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A Message from Gretchen
Dear Friends,

Remember when the summer meant parties in the yard, family and friends and laughing, freedom from worry for a little while? This summer has been full of change, uncertainty, and tension. In the old days, the mapmakers would get to the edge of their known world and write “Beyond this, there be dragons.” As teachers and parents, our most sacred priorities involve the health and well-being of our families and students. It’s never been more important for us to listen. To everything we deem worthy. To each other, to the best available information, and to our own guts. We must listen as we navigate beyond the edge of the map in the coming months.
Here’s how we’re navigating. We’ve received many inquiries about summer workshops, and though we had to cancel every in-person workshop in the near future, I’m excited to announce that we are launching something useful, a series of six-hour workshops demonstrating practical, kid-friendly ways to merge reading and writing. My team and I have put our heads together to sculpt the best possible learning situation. Each six-hour session is presented as two-hour bites over three days, which we think is humane. I will be presenting at all of the sessions, along with some of my team members. We promise it will NOT be talking heads, but really interactive. We will do some reading together, some writing together, sharing, the works. Barry Lane is planning to drop by and share his brand of joy. 
Maureen Uclés has graciously agreed to present ¡Andale Ya!, her very popular workshop for teachers of bilingual classes. Presented in Spanish, ¡Andale Ya! is a 12-hour session. I will be there too, pero no presentere por que yo no hablo enough espanol para entiender todos las palabras. Maureen es muy mas preparado y fuerte.  

So no matter where you’re working, we’re right here with you. Keep yourselves and your precious children safe, and don’t hesitate to call on us. 

Starting with the Basics: Writing from the Heart

Monday, July 13 - Wednesday, July 15
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Learn how to get students writing meaningful pieces from the heart, using “unsent messages” and designing additional unsent messages. This workshop focuses most on engagement, sound routine practices, and social-emotional wellness through writing to actual people. The writing structures will come from surprising sources from American history.

Click here for details and registration!

¡Ándale ya! Let’s Go!

with Maureen Uclés
Monday, July 20 - Thursday, July 23
8:30 - 11:30 am

Aligned with the most recent state standards, ¡Andale Ya! Let’s Go! is a complete curriculum guide for fourth grade bilingual Spanish writing classrooms. Based on the work of Gretchen Bernabei, the author, Maureen Uclés, wrote this program for her own bilingual classroom.

Even though this guide is designed for the 4th grade classroom, ¡Andale Ya! can be easily adjusted to use in grades 3 through 8.

This workshop will be in English and Spanish. Participants will experience how to incorporate daily teaching of spelling, grammar, and composition in the bilingual or dual language classroom. Cross linguistic connections will be shared.

Este taller de ¡Ándale ya! Let’s Go! será presentado en inglés y español. Los participantes aprenderán como manejar la enseñanza en el aula bilingüe o lenguaje dual. Los maestros también aprenderán a como enseñar a diario la ortografía, la gramática y composición de una manera interactiva y efectiva.

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Using Fairy Tales for STAAR

Monday, July 20 - Wednesday, July 22
9:00 - 11:00 am

In this hands-on session, you will learn how to use truisms to teach theme, both for analyzing readings and for developing essays.

Participants will use “Snow White and Rose Red” for close reading techniques, for thematic development, and for strategies for answering multiple choice questions. You will also learn how to use the featured strategy: Stemology.

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Grammar Keepers

Monday, July 27 - Wednesday, July 29
9:00 - 11:00 am

In this session, teachers will discover that mastery of grammar concepts develops naturally when students use their own journal writing as a launching point. Students will learn grammar, spelling, and usage skills easily by practicing and proving them daily without ever using a worksheet.

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Using Nursery Rhymes for Reading and Writing in Early Grades

Monday, July 27 - Wednesday, July 29
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Presenting ground-breaking strategies for early learners in Pre-K through 3rd grade, this book will use nursery rhymes to introduce structure and organization to the youngest of writers. Bring real writing into the primary classroom!

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Text Structures from Poetry: Reading and Writing Together

Monday, August 3 - Wednesday, August 5
9:00 - 11:00 am

Are you looking for enjoyable, concrete ways to weave reading and writing together in one class period? How can poetry lessons give a leg-up to your STAAR reading and writing scores?

With 50 classroom-proven lesson and poem pairs, these unique and engaging lessons show educators how to “pop the hood” on a poem to discover what makes it work, using text structures to unlock the “engine” of a poem. This method enables educators to engage students in reading and re-reading a poem closely, to identify how the parts of the poem relate to each other to create movement, and to leverage what they have learned to write their own poems.

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Reading and Writing Using Fables

Monday, August 10 - Wednesday, August 12
9:00 - 11:00 am

We will use fables to write and answer constructed response questions about the plot, characters, setting, themes, and author’s choices. For teachers of grades 3-8, this is new STAAR territory, and this workshop will help simplify that process for teachers and their students.

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