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Thursday, November 8 • 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Exploring the Development of Innovative Literacy Professional Development

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Session Description: Attendees will learn about a project designed to document how short, online courses (called micro-courses) can help middle and high school teachers develop and implement instruction that supports students’ abilities to read and write within their academic disciplines. Additionally, attendees will learn how the creation of an interactive online community could provide on-going support for teachers as they engaged with the ideas they learned about in the micro-courses. Finally, attendees will learn how the instruction provided in these mirco- courses helps students grow as readers and writers when it is applied by their teachers.

Session Outcomes: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
1. understand the challenges we have faced in developing our approach to innovative professional development,
2. learn about the the feedback we have received from teachers about our model of professional learning,
3. learn how they can become involved in this professional model of teacher learning.   


Cynthia H. Brock

Cynthia Brock is a professor at the University of Wyoming where she holds the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair in Literacy Education. She taught elementary, middle, and high school for nine years in Oregon, California, Florida and Michigan before returning to graduate... Read More →
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Erin Silcox

Erin was the principal and science teacher at a wilderness therapy residential treatment center for at-risk adolescent males for the past 8 years. She also just finished up the work on a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Literacy Endorsement through the University... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2018 2:30pm - 3:20pm MST
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