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ELA

STAFF DEVELOPMENT

ELA: TECHNOLOGY TOOLS TO TARGET THE FOUR LANGUAGE DOMAINS

Focus:   T-TESS Domains 1 and 2

With the number of English language learners (ELLs) increasing almost every year, it is important to provide multiple opportunities for students to practice the four language domains as assessed in TELPAS. Teachers will learn ways to incorporate tools that allow students to engage in meaningful discussion with classmates. Through thoughtful lesson planning, teachers will devise a way to help students practice their listening, speaking reading and writing skills throughout the year.

ELA: DESIGNED APPROACH TO LESSON PLANNING WITH NEARPOD

Focus:   T-TESS Domain 1 and 2

With Nearpod, teachers will be able to create presentations and lessons for their students that can be launched live or sent to students to be seen at their pace. Teachers will learn to create a lesson from scratch and then import one from MS Ppt or Google Slides. Teachers will learn to make their lessons far more interactive by adding activities, links to webpages, and videos. By learning to use Nearpod, teachers will also be able to browse from 1000s of free or paid lessons and customize the lessons to fit his/her needs.

ELA: TECHNOLOGY TOOLS FOR THE READING CLASSROOM

Focus:   T-TESS Domains 2 and 3

With this training, teachers will be able to chose from a variety of Web 2.0 tools that enhance overall reading comprehension. From formative assessment and reflective reasoning to publishing a movie trailer or web page, teachers will leave this training with a drive full of resources to increase literacy in the reading classroom. Every tools offers the opportunity for students to demonstrate mastery and comprehension through the design and development of an innovative product.

ELA:  STUDENT JOURNAL WITH SEESAW

Focus:   T-TESS Domains 1, 2, and 3

In order to provide evidence of students’ academic growth for T-TESS, teachers can Seesaw: The Online Portfolio and share a link with their appraiser. Teachers will learn to use Seesaw to assign, grade and provide feedback, while connecting with parents and administrators. Students build their online portfolio and provides a safe place for students to further develop their 21st Century Skills, such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking and problem solving. Seesaw will become a teacher’s go to app - guaranteed!

ELA: PAPERLESS CLASSROOM WITH TECHNOLOGY TOOLS

Focus:   T-TESS Domains 1,2, and 3

The amount of paperwork can be overwhelming to any teacher - new or experienced. However, with this training, teachers will be able to eliminate - almost completely - the need for paper. From scanning documents into PDFs to sharing and collaborating in Google Docs, teachers will be able to chose from apps that can literally turn any classroom into a paperless classroom.

ELA:  READING AND WRITING AN INTEGRATED APPROACH

Focus:   T-TESS Domains 1, 2, and 3

Teaching writing in isolation is not producing good results.  The National Center for Education Statistics published its results of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) for writing in grades 8th and 12th, only 27% of the nation’s 8th graders perform at or above the proficient level.  It is time to rethink how we teach writing.  Teachers will learn how to engage students and increase their writing skills through a reading and writing approach.

ELA:  TEACHING THE WRITING PROCESS

Focus:   T-TESS Domains 1, 2, and 3

Our 4th and 7th grade students are showing little to no improvement in writing year after year and their STAAR scores are illustrating a similar narrative. Writing distributions on the STAAR exam show students at a “2”, however, when we empower our teachers with the right approach to the same-old readiness standards  - we will see a more analytical and mindful group of students who are not just ready for the test, but who are ready for college and career success.  Join us as we journey through the writing process and increase scores from “2’s to 3’s and 4’s.

ELA:  MODEL TEXTS

Focus:   T-TESS Domains 1, 2, and 3

Never hesitate to imitate another writer.  Imitation is part of the creative process for anyone learning an art or craft.  Bach and Picasso didn’t spring full-blown as Bach and Picasso, they needed models.   This is especially true of writing.  –William Zinsser  

Using model texts, teachers will help students explore and apply the techniques great writers use.

ELA Education Specialists

F. Garcia              M.Ed.

O. Lopez              M.Ed.

L. Mendiola        M.Ed.