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Disciplinary Literacy PLC 3-day Series

Facilitator(s): Crystal Cholin
This is a multi-day event.
Day 1Oct 10, 2018 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Day 2Jan 16, 2019 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Day 3Apr 17, 2019 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Course code: 19-LI-047

Target Audience

A cohort of Secondary Teachers, Instructional Coaches and Administrators from a school

About this learning opportunity

This 3-day PLC is designed for Grades 7-12 school disciplinary teams to come together for a rich year of learning.

Why: School teams have identified an area of need at their school and are willing to spend time focusing on how to help students become more proficient readers and writers who are better able to access complex secondary levels texts and engage more successfully with discipline-specific content and vocabulary

How: PLC cohorts will participate in a series of guided inquiries to deepen their understanding of how to enrich the literacy skills of their students across disciplines.

In-service days will focus on:

  • analyzing local student data and setting goals for the year;
  • identifying literacy skills teachers would like focus on in and across disciplines;
  • reading and reflecting on current research and published articles;
  • looking at current challenges faced by inexperienced readers;
  • reflecting on current learning environments and the creation of productive, safe spaces;
  • exploring how to develop reader identities, build up fluency and stamina, and strengthen metacognition
  • experimenting with mental moves, practical thinking tools and comprehension strategies that can be implemented in classes;
  • discussing, reflecting and sharing lessons learned with the broader PLC;
  • seeking evidence of improvement at their site; and
  • reflecting on how to extend learning to whole staff (e.g., toolbox of strategies and professional learning protocols)

Learning will extend beyond the 3 in-service days. PLC teams will be expected to meet once per month at school and be prepared to take an active role in analyzing their own student data, trying out new strategies in their classrooms and being willing to partake in peer observations and/or co-teaching a lesson with colleagues from their school PLC.

Who: A cross-curricular school team of educators keen to learn more about disciplinary literacy who are able to commit to attending 3 full-day PLC in-services together at ERLC and meeting monthly at their school.

  • The team must include a School Administrator.
  • Ideal group size is 4-5, but any number of Secondary Teachers and/or Instructional Leads are welcome to participate on the PLC team.
This session addresses the TQS competency #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge

This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Crystal Cholin has been an educator for over 25 years, gaining experience in multiple provinces and community settings. She now works with Elk Island Catholic Schools as a learning consultant focusing on Division 3 and 4 English Language Arts, disciplinary literacy, and Indigenous education. In addition to her expertise with English Language Arts, Crystal is also trained in the AIM for FSL and is TEFL certified. Her personal learning journey continues through the pursuit of educational opportunities and through the exploration and sharing of strategies and resources to enhance literacy instruction.


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