Grade Level Learning Sessions: ELA Grades 3-8

  • Supporting Literacy Development Through Speaking and Listening

    Session Duration

    Full Day

    (2 breakout sessions)

    Session Description

    This session examines oral literacy as the foundation for vocabulary development, reading comprehension and written communication and will support teachers in planning productive discourse in their classrooms. Teachers will analyze the research-based relationship between students’ speaking and listening practices and vocabulary development, reading and writing. Teachers will also plan to use protocols and other collaborative classroom structures to develop students’ knowledge along with speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. They will evaluate how all students, including English language learners and students with disabilities, benefit from explicit support with speaking and listening skills. And they will examine the Common Core State Standards related to Speaking and Listening and create criteria for students’ thinking, listening, and talking. Teachers will also work together to develop a criteria as the basis for feedback that helps students continuously improve their work.

    Target Audience

    • Teachers who have executed Module 1.
    • Teachers new to Expeditionary Learning.

    *Please note that for teachers new to EL, they must attend the Quarter 1 Module Study before attending this session.

    Session Facilitators

    EL Education

  • Quarter 1 Module Study

    Session Description

    This session provides an opportunity for teachers, coaches, and instructional leaders to closely examine the text sets, complexity of texts, instructional protocols, and assessments within a particular module at a selected grade level. In addition to building strong content knowledge, this work equips teachers with a deep understanding of how each component of the module—module overview, unit overview, daily lesson plan, assessments—contributes to successful implementation of the Expeditionary Learning curriculum. Teachers will also engage in the annotated planning process to strengthen their planning practices and support their internalization of the lessons.

    Target Audience

    For teachers who require a deeper understanding of the guiding principals of the Quarter 1 Expeditionary Learning Module.

    For teachers who have not executed the Q1 Module with fidelity and/or who require support with effectively planning from the Module Overview to the daily lesson level.

    SY15-16 residents do not need to attend this session as they will receive this training during June 6-8.

    Session Facilitators

    AUSL Coach and Teacher Leader Team

  • Internalizing engageAUSL: Planning Through Annotation

    Session Description

    This session provides an opportunity for teachers, coaches, and leaders to practice a planning process that focuses on deep internalization of the engage lessons. This process will strengthen daily lesson planning while also deepening knowledge of the standards and shifts embedded within the module. Participants will collectively and independently annotate a specific grade's central text as part of the unit planning process. Additionally, participants will annotate a module overview and a series of lessons based on a text first approach - including a qualitative analysis of the central text alongside grade level standards.

    Target Audience

    For teachers who have executed Module 1.

    This is not for teachers who are attending the Quarter 1 Module Study. Annotated lesson planning will also be addressed in that session.

    Session Facilitators

    AUSL Coach and Teacher Leader Team

  • Understanding the Major Texts of the Grade Band

    Session Duration:

    Half Day

    (1 breakout session)

    Session Description

    This session focuses on the central texts of a grade band, highlighting the coherence of the Expeditionary Learning curriculum using examples drawn from across the grades. Through this study, teachers gain a deeper understanding of the qualitative features of text complexity by analyzing multiple texts across grades. Teachers explore the coherent progression and staircase of complexity from text to text and from grade to grade. Teachers walk away equipped with the tools for how to teach the quality features of text complexity from within engage.

    Target Audience

    For all ELA teachers

    Session Facilitators

    AUSL Coach and Teacher Leader Team

  • Helping All Learners Succeed

    Session Duration:

    Full Day

    (2 breakout sessions)

    Session Description

    Gets to the heart of differentiation through analyzing instructional choices to ensure alignment to the Common Core State Standards.

    • Analyze adaptations proposed to lessons to ensure alignment to the Common Core State Standards.
    • Evaluate how implementation of the Common Core State Standards includes responding to the needs of English language learners and students with disabilities.
    • Scaffold tasks to ensure that all students have access to rigor.
    • Plan with an emphasis on meeting the needs of all learners.

    Target Audience

    • Teachers who have executed Module 1.
    • Teachers new to Expeditionary Learning.

    *Please note that for teachers new to EL, they must attend the Quarter 1 Module Study before attending this session.

    Session Facilitators

    EL Education