MS ELA (eNgagement Academy)

Brennan High School

August 6th

Pre-AP Initial Training
Participants will examine the vertical alignment between Pre-AP and AP courses as we scaffold instruction toward the AP classroom. Walk away with strategies to enrich the learning environment and increase rigor in the 6-8 ELA Pre-AP classroom.
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 am - 4:00 pm 6.0 GT/CPE/Teacher Choice 553351801 E226

 

Leveled Literacy Intervention Initial Training (SE & ESL)
Experience a full day of hands-on training designed for new users of the Fountas and Pinnell LLI system. You will walk away being able to assess and group students, structure your class for successful implementation, and deliver targeted intervention. This initial training is for both SE and ESL teachers.
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 am - 4:00 pm 6.0 CPE/Teacher Choice 553361801 E230

 

ELA 101: Moving Beyond the Roadblock
Navigate the world of MS ELA curriculum, instruction, and assessment through multiple routes that will engage learners,  emphasize critical thinking, and seamlessly intertwine extensive reading, writing, thinking, and meaningful discussion!
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 am - 11:15 am 1.5 GT
3.0 CPE/Teacher Choice
553551801 E237

 

Novel Study 2.0: Classroom Success with Student Choice
When students have choice, they are more likely to be engaged in the reading process. But how can you connect classroom learning to numerous novels and feel comfortable and confident that your classroom will not erupt into chaos? Walk away with protocols for managing multiple novel groups as well as strategies for creating guiding questions, constructing conceptual connections, and incorporating digital resources to empower student readers.
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 am - 11:15 am 1.5 GT
3.0 CPE/Teacher Choice
553511801 E141

 

August 7th

Construction Zone: Scaffolds of Support
Scaffolds are meant to be temporary. Come explore the gradual release of responsibility model and how to incorporate the various levels of accommodations and modifications. You will walk away being more reflective and intentional about your role in the scaffolding process.
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 am - 9:30 am 1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice 553561801 E234

 

Grammar Lessons Made Easy!
By combining Harry Noden and Jeff Anderson’s strategies, grammar will come alive in your classroom. Walk away with foolproof methods to increase STAAR revising and editing scores and student writing.
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 am - 11:15 am 1.5 GT
3.0 CPE/TeacherChoice
553391801 E223

 

Navigating Digital Resources
You probably have already heard about and even seen one or more of NISD’s digital resources sites. But do you feel less than masterful in accessing and using these sites? Learn what resources are available, various ways to get those digital resources into the hands of students, and how to adeptly access the sites both today and in the future.
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 am - 11:15 am 3.0 Tech
3.0 CPE/TeacherChoice
553481801 E122

 

It’s Not Just SSR!
How does independent student-choice reading help students grow as readers and writers? This session will demonstrate careful and purposeful modeling and instruction, resulting in meaningful student engagement and authentic accountability. Join me as we develop a literacy workshop model that will help all students read like writers and write for their readers.
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 am - 11:15 am 1.5 GT
3.0 CPE/TeacherChoice
553541801 E237

 

Kiss Paper Goodbye!
Experience the Google Chrome extension called PEARDECK, an interactive tool to gather data for your formative assessments. Interact with a Google Slides presentation using your electronic device. Come in and try it out for yourself! I-Pads are required for this session.
Time Hours SRN Room
9:45 am - 11:15 am 1.5 CPE / Teacher Choice 553411801 E230

 

Around the Workshop in 90 Minutes: Revisiting the Workshop Model
Using Cris Tovani’s Workshop Model as the foundation, learn ideas to build lesson progression in a 45/90 minute ELA classroom. Increase student engagement and learning outcomes by utilizing all workshop model routines effectively.
Time Hours SRN Room
9:45 am - 11:15 am 1.5 GT
1.5 CPE/TeacherChoice
553401801 E226

 

Isn’t It Time? Promoting Reading with Student Choice
Isn’t it time to give your students the freedom to choose what they read? Come discover simple and engaging ways to promote reading through free choice. Summer reading got you down? It is definitely time for change! Learn about exciting ways to extend free-choice summer reading in the classroom.
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm 1.5 GT
1.5 CPE/TeacherChoice
553381801 E112

 

Kiss Paper Goodbye
Experience the Google Chrome extension called PEARDECK, an interactive tool to gather data for your formative assessments. Interact with a Google Slides presentation using your electronic device. Come in and try it out for yourself! I-Pads are required for this session.
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm 1.5 CPE/TeacherChoice 553411802 E230

 

Setting Up Your Reading/Writing Classroom
Planning for your ELA classroom can be overwhelming. Let’s discuss tried and true procedures, activities, and strategies to decrease your stress level and encourage student success! From setting up your literacy notebooks to generating ideas for the first six weeks, set up an inviting environment to engage your students in reading and writing from day one.
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm 1.5 CPE/TeacherChoice 553421801 E226

 

Infographics & Literary Texts
Infographics naturally connect with nonfiction texts in the ELA classroom. But what about literary texts? Learn about the various infographic designs that lend themselves to connecting to literary texts. Explore how students can use Google Drawings and Canva to create their own!
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm 1.5 GT/1.5 Tech
1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice
553491801 E122

 

Grammar Lessons Made Easy!
By combining Harry Noden and Jeff Anderson’s strategies, grammar will come alive in your classroom. Walk away with foolproof methods to increase STAAR revising and editing scores and student writing.
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 pm - 4:00 pm 1.5 GT
3.0 CPE/Teacher Choice
553391802 E223

 

Differentiated Learning Paths
Abundant digital resources can serve students at their readiness and/or interest levels. This session will highlight how teachers can use Symbaloo to create a differentiated product for students around student choice or readiness level.
Time Hours SRN Room
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm 1.5 Tech
1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice
553501801 E122

August 8th - Brennan HS

Construction Zone: Scaffolds of Support
Scaffolds are meant to be temporary. Come explore the gradual release of responsibility model and how to incorporate the various levels of accommodations and modifications. You will walk away being more reflective and intentional about your role in the scaffolding process.
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 am - 9:30 am 1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice 553561802 E234

 

Infographics & Literary Texts
Infographics naturally connect with nonfiction texts in the ELA classroom. But what about literary texts? Learn about the various infographic designs that lend themselves to connecting to literary texts. Then explore how students can use Google Drawings and Canva to create their own!
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 am - 9:30 am 1.5 GT/1.5 Tech
1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice
553491802 E122

 

It’s Not Just SSR!
How does independent student-choice reading help students grow as readers and writers? This session will demonstrate careful and purposeful modeling and instruction resulting in meaningful student engagement and authentic accountability. Join me as we develop a literacy workshop model that will help all students read like writers and write for their readers.
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 am - 11:15 am 1.5 GT
3.0 CPE/Teacher Choice
553541802 E237

 

Differentiated Learning Paths
Abundant digital resources can serve students at their readiness and/or interest levels. This session will highlight how teachers can use Symbaloo to create a differentiated product for students based on student choice or readiness level.
Time Hours SRN Room
9:45 am - 11:15 am 1.5 Tech
1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice
553541802 E122

 

Student Voice: Using Mentor Texts to Engage in Multimodal Literacy
Do you want your classes to have meaningful, student-led, student-centered interactions with diverse texts? Come participate in a text analysis and discussion protocol, incorporating writing as a tool for thinking about reading and integrating written analysis.
Time Hours SRN Room
9:45 am - 11:15 am 1.5 GT
1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice
553521801 E226

 

Student Voice: Using Mentor Texts to Engage in Multimodal Literacy
Do you want your classes to have meaningful, student-led, student-centered interactions with diverse texts? Come participate in a text analysis and discussion protocol, incorporating writing as a tool for thinking about reading and integrating written analysis.
Time Hours SRN Room
9:45 am - 11:15 am 1.5 GT
1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice
553521801 E226

 

EL Roundtable: Literacy and Enrichment
Travel to the land of literacy and enrichment for ELs. Explore the ELPS through KUDs. Converse with peers about strategies and best practices for ELs and refresh your techniques and knowledge of language learning. I-Pads are required for this session. Please bring your earbuds with you.
Time Hours SRN Room
9:45 am - 11:15 am 1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice 553591801 E219

 

Student Voice: Using Mentor Texts to Engage in Multimodal Literacy
Do you want your classes to have meaningful, student-led, student-centered interactions with diverse texts? Come participate in a text analysis and discussion protocol, incorporating writing as a tool for thinking about reading and integrating written analysis.
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm 1.5 GT
1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice
553521802 E226

 

Targeting Language Objectives (ELPS) Using Nearpod
This session will provide guidance on implementing language objective using ELPS. Learn how NEARPOD can enhance and support student learning. You will experience how student driven activities target specific language domains to increase language development.
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm 1.5 GT
1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice
553571801 E217

 

Get On Board the Lead4Ward Train
Join us as we actively explore the Lead4Ward Strategy Playlist and discover ways to increase engagement, collaboration, and discourse in the classroom. You will walk away with practical and innovative ways to implement the strategies into your everyday planning.
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 pm - 4:00 pm 3.0 CPE/Teacher Choice 553371801 E230

 

Navigating Digital Resources
You probably have already heard about and even seen one or more of NISD's digital resources sites. But do you feel less than masterful in accessing and using these sites? Learn what resources are available, various ways to get those digital resources into the hands of students, and how to adeptly access the sites both today and in the future.
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 pm - 4:00 pm 3.0 Tech
3.0 CPE/Teacher Choice
553481802 E122

 

Wanted - Inference Detectives!
Good readers need to read between the lines, but how do you get students to do just that? Help them become inference detectives! This session will present scaffolding strategies that can help your students find clues and the evidence needed to solve the mystery of reading. Your students will be able to discover that inferences are part of everyday life as well as a necessary skill for drawing meaning from a variety of texts.
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 pm - 4:00 pm 1.5 GT
3.0 CPE/Teacher Choice
553531801 E237

 

ELL Literacy Stations Going Digital
Walk away with three literacy station resources to support the diverse ELL learner. You will gain skills needed to use tools such as Recap, QR codes, ChatterPix, Word Clouds, Padlet, and Book Creator. Discover simple ways to integrate technology to have students advance in reading, writing, listening and speaking in your literacy stations. I-Pads are required for this session.
Time Hours SRN Room
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm 1.5 Tech
1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice
553581801 E219

August 9th

15 Minutes a Day Keep the Red Pen at Bay
Discover how to authentically teach grammar in 15 minutes a day with nods to Jeff Anderson and Gretchen Bernabei. You will experience daily lessons that will increase student engagement and turn your students’ writing from "not to hot."
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 am - 9:30 am 1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice 553431801 E226

 

LLI 2.0: Beyond the LLI Group
"What are the other kids doing while I'm busy with my LLI group?" Let's tackle this challenge together. Come discover some practical ways to address the needs of these students by planning engaging, independent tasks that are meaningful while reinforcing essential standards and skills. Walk away confident that your kids, too, can work independently!
Time Hours SRN Room
9:45 am - 11:15 am 1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice 553461801 E234

 

Painless Poetry
Poetry often elicits groans from students (and even some teachers), but it doesn't have to! Come learn some fun and engaging strategies to get your students reading and writing excellent poetry. You will leave this session with a variety of poetry mini-lessons that you can take to class tomorrow.
Time Hours SRN Room
9:45 am - 11:15 am 1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice 553451801 E230

 

The Nuts and Bolts of Read Aloud
The read aloud with accountable talk deepens comprehension, motivates the readers to become better writers, and is just plain necessary in all classrooms. Come and learn the "nuts and bolts" of successfully implementing read aloud time in your MS ELA classroom.
Time Hours SRN Room
9:45 am - 11:15 am 1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice 553441801 E226

 

Painless Poetry
Poetry often elicits groans from students (and even some teachers), but it doesn't have to! Come learn some fun and engaging strategies to get your students reading and writing excellent poetry. You will leave this session with a variety of poetry mini-lessons that you can take to class tomorrow.
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm 1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice 553451802 E230

 

15 Minutes a Day Keep the Red Pen at Bay
Discover how to authentically teach grammar in 15 minutes a day with nods to Jeff Anderson and Gretchen Bernabei. You will experience daily lessons that will increase student engagement and turn your students’ writing from "not to hot."
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm 1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice 553431802 E226

 

High-Leverage Strategies for Specialized Instruction
Maximize student learning by optimizing your instruction. Walk away with high-leverage strategies that will enable your students to take greater ownership of their learning, make stronger connections to the content, and participate more fully in classroom discussions.
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 pm - 4:00 pm 3.0 CPE/Teacher Choice 555001801 E234

 

Wanted-Inference Detectives!
Good readers need to read between the lines, but how do you get students to do just that? Help them become inference detectives! This session will present scaffolding strategies that can help your students find clues and the evidence needed to solve the mystery of reading. Your students will be able to discover that inferences are part of everyday life as well as a necessary skill for drawing meaning from a variety of texts.
Time Hours SRN Room
12:45 pm - 4:00 pm 1.5 GT
3.0 CPE/Teacher Choice
553531802 E237

 

The Nuts and Bolts of Read Aloud
The read aloud with accountable talk deepens comprehension, motivates the readers to become better writers, and is just plain necessary in all classrooms. Come and learn the "nuts and bolts" of successfully implementing read aloud time in your MS ELA classroom.
Time Hours SRN Room
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm 1.5 CPE/Teacher Choice 553441802 E226

August 10th

Get On Board the Lead4Ward Train
Join us as we actively explore the Lead4Ward Strategy Playlist and discover ways to increase engagement, collaboration, and discourse in the classroom. You will walk away with practical and innovative ways to implement the strategies into your everyday planning.
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 am - 11:15 am 3.0 CPE/Teacher Choice 553371802 E230

 

Expository Essay Scoring Training Made Easy
Revisit the STAAR Expository Scoring Rubric to sharpen your writing instruction. Join us in a collaborative atmosphere as we examine expository writing and analyze student samples.
Time Hours SRN Room
8:00 am - 11:15 am 3.0 CPE/Teacher Choice 553471801 E226