Chapters International is pleased to offer a Literacy Institute to help renew and re-energize literacy instruction and to prepare for a promising new school year. World-renowned educators Carl Anderson, Kathy Collins, Dan Feigelson, Matt Glover, and Jessica Martin join together to help us reimagine:
  • Teaching that fosters choice, agency, and independence
  • Planning read alouds that evoke joy and great conversation
  • Using mentor texts to cultivate identity and inspire ideas for writing
  • Classroom structures that nurture curiosity and strengthen collaboration
3rd August - Matt Glover - Maximizing Engagement in Writing Right from the Start

The beginning of the year in writing sets the tone for the rest of the year. As teachers, we want to maximize energy and engagement for all students, especially less confident or reluctant writers. In this workshop we will examine several strategies for increasing engagement for all students, including:
  • Starting the year with a Craft or Process Study rather than a Genre Study
  • Supporting students in finding meaningful topics
  • Nurturing meaningful writer to writer relationships
  • Empowering students to generate writing independently
These strategies will help teachers better understand their students as writers as make the beginning of the year joyful for everyone.
5th August - Kathy Collins - Refresh Your Read Aloud Time: Ideas to Make the Best Part of the Day Even Better!

Teachers and students alike often cite the read aloud as their favorite time of the school day, and this session will provide ideas for ways to ‘level up’ the read aloud while also maintaining the sense of joy and pleasure. We’ll consider:
  • Different types of read alouds for different purposes
  • Teacher moves that engage and instruct
  • Supports for oral language and conversation skill development
  • Social configurations that enable ALL students’ meaning making and collaboration
10th August - Dan Feigelson - Choice, Talk, and Independent Reading

Nothing gets kids hooked on reading more than talking to classmates about books they choose themselves. This session will suggest strategies for establishing independent reading routines early in the year, including:
  • Tips for conducting individual reading conferences;
  • Setting up book partnerships around independent reading;
  • Scaffolding independent book talk through whole class conversations;
  • Teaching a variety of possibilities for reading response
12th August - Jessica Martin - Creating Connections is the Key to Learning: Use Student-Led Inquiry to Explore Identity, Build Community, and Develop Writing Skills

What question do you have about ______? Carving out space for curiosity, information gathering, and co-constructing knowledge in your classroom is more doable than you think, and more important than ever before.

During this session we’ll explore:
  • An inquiry approach versus a coverage approach (Harvey & Daniels, 2015)
  • Ideas that cultivate empathy and collaboration
  • Practical ways to help students document noticings and wonderings, make plans, and begin their own mini investigations, and research/passion projects
  • Ways to assess and help students self-assess their own learning
17th August - Carl Anderson - Choose Mentor Texts that Will Inspire Your Student Writers!

How do you help students become excited about writing at the beginning of the year? When you choose just the right mentor texts, students will see that their experiences, interests and perspectives are valued in your classroom, and are worth writing about.

During this session, we’ll discuss:
  • Criteria for selecting just the right mentor texts for your students
  • Where to find excellent mentor texts
  • How to get to know your mentor texts so you can use them to teach students about many aspects of writing
  • How to introduce mentor texts into your writing classrooms, as well as how to use them in mini-lessons and writing conferences
19th August - Panel Discussion - New School Year Resolutions: What Will You Cultivate Right From the Start?

Teachers face lots of changes at the beginning of every school year - from moving to new grades or school roles to refreshing their classroom design, from updating their curricula to integrating new ideas gleaned from professional learning opportunities. The biggest and most exciting change that teachers encounter every year is their new community of learners. This fresh start provides teachers with a wonderful opportunity to cultivate a compassionate community that welcomes everyone to what Frank Smith calls, “The Literacy Club” right from the start.

During this panel discussion, the presenters will respond to questions about brilliant beginnings to the school year, considerations for priorities, and ideas for laying the groundwork for a year full of learning, engagement, and compassion.
Kathy Collins
Kathy Collins works in schools and presents in conferences all over the world to support teachers in developing high-quality, effective literacy instruction in early childhood settings through middle school grades. She is the co-author, along with Janine Bempechat of Not This But That: No More Mindless Homework (Heinemann, 2017). She co-authored, with Matt Glover, I Am Reading: Nurture Meaning - Making and Joyful Engagement with Texts (Heinemann, 2015). Kathy's other books include Reading for Real: Teach Children to Read With Power, Intention, and Joy in K-3 Classrooms (Stenhouse, 2008) and Growing Readers: Units of Study in Primary Classrooms (Stenhouse, 2004). Kathy has worked closely with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, and she taught in Brooklyn, New York. Kathy and her family live in Durham, New Hampshire. Follow Kathy on Twitter @kathycollins15
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
Dan Feigelson has worked extensively in New York City schools as a principal, teacher, literacy coach, curriculum writer, and superintendent. An early member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, he leads institutes, workshops and lab-sites around the world on the teaching of reading and writing. A regular presenter at national and international conferences, Dan is the author of Reading Projects Reimagined: Student-Driven Conferences to Deepen Critical Thinking, and Practical Punctuation: Lessons in Rule Making and Rule Breaking in Elementary Writing. He lives in New York City and Columbia County, New York. Follow Dan on Twitter @danfeigelson
Matt Glover has been an educator for over 30 years, as a teacher, a principal, author and consultant. He is the author and co-author of several books on teaching writing and reading including Projecting Possibilities for Writers: The How, What, and Why of Designing Units of Study, K-5, Engaging Young Writers, Already Ready, Sit Down and Teach Up, and I Am Reading: Nurturing Young Children’s Meaning Making and Joyful Engagement With Any Book. Along with Ellin Keene, Matt is the editor of a collection of essays titled The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays on Children, Learning and Teaching. Follow Matt on Twitter @Mattglover12
Carl Anderson is an internationally recognized expert in writing instruction for grades K-8. He works as a consultant in schools and districts around the world, and has been a longtime staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. Carl is the author of numerous books on teaching writing, including the new A Teacher's Guide to Writing Conferences, the best-selling How's It Going? A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers, as well as Assessing Writers and the Strategic Writing Conferences series. Carl is known for his keynote addresses, PD workshops, school-based residencies, and webinars. Tweet him at @conferringcarl.

These Sessions will be recorded and the recordings will be available for 7 days.
3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th August 2021

Each Session will be for 2 Hours
EST 5:00 am | London 10:00 am | Zurich 11:00 am | Dubai 1:00 pm | India 2:30 pm | Hong Kong 5:00 pm
Melbourne 7:00 pm

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USD 400 Per Participant
USD 350 Per Participant or a group of 6 - 14
USD 300 Per Participant for a group of 15 or above
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 10 Professional Development hours
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