What would small group instruction that centers student needs, identity, and social-emotional well-being look and sound like? Would there be aspects that you recognize from your own small-group teaching with students? Come and explore a reimagining and reframing of differentiated instruction time using more poetry. Poetry has the power to strengthen literacy and empathy skills, spark engagement, and cultivate agency. We’ll also look at a variety of tools you’ll want to use to collect and organize student data, discuss criteria for designing equitable small group teaching lessons, and share strategies for progress monitoring the fluency, accuracy, and comprehension work of each of your students.
Session 1 - Collecting and analyzing data to make learning more purposeful and contextual to students’ lives

Session 2 - Synthesizing data to co-create goals and action plans that decrease stress and anxiety while increasing the level of engagement

Session 3 - Leveraging student interests and passions through poetry to enhance literacy instruction and cultivate empathy

Session 4 - Monitoring growth to develop student agency and to ensure that your readers and writers are getting exactly what they need when they need it

During the last part of each session, attendees will create a brief task to practice with 2-4 case study students and bring back evidence (student work, photo, video) of learning to share with colleagues at the start of the next class.
Potential Audience:
K-8 educators, curriculum supervisors, teacher leaders, and teacher trainers.
Jessica Martin
Jessica Martin is a former classroom teacher, Resident Advisor at University of California at Los Angeles Teacher Education Program, staff developer at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University, and CEO of the education consulting organization at Growing Educators. Jessica now partners with K-12 learning communities as a thinking partner in English Language Arts, Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) math, and inquiry-based instruction. Her first book, Strategic Classroom Design (Heinemann, 2019), was inspired by equity-minded educators committed to co-creating incredible spaces that engage and uplift all learners. When she is not collaborating with educators, you can usually find her with her family on a basketball court in Los Angeles, California. Follow Jessica on Twitter @growingjessica

7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March 2021
Each Session will be for 2 hours.
London 7:00 am | Zurich 8:00 am | Dubai 11:00 am | India 12:30 pm | Hong Kong 3:00 pm | Melbourne 6:00 pm
USD 400 per Participant
USD 300 per Participant for a group of 4
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 10 Professional Development Hours.
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