Tour of Texas 2017–2018

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Creating Interactive Learning Experiences
in Texas Classrooms
Elementary: Grades 3 - 5

Since 1995, the Institute for Learning has partnered with Texas school districts to work together in improving the education and achievement of all students — especially students of color and English learners. In fact, research has shown that IFL programs and materials not only increase student achievement, but also that English learners showed even larger gains than their native English-speaking classmates.

The Institute for Learning’s 2017 – 18 Tour of Texas builds on this foundational work and provides a series of three professional development sessions, focusing on grades 3 – 5, in English language arts and mathematics, with additional sessions in Austin for secondary educators. The three-part series, when taken together, provides a deep professional learning experience where you will grow both pedagogical and content knowledge. We know it can be hard to get away. So, while there are benefits to attending the whole series, single session registrations are available.

Each session is designed around research-based practices shown to broaden understanding of high-leverage instructional practices that support deeper classroom engagement and result in improved student learning. 

The IFL mathematics and English language arts sessions have been carefully crafted to use classroom discourse and writing strategies to support students in achieving the grade-level standards outlined in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

  • Are you looking for proven ways ALL students—especially English learners—develop rigorous reading comprehension and mathematical reasoning skills and knowledge? The IFL provides research-based tools and practices to help you increase learning and achievement in these critical areas. We help you create language-rich and collaborative learning environments that help ELs achieve at high levels.
  • Are your teachers working to provide student-centered classrooms, where Accountable Talk® practices are embedded in daily instruction? — where you can discover minute by minute what students understand and what to do if they do not?  The IFL is the leader and creator of Accountable Talk® practices and professional development. We create classrooms where student talk is accountable to rigorous thinking, accurate knowledge, and the classroom community.
  • Do your students understand concepts and texts deeply enough to write about them? Writing helps students develop a stronger understanding of mathematical concepts and texts and internalize them. The IFL provides effective methods using writing to develop knowledge and understanding and to demonstrate learning.
  • Do you want to set up learning environments that promote self-management of learning and model appropriate collaboration skills? We provide practices and routines that help students to develop methods for approaching problems and intellectually challenging situations, and how to collaborate with each other to deepen their understanding, knowing that questioning and exploration are routine methods for learning deeply.

We can support you in these efforts with a
three-part professional development series!

Check out the Dates and Locations tab to
find out when we will be in your area!

*Accountable Talk® is a trademark of the University of Pittsburgh

Who Should Attend:
    • ELA/Literacy Teachers Grades 3-5
    • Elementary Instructional Leaders
    • Elementary Literacy/Instructional Coaches
    • Elementary Curriculum Coordinators


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • If paying via PO or check, please remit to:
    University of Pittsburgh
    Institute for Learning
    3939 O'Hara Street
    LRDC 310
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260




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