Are you NEW to the Teaching profession, NEW to Washington, DC or NEW to Common Core-aligned curriculum? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, OSSE invites you to join “Meeting You in the Middle: New Teacher Community of Practice”. To kick off the year, “NEW”, Middle School ELA general and special education teachers serving grades 5-8, will engage in seven learning opportunities designed to improve practice, engage in implementing research and evidence-based best practices for literacy instruction, and get tools and resources for non-content based classroom needs. By the end of the cohort, participants will:
- possess and in-depth grounding in standards to guide instructional planning and student learning experiences,
- analyze summative assessment writing tasks to inform instructional planning,
- develop rigorous, engaging learning opportunities that are accessible to all learners
- understand how trauma impacts students learning and gain the tools to support students
- develop transferable cognitive skills to access grade-level texts and tasks,
- understand the Response to Intervention framework to provide tiered supports within the classroom, and
- engage in reflection and feedback processes to improve student outcomes and instruction.
Teachers will leave the Community of Practice (CoP) with a toolbox of resources to support student learning and improve instructional practice. The CoP will meet bi-weekly on Thursday and include four face-to-face and three web-based engagements. The meeting dates and locations are below:
- Session 1: ELA Content - Thursday, Jan. 9, 4-5:30 p.m. at Kelly-Miller Middle School
- Session 2: RtI 101 - Thursday, Jan. 23, 3:30-5 p.m. via online webinar with Angela Awonaike
- Session 3: ELA Content - Thursday, Feb. 6, 4-5:30 p.m. at Kelly-Miller Middle School
- Session 4: ELA Content - Thursday, Feb. 20, 4-5:30 p.m. at Kelly-Miller Middle School
- Session 5: Teaching ALL Learners - Thursday, March 5, 3:30-5 p.m. via online webinar with Jennifer Carpenter
- Session 6: Trauma Informed Best Practices - Thursday, March 19, 3:30-5 p.m. via online webinar with Kristian Lenderman and Nakanya Magby
- Session 7: ELA Content/close-out - Thursday, March 26, 3:30-5 p.m. at Kelly-Miller Middle School
Participants in the CoP will have the opportunity to receive twelve Professional Learning Units (PLUs). Participants will also receive technical assistance in conjunction with the sessions. Space is limited to 16 teachers; therefore, early registration is strongly encouraged. Attendance at all seven sessions is mandatory to receive PLUs; more information will be provided at the first meeting on Jan. 9.
For questions, please contact Ashleigh Tillman at [email protected].