Learning Opportunity

English Language Arts 7-9: Professional Learning Cohort

This session has been completed.
Registration closes:
May 23, 2024 at 11:00 pm MTN
Webinar will NOT
be recorded
Facilitator: Tannis Niziol

This is a multi-day event.

Day 2Oct 19, 2023 (3:30 pm to 4:30 pm MDT)
Day 3Nov 16, 2023 (3:30 pm to 4:30 pm MDT)
Day 4Dec 14, 2023 (3:30 pm to 4:30 pm MDT)
Day 5Jan 18, 2024 (3:30 pm to 4:30 pm MDT)
Day 6Feb 15, 2024 (3:30 pm to 4:30 pm MDT)
No Charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 24-LI-015
Focus: English Language Arts & Literacy

Target Audience

Language Arts Teachers Grades 7-9

About this Learning Opportunity

Does your assignment for 2023-24 include teaching English Language Arts in Grades 7-9?  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?

  • 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 we shift to  a student-centred approach to various text genres (i.e. short fiction, non-fiction, the novel, film study, poetry, drama, etc.)
  • 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 Grade 9 PAT?
  • How might the best practices in feedback and assessment be better understood/applied so as to develop more skilled, confident 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 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 »