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Workshop: The Tech Savvy Literacy Teacher January 29 - February 9, 2014

Format: Online Course
Grade(s): K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Topic(s): Teaching Writing, Digital Literacy, Teaching Reading, Teacher Study Groups

It’s easy to get lost among the new gadgets, software and web resources for young readers and writers.  Many are shiny objects best to ignore, but some are incredible tools for helping students become more skilled and independent. 

This intensive 12-day course will jumpstart your learning about technology, with an introduction to scores of resources and videos of children at work you'll want to explore throughout the spring and summer. Franki Sibberson will help participants align thoughtful reading and writing instruction with the best of the free and low-cost web-based resources available for teachers.  This 12-day course will also focus on how technology is changing the ways we all access and use texts in our daily lives in fundamental ways, and what that might mean in our classrooms.  You’ll leave this practical, hands-on class with dozens of new links, resources and tools for integrating technology into your literacy program.

This online course is taught as a series of three modules, with each module including a webcast with Franki. These webcasts are pre-recorded, to allow participants to view (and review) them at convenient times. Students can chat with Franki and classmates between sessions through the closed class discussion board, where many additional resources will be shared.

Topics to be discussed include:

Book Previewing in the Internet Age -- Resources to help readers of all ages become more independent and thoughtful in making book choices.

Building an Online Writing Community -- We'll explore the power of online writing, including ways to connect your students with others throughout the country and world.

Renewal with Technology -- We'll delve into the importance of using tools yourself, especially social media for informal professional development. 

Connecting with Authors -- There are a wealth of resources on the web to help connect students with authors in personal and meaningful ways.

The course fee of $295 includes all three webcasts, an online discussion forum with personal response from Franki to questions, concerns, and practice activities in classrooms, The Right Book at the Right Time DVD of Franki in action with students (a $159 value), Franki's latest book The Joy of Planning, a one-month subscription to Choice Literacy for nonmembers, and all course materials. Choice Literacy members receive a discount of $50 off the $295 list price -- just be sure to log in before checking out and your discount will be noted in your shopping cart.

Franki Sibberson is the author of many books and videos for teachers, including Beyond Leveled Books and Day-to-Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop (both with Karen Szymusiak).  She writes a popular children's literature blog, A Year of Reading, with Mary Lee Hahn.

Testimonials from participants in Franki Sibberson's workshops last year: 

This workshop was exactly what I was looking for to improve my reading instruction!  Wonderful tips with fabulous books given to us that I will use in my classroom right away.  What a wonderful surprise.

                                                            Deb Hanewich

Franki did a great job connecting fiction and nonfiction units to themes, inferring, and predicting.

                                                       Lisa Altham-Hickey

Franki has me chomping at the bit to get back to school and get started.  I loved the explanation of how planning should be done -- how it makes sense and the lack of numbers or graphs needed to do it.

                                                                     Pat Geller

Truthfully, I'd go to any Choice Literacy Workshop.  Every one is fabulous.

                                                      Betsy Joseph

It was all wonderful -- great pace, fantastic presenter, good variety, so helpful.  Thank you!

                                               Beverly Gallagher

Choice Literacy is such an exciting group of professionals -- having real lessons shared, and seeing the videos of the ideas in action was invaluable.  What amazing treats and books!

                                                     Jennifer Peacock


I love being able to hear leaders in the literacy field share -- these are the people I looking up to, and read their books and blogs.  The workshop is so helpful with ideas teachers can take and use right away, but we also receive many ideas for reflection.

                                                             Diane Donat

This workshop was very fast-paced and extremely helpful.  I had only heard great things about Franki and expected it to be a terrific day -- and it was!

                                                     Kathy Provost

Franki explained step by step how to expand our teaching with a particular strategy using different books and minilessons, moving from simple to more complex strategies.  Franki is so informative, funny, and you can tell she loves what she does.  What an outstanding workshop!  So much information.

                                                              Debbie Dailey

This is my second Choice Literacy workshop and both were fabulous.  Franki was great!

                                               Andrea Bell

Franki's vast knowledge of books, her energy, her up to date research . . . it all made the day fly by.  She makes me pause and think in new ways about my teaching.

                                            Mary Johnson

Choice Literacy and Lead Literacy members receive a $50 discount off the $295 course fee. Just be sure to log into your membership account before checkout to receive the discount.

Franki Sibberson

Franki Sibberson is the Lead Contributor for Choice Literacy. She has worked for over 30 years as a teacher at different grade levels and school librarian. Franki is the co-author with Karen Szymusiak of many books and videos on teaching reading in the intermediate grades. You can keep up with Franki on the popular blog she writes with Mary Lee Hahn, A Year of Reading.

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