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Teaching English Language Arts (Elementary) in the 21st Century 3-Day Series

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Facilitator(s): Janet McConaghy
This is a multi-day event.
Day 1Aug 22, 2019 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Day 2Nov 07, 2019 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Day 3Feb 12, 2020 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
$150.00 (CAD)
(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: 20-LI-025

Target Audience

Grades K - 6 teachers, Instructional/ Learning Coaches

Also Recommended For

School-based Administrators, District Leaders/Consultants; K-12 Teachers

Please bring a laptop or Chromebook to the session.

About this learning opportunity

Literacy 3-Day Series are intentionally designed to deepen your understanding in a focus area for literacy. Research indicates that the most effective professional occurs when the learning:

  • is sustained over a duration to allow time to learn, practice, implement and reflect
  • has opportunities for collaboration and feedback
  • is applied towards action research in which teachers participate in a structured process of inquiry to improve or refine their instructional practice

It is highly recommended that participants  register for all three sessions in the series to fully engage in a cycle of action research towards developing a deeper understanding of how specific research-based pedagogical approaches can positively impact student learning.

This series is intended for beginning teachers and for those who are new to teaching grades 1-6. It is intended to further teachers’ understanding of the foundational literacy principles that support classroom practices and reflective processes for elementary literacy instruction. We will explore how to use a critical lens in developing and implementing teaching and learning strategies, activities and resources.

Key features of the series will include:

  • Creating a Balanced and Integrated Overarching Framework for Teaching Language Arts
  • Organizing for Learning and Instruction – Making the Most of Your Space
  • Using Children’s Literature as the Primary Resource for Teaching and Learning in Language Arts
  • Highlighting Multimodal Literacy in the Language Arts
  • Identifying Essential Components of a Language and Literacy Program
  • Teaching the Necessary Skills and Strategies Students Need to Enjoy Reading and to Become Competent Readers and Writers
  • Exploring Cross-Curricular Connections
  • Teaching Critical Literacy/Critical Thinking
  • Planning for Diversity
  • Assessing, Evaluating and Communicating Student Growth
  • Reflecting on our Teaching Practice

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge

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

About the facilitator(s)

Dr. Janet McConaghy is currently a university language and literacy instructor and a consultant and reading specialist with Edmonton Public Schools. She is a former assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at Concordia University of Edmonton. Her professional career in education spans a period of over 29 years. She holds a PhD in Elementary Education at the University of Alberta with a specialization in the curriculum area of language and literacy development within the context of the social and pedagogical approach to dialogic teaching. She is an experienced classroom teacher at the elementary level and has worked extensively with teachers at all levels, school administrators and students. Her experience also includes numerous conference and workshop presentations in teacher’s professional development in language, literature and literacy. Other educational pursuits involve the publication of teaching resources that exemplify the interrelationship of theory and practice in literature and literacy learning, as well as various articles and contributions to language arts textbook chapters.

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