|Facilitators:||Tannis Niziol Morgan Coates|
This is a multi-day event.
|Focus:||English Language Arts Literacy|
Language Arts teachers 10-12
About this Learning Opportunity
This collaborative monthly meetup will be an opportunity for High School ELA teachers to discuss some of the texts that help to spark meaningful classroom conversations and rich writing opportunities.
Each month the facilitators will feature a different genre and will highlight some texts for teachers to consider. Participants are also encouraged to share their own text choices.
The following questions will underpin these 1-hour session, and help guide some of our thinking and planning:
- What considerations might help inform and guide our text selections?
- How might our text choices help create the conditions for the conversations adolescents need and want to have around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion?
- How might we leverage texts as mentors for students to develop their craft as both readers and writers?
This session addresses the LQS competencies
- #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
- #4: Leading a Learning Community
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
Tannis is currently supporting Alberta teachers as a Professional Learning Facilitator with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. She recently served as a curriculum consultant for the Edmonton Catholic School Division. Throughout her 30-year career as an educator, in both Edmonton and Winnipeg, Tannis remains passionate about teaching and learning, and the need for explicit literacy apprenticeship at all levels in all subject areas. Tannis is a voracious reader who believes all students deserve access to rich, diverse reading experiences and to a safe equitable space to talk about what they see, hear, think and feel. She is on a journey to disrupt and bring clarity to the conversations that drive our planning and assessment practice.
Morgan is currently supporting teachers in his role as a Secondary Literacy Consultant with Elk Island Public Schools. Prior to that, he worked in a variety of rural and urban school divisions across Alberta as a high school English teacher and department head. Morgan has always been on the lookout for new and engaging texts that help foster critical thinking and writing opportunities for students. Whether it’s film, multimodal texts, concept albums, or podcasts – the ever-changing landscape of what defines a literary text is changing, and he feels very strongly that we should provide our students to a variety of readings that help spark their creativity and help foster empathy.
Aside from that, Morgan lives his best life in Sherwood Park with his wife, Becca, and their three elementary aged children.