Saturday, August 28, 2010

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For K–5 teachers: Monthly web seminars on how to integrate science and literacy instruction, to begin August 26

Science and literacy instruction in the elementary grades is the focus of a new series of web seminars for the 2010–2011 school year. The series is free, and no registration is required.

Seminars are held from 3:30-4:30 ET on one Thursday a month during the school year. Teachers are invited to log on at, learn from the knowledgeable seminar presenters, and share their ideas with other teachers from across the country. Here is the schedule so you can plan early to join in:

·August 26, 2010: Informational Text and Multigenre Text Sets.
Why it’s important to use informational text in the primary and elementary grades and how the creation and use of multigenre text sets can enhance instruction. Presenter: Jessica Fries-Gaither

·September 9, 2010: Inquiry, Literacy, and the Learning Cycle.
An exploration of the many faces of inquiry-based instruction and ways that a learning-cycle framework can help integrate inquiry and reading, writing, and discussion. Presenters: Jessica Fries-Gaither and Terry Shiverdecker

·October 14, 2010: Beaks and Biomes: Integrating Science and Literacy.
A look at a life science unit that uses scientific inquiry, literacy instruction, and a multigenre text set to examine adaptations, migration, and ecosystems. A unit framework can be directly incorporated into participants’ classrooms. Presenters: Jessica Fries-Gaither and Terry Shiverdecker

·November 11, 2010: Research Projects, Revisited.
Strategies for making students’ reports fresh and meaningful. Presenter: Jessica Fries-Gaither

·December 9, 2010: Citizen Science and Inquiry.
How teachers and students can get involved with bird-related citizen-science projects and authentic outdoor inquiry. Presenter: Jennifer Fee

·January 13, 2011: Reader's Theater and Informational Text.
Using reader's theater to improve comprehension of informational text and help students learn science concepts. Presenters: Jessica Fries-Gaither and Nicole Luthy

·February 10, 2011: Reading Comprehension 2.0.
Using digital resources and free web 2.0 tools to improve reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and other related literacy skills. Presenter: Jessica Fries-Gaither

·March 10, 2011: Visual Literacy and Nonlinguistic Representations.
Helping students create and interpret diagrams, maps, and charts. Presenters: Jessica Fries-Gaither and Terry Shiverdecker

·April 14, 2011: Vocabulary Development.
Best practices and creative approaches in vocabulary development, with an emphasis on science vocabulary. Presenter: TBA

About the Presenters:

Jessica Fries-Gaither is an education resource specialist in the College of Education and Human Ecology, Ohio State University. She serves as project director for the NSF-funded Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears.

Terry Shiverdecker is a science content specialist with ORC.

Nicole Luthy is the Assistant Director of ORC.

Jennifer Fee is a leader of the Bird Sleuth Project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
The series is sponsored by Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, an NSF-funded project that provides professional development and instructional resources to elementary teachers. Information about all the presentations and the recordings of all past seminars are available at


Designing a 21st Century Learning Environment for Elementary Learners

On Saturday, October 2, 2010, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Literacy Connection will host Christian Long, educator, school planner, and passionate advocate for innovative learning communities, in a program designed for K-6 educators. Participants are invited to explore the potential of designing strategic spaces for elementary learners with an eye on digital literacy.

The program will be held at Glacier Ridge Elementary in Dublin, and the cost is $50. Mail the registration form with your payment of $50 to Peggy Oxley, 298 Brevoort Road, Columbus, OH 43214. There will be no refunds. If you have any questions, call Peggy at 614-882-2710 (school) or 614-267-6413 (home).

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