Grade Level(s): 2nd – 12th
Description: How might we move tasks into meaningful conversations and thinking? Please join Erika Lusky, speech-language pathologist, and Julie Rains, special education teacher, for a unique opportunity to develop student engagement, reading comprehension, critical thinking, listening and speaking skills in a collaborative culture of thinking. As featured in Ron Ritchhart’s latest book, Creating Cultures of Thinking, Enbrighten is a framework for scaffolding student interaction and dialogue in any classroom environment. This 4-part series is designed so that participants learn about and practice using the Enbrighten scaffolding tools together, return to school and try them with students, and then come back together as a group to reflect on, share and innovate their own implementation. Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Teacher Consultants, Learning Consultants, Interventionists, Literacy Coaches, At-Risk Coordinators, and Media Specialists who wish to engineer effective discussions and develop the communication skills of their students using narrative and informational text in a culture of thinking are encouraged to join.
Intended Audience: Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Teacher Consultants, Learning Consultants, Interventionists, Literacy Coaches, At-Risk Coordinators, and Media Specialists who support students with IEPs who have communication needs. School building teams of 2 or more are encouraged; Individuals are welcome and will be connected with a support team during the series.
Dates & Times:
4-Part Series: August 10, 2016 (11:00 am – 3:15 pm), October 24, 2016 (4:30-7:30 pm), December 1, 2016 (4:30-7:30 pm) and March 21, 2017 (4:30-7:30 pm)
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Classroom Labs for Implementation Support: November 4, 2016, December 7, 2016, February 16, 2017. Open to past learners who have completed the Enbrighten series.
Presenter(s): Julie Rains and Erika Lusky
Listen to Julie and Erika describe how to build positive interactions and relationships among students during their Lamphere Best Practices Podcast from November, 2015.
Location: Oakland Schools Main Building
Contact Person: Angela Emig, 248.209.2351, Angela.Emig@Oakland.k12.mi.us
“This is a program that is not a program- it’s a variety of ideas that really help develop student thinking. It has been and will continue to be my way forward in looking at text and developing language.”
“Kids really respond to the structure that Enbrighten provides. They have learned how to talk about books, articles, and classroom-based texts. They like sharing ideas, they are engaged, and they are curious!”
“Thank you for bringing the Enbrighten idea to life! This was a great learning experience and I have a toolbox of strategies now that allows me to have flexibility and be creative with scaffolding thinking and comprehension for students.”