Monthly Archives: November 2015

Digital Literacy Webinar on December 3

Hello Everyone,

I was informed of an upcoming webinar on digital literacy and wanted to share this opportunity with all of you. Please view the details below and click on the link to learn more.

Digital Literacy: The New Urgency
From Online Assessments to Digital Citizenship, Creating a Continuum of Instruction
Presented by Mary Knight, Director of Technology, Flagstaff Unified School District, Flagstaff, Arizona.
Thursday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time

Click here to learn more and register for free.

Happy Almost Thanksgiving – A Literacy Extension for Students

We hope in this inhale of holiday experiences that you take a moment to enjoy this video.  The video is by Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s Morning Edition. He is encouraging students to tape interviews for a social studies project called the Great Thanksgiving Listen. At the end, it seems that Steve Inskeep has taken Cognitive CoachingSM and  understands the elements of “Academic Conversations”.  Wouldn’t it be great if all students internalized these 5 tips for great interviews?


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Digital Literacies in the Classroom

This is a reminder for the digital literacies group to complete the personal exploration task detailed below, but it is also an update that can be accessed by all LCN members. Here is the link to our learning guide for details on our group. Please contact Andrew or myself with any questions or thoughts.

The digital literacies group is working to better understand the changing nature of literacy and how to increase knowledge and skill in this area to better support our students. The first chapter of our book, Understanding Digital Literaciesprovides a good overview of what digital literacies are, and we elaborated on the content during our first LCN session.

The group participants were tasked with this:

    • In the coming months,observe and take note of the digital literacies of your students as they partake in tech-related activities.
    • By the end of November, post a blog entry that addresses the following:
      • What types of digital activities you have observed or participated in with your students.
      • What are some areas in which they need more support in order to improve their digital effectiveness in school and beyond?

Have fun, enjoy Donalyn Miller, and see you in January.

Inspiring Thinking and Learning: Creating Literacy Rich Classrooms

There is still time to register for an opportunity to be inspired and to grow learning around creating literacy rich classrooms.  Please share opportunity this with your building/grade level staff.

We know that getting students excited about reading and developing lifelong reading habits prepares them for understanding demanding academic texts. Next week Monday, November 16th at Thousand Oaks(Literacy Network Membership and invitation only) and Tuesday, November 17 at Kent ISD, Donalyn Miller will inspire and offer solid advice and strategies on how to develop, encourage, and assess five key reading habits that cultivate a lifelong love of reading.

With many of our schools in Michigan using the MAISA Reading and Writing Units of Instruction, Donalyn’s thinking will support building literacy rich classrooms.

Join us for a wonderful learning opportunity. Limited openings still available.  Register at Kent ISD Professional Learning Website.

What’s Your Evidence? Constructing Explanations in Science

It was great to be part of my first LCN back in September! I enjoyed meeting some elementary science teachers ready to write intentionally in science. We spent some time trying to write a scientific explanation without a framework, and then we looked at the Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning tool. I gave a couple of samples from student work, and that seemed to be the most requested piece for January. I have been trying to get some county samples; however, there are some great ones in the book as well. Feel free to open your DVD player and grab that DVD in the back of the book to look at teachers demonstrating some ways to help students write with this format.

Student samples: pp. 31, 33, 34, p. 69, p. 134

By the way, the Michigan Science Standards are adopted, so more and more students will be using this tool. Thanks for helping lead the science writing in our community! If you have any questions or want to chat, feel free to contact me: