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Our Words Matter: Intentionally Uplifting Student Voices

This PD2Go focuses on intentionally uplifting student voices by pairing an article by Becca Burk and a conference with Dana Murphy. Becca Burk reflects on the power of intentional language...

Reimagining Reading Logs

Reading logs are a part of many classrooms. This session carves out space for teachers to consider the purpose of reading logs. Clare Landrigan makes the comparison between reading logs and running logs in a demonstration lesson. A choice of articles is given for participants to think more deeply about the purpose of reading logs.

Onward! Reflection and Goal-Setting

Reflective practice and goal-setting are important practices for educators. Jen Schwanke leads the way in encouraging a positive mindset and reflective practice anchored in gratitude. When paired with Jaz Ampaw-Farr‘s...

Developing a Scholarly Voice

Many students use a casual voice in formal writing. Christy Rush-Levine shares how to help student writers understand and develop a scholarly tone. Planning Resources Click here to download the...

Supporting Sophisticated Book Club Conversations

Support sophisticated Book Club Conversations by pairing a minilesson about building on conversation by Dana Murphy with an article about fostering cultural awareness by Gretchen Schroeder.

“Who I Am” Early in the Year

ARTICLE: Tara Barnett and Kate Mills start with the poem “Where I’m From” to build community through literacy at the start of the year. VIDEO: Katie Doherty leads her sixth-grade...

Better Family Communication

Gigi McAllister gives a brief explanation of how her thinking on goal setting has changed, as well as the ways in which she uses student goals to connect with parents. Max Brand shares strategies for helping parents talk with students.

Building Identity and Community

Katherine Sokolowski shares a wall display from her fifth graders that students build to celebrate who they are and people they love from home. The reading is from Suzy Kaback, explaining the value of an "All About Us" board in classrooms.

Middle School Book Recommendations

Katie Doherty meets with her sixth-grade students who will be sharing their book recommendations to the class.

Assessing Learning in Middle School Book Clubs

Katie Doherty talks about the links between strategy lessons and book club work in her sixth-grade classroom. Katie also sits in on a book club discussion.

Shared Reading and Annotation in Sixth Grade

Gretchen Taylor meets with three sixth graders for a small-group conference. She begins with information that she gathered from a Google Doc about their annotation process and supports their development of strategies to better understand the book, The Outsiders.

Inferring Read Aloud

In this whole-group minilesson, sixth-grade teacher Katie Doherty uses the book Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge to have the students listen and chart their clues, schema and resulting inference.

Conferring About Inferring

Katie confers with two middle school students after the inferring minilesson as they practice the strategy by annotating and discussing inferences in their picture books.

Middle School Book Clubs: Introduction

In this video we see Katie Doherty's middle schoolers conducting book clubs in heterogeneous groups discussing books of their own choosing. Katie shares her successes and challenges with book clubs.

Middle School Book Clubs: Response Options

Katie Doherty explains the options for response as students finish their books in book clubs. She meets with the readers of Sahara Special by Esme Raji Codell and discusses their plan for response.

Claiming a Reading Identity

Keeping excitement for the next book to read can be a challenge. This session offers two ideas to sustain energy for independent reading. Melissa Quimby shares a creative and practical idea for students to name their reading identities. Christy Rush-Levine offers a tried-and-true practice of offering book talks so students can create a robust "To Be Read" list.

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