Learning Opportunity

High School English Language Arts: Professional Learning Cohort

This session has been completed.
Registration closes:
May 09, 2024 at 11:00 pm MTN
Webinar will NOT
be recorded
Facilitators: Tannis Niziol Morgan Coates

This is a multi-day event.

Day 1Sep 14, 2023 (3:30 pm to 4:30 pm MDT)
Day 2Oct 12, 2023 (3:30 pm to 4:30 pm MDT)
Day 3Nov 09, 2023 (3:30 pm to 4:30 pm MDT)
Day 4Dec 07, 2023 (3:30 pm to 4:30 pm MDT)
Day 5Jan 11, 2024 (3:30 pm to 4:30 pm MDT)
Day 6Feb 22, 2024 (3:30 pm to 4:30 pm MDT)
No Charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 24-LI-014
Focus: English Language Arts & Literacy

Target Audience

Language Arts Teachers 10 - 12

About this Learning Opportunity

Does your assignment for 2023-24 include teaching High School English Language Arts  courses? Whether you’re a first-year or a seasoned teacher this collaborative online community is for you! Join us as we explore the classroom practices that help to  build confident, capable readers and writers. Our monthly conversations will be teacher-driven and responsive to needs and interests as they arise. Here are some of the questions we will be thinking about:

  • What are the kinds of text-based questions that push, stretch and support student thinking?
  • What formative tasks make visible rigorous thinking and learning? 
  • How do we address reading stamina and fluency, as well as vocabulary and background knowledge as they impact success on both reading and writing measures?
  • How might a student-centred approach to extended text study (i.e. book clubs, writing workshop mode)l shift more of the cognitive load to our students? 
  • How might teachers create routines incorporating personal writing, mentor texts, and mini-lessons to build writers with a more authentic voice who can adapt to various contexts, including the
  • Diploma Examinations?
  • How do we teach form without teaching formula?
  • How might the best practices in feedback and assessment be better understood/applied so as to push writers toward the standard of excellence?

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


Tannis Niziol

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... Read more »

Morgan Coates

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... Read more »