Grade Level(s): 2nd – 12th
Description: How might we move tasks into meaningful conversations and thinking? Enbrighten is a toolkit of evidence-based comprehension strategies that general and special educators can use together to develop student engagement, 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 offers 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 9, 2017 (11:00 am – 3:15 pm), October 23, 2017 (4:30-7:30 pm), December 4, 2017 (4:30-7:30 pm) and March 20, 2018 (4:30-7:30 pm)
Location: Oakland Schools Main Building
Classroom Labs for Implementation Support: Designed for past Enbrighten Series learners looking to refine their implementation and for educators interested in learning more about Enbrighten from Oakland County colleagues.
FALL– November 2, 2017
SPRING– March 27, 2018
Location: Oakland County School TBD
Presenter(s): Julie Rains and Erika Lusky, Rochester Community Schools
Contact Person: Kimberly Cannon, 248.209.2435, Kimberly.Cannon@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.”