Objectives
2017 Networking Conference: Connecting Teachers and Leaders to Transform Literacy and Mathematics Instruction

General information

Strands and Objectives:

Strand 1: A Framework for Content-Based Literacy

Workshop sessions will:

  • Focus on content-based literacy assignments as essential components for student mastery of state literacy and content standards and for fostering students as independent learners.
  • Involve learning to use the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) framework to create and teach multi-day literacy-based assignments in English language arts, science, social studies, fine arts, and career and technical education courses. 
Strand 2: A Framework for a Balanced Approach to Mathematics

Workshop sessions will:

  • Focus on using the Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC) framework, including formative assessment lessons (FALs), to deepen students’ mathematical understanding, reasoning, and skills to solve abstract and real-world problems.
  • Involve engaging students in a productive struggle through a lesson cycle process that results in student-centered learning.
Strand 3: From Framework to Best Practice

Workshop sessions will:

  • Examine how to transform student learning experiences by embedding the best practices of the LDC framework into daily instruction. Literacy sessions will highlight teachers who have transformed their daily instruction by engaging students in reading grade-level texts for their discipline and demonstrating content mastery through conversation and written products authentic to the academic and professional discipline.
  • Explore how to transform student learning experiences by embedding the best practices of the MDC framework into daily instruction. Mathematics sessions will highlight teachers who have transformed their daily instruction by using student data from formative assessments to re-engage students in learning activities to meet grade-level standards and by planning to teach differently so students demonstrate greater understanding of math content in the next unit of instruction.
Strand 4: Coaching and Leading Change

Workshop sessions will:

  • Emphasize building leadership capacity within classrooms, schools and districts to sustain long-term support for teachers’ instructional shifts that will advance students’ academic gains.
  • Enable school and district leaders to use teacher observation tools, examine artifacts, and provide teachers effective feedback to support instructional shifts that engage students in content-based literacy assignments and in math assignments that advance their reasoning, understanding of content, and ability to solve conceptual and real-world problems.
Strand 5: Culture of Collaboration

Workshop sessions will:

  • Examine learning environments that promote effective teaching through meaningful collaboration and ongoing professional learning.
  • Showcase teachers of common content as well as in different disciplines who collaborate around literacy-based assignments to further their own professional learning.
  • Highlight mathematics teachers who collaborate to meet students’ immediate learning needs based on data and to further their own professional learning.
Strand 6: Instructional Innovations

Workshop sessions will:

  • Feature innovative practices that incorporate an intentional use of tools or technologies that personalize and enhance student learning and understanding of content.