Professional Learning for Teachers Grades 6 - 8:
Core Courses of Study

Course Title

Description

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An Integrated Approach to the Language Arts Florida Standards (LAFS)

Designing and implementing instruction that promotes student mastery of reading, writing, language, and speaking and listening state standards is the intended outcome of this professional development. Teachers learn how to implement the seven components of the continuum of literacy learning (PInnell & Fountas, 2011): Interactive Read Aloud and Literature Discussion; Shared and Performance Reading; Writing about Reading; Writing, Oral, Visual, and Technological Communication; Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study; and Guided Reading, and gain an understanding of how to integrate the LAFS in rigorous, standard-based instruction.

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Engaging Formative Assessment Strategies

The aim of this professional development is to assist teachers with the development of engaging formative assessment models and strategies as well as analyzing formative data in order to drive instruction and promote student achievement. Teachers learn how to reflect on student data and make any necessary adjustments to instructional delivery so that instruction is aligned better to students’ needs.

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Leveraging Technology & Digital Resources in the Literacy Classroom

This professional development helps teachers understand how technology can engage and provide students relevant tools to produce quality work in response to rigorous, standards-based performance tasks and other classroom assignments. Participants learn how to work within the constraints of current hardware both in the classroom and the community while focusing on the development of student work and evidence of learning.

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Small Group Differentiated Instruction

Research-based instructional approaches to personalize and differentiate instruction to meet students’ academic needs are the focus of this professional development. Teachers review the principles and the importance of differentiation, and gain methods to respond to students’ learning profiles and incorporate small group, guided, standards-based instruction. Specific to the secondary literacy classrooms, participants also engage in the development of student-centered work and learning stations that encourage personalized learning in the classroom.

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Text-based Argumentative Writing

In this professional development teachers learn ways to effectively and explicitly teach argumentative writing as defined by state standards and in ways that help prepare students to meet expectations in writing for secondary and college and career success. Teachers will learn strategies to help students make better connections between reading complex, argumentative texts and writing in response to them. Student production of solid, text-based writing is the focus.

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Text-based Informative Writing

This professional development provides teachers the knowledge to effectively and explicitly teach informative writing which helps students meet state standards and be prepared for the level of writing necessary for secondary and college and career success. Teachers will learn strategies to help students make better connections between reading complex, informational texts and writing in response to them. Student production of text-based writing is the focus.

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