“Although research reveals that intrinsic motivation for schooling decreases as students advance through school, there is much that you can do to facilitate its rejuvenation by reminding yourself each day that your role is not to impose learning, but rather, to invite it.”
Adolescents on the Edge: Stories and Lessons to Transform Learning by ReLeah Cossett Lent and Jimmy Santiago Baca
Invite ReLeah to your school, district, or conference to provide quality professional development or a motivating speech based on the content of any of her books. Topics include the following or you and ReLeah can design a customized workshop based on the needs of your faculty and students.
- This is Disciplinary Literacy: Deeper Learning Within the Disciplines
Remember when all teachers were to be teachers of reading—and those “one strategy a week” initiatives that teachers were to use whether or not they supported the curriculum or the learning goal? Thankfully, we now understand the importance of disciplinary literacy; reading, writing, speaking, and thinking as experts do in each discipline from math to social studies to science to English-language arts. ReLeah will work with teachers across disciplines or within disciplines to deepen students’ understanding through content-specific literacy practices. This can be a one-day workshop or a year-long residency.
Science: How do students read with a questioning stance and write to explain?
History and Social Sciences: How do students approach primary sources and develop arguments?
Math: How do students adopt the literacy habits of mathematicians through mathematical talk, numeracy, and habits of mind?
English: How do student read challenging text closely and write clearly with persuasion and elaboration?
- Beyond the Core: Motivating Kids to Read, Write, Speak and Think in all Disciplines
Do you often hear the “this is boring” chorus when you ask students to read, write or think critically about an academic topic? Do you want to infuse your curriculum with a variety of relevant, engaging texts and assignments rather than using the textbook as a sole resource or curriculum guide? Most of all, is your goal to use literacy as an effective tool for learning in your discipline instead of only teaching reading strategies? If so, join ReLeah Cossett Lent in a lively workshop that blends research with instructional practices designed to invigorate teaching and deepen learning for all students.
- Engagement: The Key to Literacy
But What about Adolescents Who Can’t. . .Or Won’t?
Who could argue that students should be reading more challenging texts, accomplishing more complex tasks, and becoming college/career ready ? Who doesn’t want to see students waiting expectantly outside classroom doors, ready to rigorously read, write, speak, and listen? The reality is that the Common Core Standards have left out an important component of learning: engagement. Research shows that engagement is the factor in increased student outcomes; in fact, it connects to achievement more strongly than to home environment. What’s more, lack of engagement is a precursor to dropping out of school.
Join ReLeah Lent, author of Common Core CPR, for the latest research on engagement along with strategies and practices to motivate the most reluctant learners in all disciplines.
- From Textbooks to Textsets: Using Textbooks as Resources, not Curriculum Guides
Textbooks, like World Book Encyclopedias, were once a mainstay of our literacy lives at home as well as at school. Everything has changed in the 21st Century, however; now no one book or series has a monopoly on information. How can teachers use textbooks to support their curriculum along with a wide variety of print and digital texts that encourage deep learning? This workshop will help teachers find current, appropriate texts on frequently taught topics along with practical ways to use them in the classroom.
- Say What? Using Inquiry and Problem Solving for Deep Learning
Tell them and they forget. Tap into curiosity, ownership, and the challenge of solving a problem and they learn how to learn. What’s more, they remember what they learn because it is relevant. The shift to an inquiry-based curriculum may take some time to implement, but the rewards for both students and teachers are significant. Explore strategies and classroom practices that begin with inquiry, move into intrinsic motivation, and end with sustainable and deep learning.
- Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Thinking within the Disciplines
Remember when all teachers were to be teachers of reading—and those “one strategy a week” initiatives that teachers were to use whether or not they supported the curriculum or the learning goal? Thankfully, we now understand the importance of disciplinary literacy; reading, writing, speaking, and thinking as experts do in each discipline from math to social studies to science to English-language arts. In this session, teachers use their professional expertise to adapt strategies and effective instructional practices to better enhance their content area curriculum.
- Writing as a Way of Learning
Writers learn to become better writers by. . .writing! Studentscan’t develop the habits and skills of a writer without individualized feedback, sound mentor texts, and lots of practice. This session will provide practical ideas for helping students become fluent writers in each discipline as they learn to use writing as a tool for persuasion, description, analysis, self-reflection, and most of all, learning. Leave this session ready to try out content-area writers’ notebooks, bell-ringer writing prompts, blogging, and writing assignments that are both engaging and relevant.
- Facing Censorship: Keeping Books in the Hands of Readers
You’ll be shocked at what books have been censored recently and why many well-intentioned parents and educators want to remove books from library and classroom shelves. Join ReLeah Lent, chair of NCTE’s Standing Committee against Censorship, in a discussion of all aspects of censorship: What are censorship trends? What is the difference between censorship and selection? How can you protect your books as well as your reputation? What about students’ right to write? Leave with sample policies and forms for pre-empting challenges and wholesale censorship.
- Literacy Learning Communities: PLC’s with a Literacy Twist
- 21st Century Literacy: Multiple Literacies for Multi-Tasking Students
- Motivating Students to Read through Young Adult Literature
- The Writing Workshop from Pre-Writing to Publishing
- Engaging “On the Edge” Adolescents in Literacy
- Vocabulary, the Precursor to Comprehension
- Picture This! Increase Comprehension, Vocabulary and Background Knowledge with Picture Books in Content-Area Classes
- Student Study Groups: Collaborative Learning across the Curriculum
- In-depth, On-site Professional Learning with Long-range Planning