CREST Fall 2018 Round Table Discussions
How to Cultivate a Deep Understanding and Sustained Implementation of the New TEKS: Fund Classroom Libraries and Invest in Teacher Expertise
Clear Creek ISD
With the new TEKS designed for recursive literacy instruction, a commitment to authentic literacy resources and teacher expertise as readers and writers themselves is crucial. In this session, we discuss how curating high-quality engaging classroom libraries and teaching teachers how to use them for frontline instruction will lead to enriched learning and greater student outcomes through authentic reading and writing practices.
Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking: A Collaborative Literacy Approach to the New TEKS
Dawn L Castilleja
Center for the Collaborative Classroom
The use of cooperative structures in the classroom assures that students are reading, writing, speaking and listening in an authentic and integrated manner. Participants reflect on how a collaborative literacy approach to instruction supports teachers in unpacking the new TEKS.
Partnering with Your Curriculum: Supporting Teacher Literacy Learning
Marisa Ramirez Stukey, Ph.D.
Center for the Collaborative Classroom
Often, instructional material selection is divorced from ongoing professional learning outside of an initial orientation to the materials. In this session, we will explore the deep body of research linking the curriculum that students engage in each day with the professional learning of teachers. Explore ways schools and districts have developed their criteria for selecting quality literacy materials that support instructional change and how to focus the professional learning within those materials.
Get the Write Stuff: Tips & Tools to Teach Writing
Whether you teach writing via workshop or process, this session will give tips and tools to teach writing in the K-5 classroom, with the new TEKS in mind.
Teach to the TEK and Reach for the STAAR!
Carmen Chavira and Terri Barragan
All Grade Levels
Participants will learn how to improve low performing standards by teaching to the TEK! Often times we look at the data and identify the low scoring standards, and then what? What's the next step? What do we do with the information? Attendees will engage in an easy visual activity geared toward building a common learning field among master and novice teachers as they plan their units with the mindset of data and standard driven instruction. This easy to use graphic organizer will clarify any misconceptions about the TEKS and how to address them, making the PLC and planning time effective. Participants will walk away with a systematic approach to address difficult TEKS and improve on the state mandated exam. Teach to the TEK and the test will take care of itself!
Handwriting: A Building Block of Literacy
Dr. Elizabeth DeWitt
Learning Without Tears
How can you drive academic success across all content areas? As a supervisor, it's challenging to impact every subject area. What if one block of literacy could change the course of a child's educational future? ( each participant will receive an instructional resource)
Location: Mountain Laurel
Super Spellers: Spelling Instruction That Builds Reading, Writing, and Spelling Skills
Discover the importance of spelling for reading achievement and learn about the “brain dictionary,” a neural network critical for fluent reading. Discuss four powerful spelling strategies that students can use to spell unknown words while writing. Then practice engaging and efficient student activities that align with these strategies. Experience two strategy aligned word-study centers and consider a narrower, but deeper and richer, weekly spelling list. Every aspect of this round table is in service to improving students' reading, writing, and spelling skills, especially for those who struggle.
Location: Del Valle
Academic Oracy: Inspiring Student Talk
Sachse High School
Round table participants will build their understanding of the role that text-dependent questioning plays to inspire student talk and explore how text-dependent questions are specifically tied to the TEKS. Strategies for developing effective text-dependent questions that move from comprehension to analysis and are grounded in textual evidence will be shared.
Meaningful Education: The Journey into Literacy for English Learners
Shelley Wright, Ed.D.
In this round table presentation we will navigate the concept of "meaningful education" as it relates to the English Learners (ELs) in our English Language Arts classes. We will dive into how we can excel as educators in a way that it is meaningful to students, especially those who speak languages other than English. No matter what proficiency level our students are at (beginning, intermediate, advanced or advanced high), we can make a difference. This session will explore the importance of the domains of second language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Join this exciting journey into engaging literacy strategies!
Are You Future Ready to Write?
Audience: All Grade Levels
Writing is fundamental to everything we do, regardless of age or stage. Helping our students see beyond the 26 lines of a state assessment requires purposeful scaffolding. Come experience new ways to enhance writing instruction, encourage writing in multi-modalities, foster creative communication, and leverage authentic reflection to make sure your students are Future Ready, inside the classroom and beyond.
Round Table Materials