Tour of Texas 2017–2018

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

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

Supporting Grades 3 - 5

Session 1

Building Foundations for Successful Literacy Classrooms through the Principles of Learning and Accountable Talk®

This session focuses on building a foundation for successful literacy classrooms. In the morning, participants are introduced to the Principles of Learning, a set of research-based features that are designed to help educators analyze and improve teaching and learning for all students. The afternoon is devoted to developing a shared vision and language around academically productive talk. Participants learn about the research on classroom talk, understand how student talk supports learning, and learn ways to create and foster talk-rich classrooms.

Session 2

Robust Reading Instruction: Using Questioning the Author and Text-Based Vocabulary Instruction

This session focuses on robust reading instruction. The session begins by introducing participants to Questioning the Author (QtA) and discussion-based approaches to comprehension. In the afternoon, participants will move their attention to robust vocabulary instruction. We will study the work of Isabel Beck and her colleagues on rich vocabulary instruction and consider the components of effective vocabulary instruction coming from recent and seminal research studies and how this kind of vocabulary study improves reading comprehension.

Session 3

Providing Students Authentic and Varied Writing Opportunities through Writing to Learn Opportunities and High Quality Writing Assignments

This session focuses on how to provide students with authentic and varied writing opportunities. Participants will learn about various writing to learn tasks, how to embed them in instruction, and how to use the results from students’ writing. Participants will also learn about the research-based criteria for creating high quality writing tasks to support students’ literacy development and discuss implications for classroom and school-wide literacy goals.


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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