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Curriculum Design & Integrating the Social Studies Frameworks – July, 2015

Assessment Resources: Formative Assessment Resource – Dr. Okal-Frink’s Blog Assessment Mini-Tutorial Types of Assessment Resource and links to more specific assessment information   Social Studies Resources: link to the Social Studies page C3 Framework and the Toolkit Project link   Science – Next Generation Standards Next Generation Science Website  

Providing Growth Producing Feedback fro Student Writing – July 9, 2015

For more information about content area writing: Content Area Writing: Every Teacher’s Guide Harvey Daniels (Heinemann) Michigan Department of State Education – Writing Across the Curriculum    Better Writing Feedback post

Close Read Collegial Circle March 19. 2015

Vocabulary Resources: – creates a visual concept map of a word or phrase – create your own list or choose from existing lists for students to practice on-line – Academic Word Lists by grade level, hip-hop videos and accompanying activities Academic word interactive website Marzano – List of Tier 2 & 3 …

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Setting Goals and Analyzing Student Work – Winter 2014-2015

Article on Teaching Vocabulary ( Florida Online Reading Development – Research and Teaching Practices Vocabulary Development Vocabulary Resources (

Close Read Design Institute

Notecatcher Files: Previewing text and photos Chapter Book – Toliver’s Secret chap 1 Chapter Book Toliver’s Secret chap 2 Chapter Book – Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Chapter Book – The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Double Journal Entry – Mercury Men    

Instructional Coaching Institute – 2014-2015

 November 20, 2015 Resources: Session Evaluation Session Documents: Session 3 workpacket Station 1:  The Big Four The Big Four Station handout electronic version link to video #1 – Jim Knight on The Big Four Additional Resource: link to Jim Knight’s “Manuals for The Big Four”   Station 2:  The Partnership Principles Partnership Principles Station handout …

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Launching Writing Workshop – August 27, 2014

Here are the links to files from the workshop.  Please email me at if you need anything else. Suggested Lesson Sequence for Launching Writing Workshop handout Ppt – Launching Writing Workshop Fishbowl protocol directions SMART goal template Educational Leadership Article – The End of the Never Ending Line, by Steven Levy Assignment to Assessment …

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The Student Centered Classroom: Using Protocols to Deepend Students’ Knowledge August 13, 2014

Here are links to files used in the workshop.  Please email me if you need anything else! Heart of Matter_Graphic organizer chalk talk notes 8.13.14 Save_the_Last_Word_for_Me_Template_Thinkquiry1   Links from Getting Them to Talk:  A Guide to Leading Discussions in Middle Grades Classrooms  Susan Edwards Once you click on this link, you will have links for: …

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Developing Quality Close Reading Lessons and TDQ in Informational Texts – July 16, 2014

  Here are documents from the workshop.  Please let me know if you need anything else! previewing text notecatchers get the gist -10 words get the gist template sections of text template – Analysis of the Knowledges Close Read and TDQ non fiction template article – Mercury Men – numbered article – Mercuy Men (no …

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Setting Goals in Balanced Literacy June 30 and July 1, 2014

Please let me know if there isn’t something listed here that you would like sent to you electronically.   Workshop Notes: Anchor chart characterization June 30 2014 Anchor chart characterization July 1 2014 I can statements 6.30.14 I can statements 7.1.14   Workshop Documents: Text Dependent Question Bank (left out of resource packet) Lesson plan …

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