Professional Learning Opportunities for Educators

Summer 2018

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WordGen and STARI Institutes move from Harvard to California for 2018!

Previously hosted by Harvard University, this year's events will be in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Register by March 31 for early bird pricing!

Research-based and practice-driven.

Word Generation (grades 4–8) and STARI (grades 6–9) are independent sister programs that build core reading and academic literacy skills. They actively engage students in discussions of cognitively challenging content aligned to the Common Core and other 21st century standards. Research-based and practice-driven, the programs have produced significant gains in rigorous studies.

Free open educational resources.

The program materials for students and teachers are available as free downloads on the SERP website.

Sessions will be led by renowned professors including Catherine Snow (Harvard University), Lowry Hemphill (Wheelock College), and Cathy O’Connor (Boston University) as well as by experienced teachers and coaches.

Sessions will include:

  • Background on each program’s theory of action and research base
  • Review of instructional components
  • Hands-on learning opportunities for program practices
  • Guidance on how to implement each program at your school

Who should attend:

  • Literacy Directors looking for high-quality, affordable, research-based programs that support struggling readers to meet 21st century standards
  • Literacy Coaches and Professional Developers looking for well-designed approaches to improving the quality of classroom instruction
  • Teachers looking for programs that are designed to address the challenges of today’s classrooms, while supporting students to reach the rising expectations of new standards

Word Generation Summer Institute

July 30 & 31

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Newly added:
Introduction to Coaching Word Generation

August 1

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STARI Summer Institute

August 1 - 3

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New this year!

Introduction to WordGen Coaching
August 1

An additional day dedicated to coaching Word Generation is available for those interested in coaching the program (either elementary or weekly). This session will focus on the dimensions of high quality WordGen classrooms, effective teacher collaboration, and the particular challenges the program presents for schools, teachers, and students, and how to address them.

More about Word Generation and STARI:

Word Generation

Tier 1 Academic Language & Literacy Program

Word Generation is a set of Tier 1, research-based curricular resources designed for use across content areas in grades 4–8. It places heavy emphasis on 21st century learning goals, including academic language, argumentation, analytic reasoning, reading to find evidence, oral discussion, and writing. Each unit introduces 5–10 high-utility academic focus words and begins with an engaging text that presents multiple perspectives on a high-interest topic. Much of the learning comes from carefully scaffolded academic discussion and debate, providing students opportunities to use the focus words in multiple contexts, draw on accumulated knowledge, and to apply new knowledge. Word Generation promotes the development of academic vocabulary and deep text comprehension required for success on standardized assessments. It also boosts the quantity and quality of discussion—a proven contributor to increased student learning.

Visit Word Generation Website.

Strategic Adolescent Reading Intervention

Tier 2 Adolescent Reading Intervention

The Strategic Adolescent Reading Intervention (STARI) is a literature-focused, Tier 2 intervention for adolescents in grades 6–9 who are two or more years behind grade level. The curriculum addresses fluency, word study, and comprehension, aiming to move struggling students to higher levels of proficiency at the end of one year. STARI provides structured support for struggling readers, while focusing on engaging topics that build background knowledge and require grade-level reasoning. Each unit is accompanied by a full-length novel and a selection of poetry, short stories, and/or nonfiction. Texts vary in genre and complexity and expose students to realistic reading demands for secondary school. Students compile evidence and build perspective-taking skills with structured classroom discussions and debates. In a rigorous randomized trial, students significantly improved word recognition, vocabulary, morphology, fluency, and deep comprehension.

Visit STARI Website.

Word Generation Summer Institute (July 30 & 31):

Early Bird: $825

​After March 31: $975

STARI Summer Institute (August 1 - 3):

Early Bird: $975

​After March 31: $1175

Both Summer Institutes (July 30 - August 3):

Early Bird: $1700

​After March 31: $1875

Introduction to Word Generation Coaching (August 1):

Early Bird: $450

​After March 31: $500

Venue:

San Mateo County Office of Education

14 miles south of San Francisco, CA

Registration limited to 50: First come, first served

Coffee and lunch are included. Travel and accommodations are not arranged by the event organizers, but nearby hotel options can be recommended. We recommend securing airline tickets and accommodations promptly.

 

 

Please contact Avery Jones with any questions.

ajones@serpinstitute.org

(202) 223-8555