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Tackling Text Structures: A Nontraditional Approach
Few could argue the importance of understanding text structure. When it comes to reading, having a grasp of structure will help a reader’s brain focus in on the important aspects of a text, helping to connect points and enhancing comprehension. For writing, being able to effectively choose and apply the appropriate text structure for the purpose … Continue reading Tackling Text Structures: A Nontraditional Approach
The Xtreme Librarian Spreads the Love of Reading!
“School libraries are where it all begins. They are the opportunity to know yourself and to develop the great habit of reading. No matter what you are interested in there’s a book waiting for you and it starts in that place.” John Schumacher (http://mrschureads.blogspot.com/) We all know reading is important.  In fact, students who don’t read proficiently by … Continue reading The Xtreme Librarian Spreads the Love of Reading!

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3/14
Identifying & Serving Diverse High Potential Learners

This workshop is designed for principals and other district administrators interested in exploring ways to identify and serve high potential students from populations underrepresented among your high achievers. Specifically, we will focus on ELL and former ELL students, other culturally and linguistically diverse students, and those living in poverty. Within the new ESSA framework, we will consider new possibilities for accessing Title I and Title II funds to provide professional development that includes the basics of identification of diverse high potential students and minimal cost options for meeting their needs.

Elementary Principals click here for more information
Secondary Principals click here for more informaiton

3/15
Understanding, Engaging & Challenging Diverse Gifted Learners (K-12)

What does the gifted identification tell us about students' learning needs? How does this differ with culturally and linguistically diverse gifted students? Understanding how instruction can be modified to address the many shades of giftedness helps us develop services that fit our students' distinctive needs. With a focus on culturally and linguistically diverse gifted students, participants will learn why, when, and how to differentiate instruction, increase complexity, and challenge all gifted learners in any setting.

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3/8
West Michigan Early Literacy Leadership Symposium
Featuring Dr. Richard Allington

Symposium participants will have the opportunity to differentiate their learning by selecting breakout sessions that are most appropriate for them.

During the breakouts, attendees will:
-Review and understand the Early Literacy Essentials
-Understand the findings of the Reading Now Network
-Collaborate and Network with other literacy leaders who are in similar demographic areas/situations
-Create an action plan for improving literacy in their school

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