, and to set a foundation for differentiating and/or adapting future writing lessons. Participants will also learn a protocol for determining whether adaptations are Common Core-aligned.

March 19-20: Supporting Learning through Academic Conversations

Speaking and listening are at the root of all literacy, and are especially essential for English language learners and students with emergent literacy skills. The modules are intentionally rich with oral literacy and small group work. These sessions will go deeper into how to support a culture of oral literacy in the classroom, learning about specific protocols and their uses, supporting vocabulary and language learning, and managing transitions and accountability issues. We will also explore the use of protocols to make professional conversations even more purposeful.

March 21: Leading Change (for Administrators and Coaches)

This session is designed for principals, instructional coaches, and others who support school-wide implementation of the grades 3-8 Expeditionary Learning ELA modules.

Participants will leave with:

  • Constructive, right-on-time ideas to support implementation of the ELA modules,
  • Concrete look-fors in lesson observations, and
  • Effective responses to challenges surrounding pacing, differentiation, and time for planning.

The session assumes familiarity with the basic structure of the ELA modules. Topics will include: supporting systemic implementation; answering frequently asked questions around common road blocks; supports for observations and feedback; differentiation; and pacing. There will be time for collegial sharing and collaboration.


Timing: All workshops will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. Please arrive by 8:15 a.m. so we can begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Location: NYC Seminar and Conference Center, 71 West 23rd Street, New York, NY

Food: We are unable to provide food for this workshop. You will have an hour-long break for lunch during the day. Please plan accordingly.

Registration: Registration will close March 3. Please speak to your principal before registering for this session. Each participant needs to register individually.

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