Choice Literacy courses are a great way to deepen your understanding about interesting topics. We add new courses throughout the year, while maintaining past courses.
Jump in the Pool: Playing Around with Readers’ Notebooks
Christy Rush-Levine opens her notebook and guides us to teach students how to create thoughtful and meaningful responses to text.
Writing Poetry with Elementary Writers
This field experience offers ways to help elementary writers develop the mindset and tools to dip into poetry in their notebooks.
It’s a Cycle, Not a Hamster Wheel: Getting the Most Out of Coaching Cycles
Dana Murphy takes you into the nitty-gritty of coaching cycles with examples and advice from experienced literacy coaches from across the country. You’ll view videos of an initial meeting between a coach and a teacher to plan a cycle and sample demonstration lessons within a cycle, as well as quick tips for getting organized and taking good notes throughout the cycle. (2019)
Getting Organized for Literacy Coaching
In this course, experienced literacy coaches unzip their bags and totes to share what they carry into classrooms. We open up our coaching notebooks to show you the pages and lessons we can’t live without. We share what hasn’t worked in the past, and how our schedules and plans have evolved over time. You’ll finish the course with sample calendars, templates, checklists, and insider tips for launching your coaching year with confidence and enthusiasm.
The Limits of Levels
This course will help you understand how levels can help and hinder teachers, and show you alternatives for assessing needs and grouping even the youngest learners.
Literacy Walks: Seek, Name, and Strengthen Promising Practices
Matt Renwick leads instructional leaders in implementing and strengthening instructional literacy walks. (2021)
English Language Learners and Literacy Instruction
Stella Villalba provides tools, strategies, and wise advice for literacy instruction for children with native languages other than English. (Course created in 2019.)
Meaningful Reading Conferences
Christy Rush-Levine takes you into her middle school classroom and shares the strategies and techniques she uses with her students to deepen their reflection and understanding of books while conferring. (Course created in 2018.)
Gradual Release of the Primary Classroom Library
Bitsy Parks takes you into her primary classroom for a close-up look at how she organizes and then gradually releases the library to students over days, weeks, and months. (Course created in 2018.)
Honoring Our Students’ Stories
Stella Villalba teaches us how to discover, honor, and share student stories throughout the school year. With special attention to English learners, Stella walks educators through a process to intentionally honor the past and present of all students.
Elementary Contributor Course: Empower Choice
Choice Literacy elementary contributors share ways to empower choice even in uncertain times like the 2020–2021 school year. We know choice is the heart of teaching readers and writers. Enjoy this roundup of practices to hold true to our roots of choice, even in the midst of chaos. (Course created in 2021.)
Secondary Contributor Course: Empower Choice
Choice Literacy secondary contributors share ways to empower choice even in uncertain times like the 2020–2021 school year. We know choice is at the heart of teaching readers and writers. Enjoy this roundup of practices to hold true to our roots of choice, even in the midst of chaos. (Course created in 2021.)
Leigh Anne Eck
Virtual Coaching: Leading Groups
In this course, experienced literacy coaches led by Ruth Ayres share their strategies for adapting their coaching techniques to remote environments.
Virtual Coaching: Working with Individuals
Experienced literacy coaches led by Ruth Ayres share their strategies for adapting their one-on-one coaching techniques to remote environments.
Better Student Feedback
In this course, Ruth Ayres shares a wealth of resources from Choice Literacy contributors focused on the power of giving and receiving student feedback.
General Workshop Routines
This field experience invites us to consider the routines of opening the day, workshop norms, meeting areas, and transitions to make workshop run smoothly.
The Classroom Tours Field Experience cracks open classroom design and goes beyond more than a trendy space. Spend time noticing the details that reflect beliefs and influence instruction.
Social-Emotional Learning in Workshop
Compassion and understanding are as important to workshop instruction as strategies and routines. Understanding the social-emotional needs of students (and ourselves) allows for safe learning environments. This field experience gives consideration to the social-emotional needs of students in all grade levels.
Supporting Independent Reading, Choice, and Stamina
Learning to choose books and growing stamina are important steps in the development of independent readers. This field experience offers opportunities to see small-group instruction, a share session, minilessons, and team meetings that support independence in readers.
Writer's notebooks are important tools for writers. This field experience showcases how elementary teachers use notebooks with young students.
Small-Group Reading Instruction
Small-group reading instruction is an important part of elementary literacy. This field experience is a sampling of a variety of examples.
This field experience focuses on kindergarten writers. Spend time with the youngest writers, and you will be mesmerized by their writing processes.
Craft Moves for Elementary Writers
This field experience invites us to consider a handful of craft moves to teach young writers in minilessons, conferences, and share sessions.
Book Talks to Empower Independent Reading
Finding books they want to read is at the heart of students becoming powerful, independent readers. This field experience chronicles the way book talks put books into adolescents’ hands that have them begging for more independent reading time.
Picture Books and Older Students
The value of picture books with secondary students is often questioned. This field experience allows insight into the depth and power of picture books for adolescents.
Choice Literacy Book Club
Welcome to the Choice Literacy Book Club! We're glad you're here! Check out the first session for more information about the Choice Literacy Book Club. (This is a club, not a course. The Choice Literacy Book Club began in February 2021.)
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