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The Story Your English Course Tells

Date: Friday - May 01, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Fieldston Middle School

3901 Fieldston Road
Bronx, NY 10471
Grades 6-12
Speaker: Lauren Porosoff

Audience: English teachers, department chairs, and curriculum coordinators

In each episode of the early 90s TV show Quantum Leap, a time-traveling physicist assumes the identity of a new person, dutifully taking on the challenges of that person’s without knowing how long he’d be there or where he’d go next. Are your students quantum leaping from class to class, unit to unit, dutifully taking on challenges without much awareness of the logic of it all? Is your English course a series of loosely-related episodes, or does it tell a story?

Creating a curriculum means identifying what’s most important for students to learn, and what gets deemed “most important” depends on values. This is a workshop for English teachers interested in learning how to design their courses to tell a meaningful story, using their personal and institutional values as a starting place. The workshop is also for department chairs and administrators looking to lead groups of teachers in curriculum design. It’s “make-and-take,” so you’ll leave with work products you’ll be able to use, as well as methods for designing curriculum in the future.

Registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. The first 10 to register will receive a copy of Curriculum at Your Core: Meaningful Teaching in the Age of Standards (a $28.50 value)

Agenda:

9:00-9:15

Introductions

9:15-10:30

Values that Impact Your Curriculum

  • What values are (and aren’t)
  • Clarifying your values as an English teacher
  • Accounting for multiple sets of values in designing curriculum

10:45-11:45

Assessing What You Value

  • Forms and functions of assessment tasks in an English class
  • Creating assessment tools that serve multiple values

11:45-12:30

Lunch

12:30-1:45

Helping Students Reach Outcomes You Value

  • Avoiding common problems in unit design
  • Planning a values-congruent unit for your English course
  • Creating values-congruent assignments

2:00-2:45

Designing a Values-Congruent Mix of Assessments

  • What it means to serve different values with different assessments
  • Charting the assessment mix in your course

3:00-3:30

Tips for Designing a Values-Congruent English Course

 

Lauren Porosoff is in her 15th year of teaching in independent schools. She’s served as a diversity coordinator and a grade-level team leader, and she consults with teachers and administrators on designing curriculum and professional development. Lauren is the author of Curriculum at Your Core: Meaningful Teaching in the Age of Standards (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2014). Her articles about curriculum and professional development have appeared in Kappan, Independent School, AMLE Magazine, and Teaching Tolerance. Visit her website at bit.ly/valuescongruent.

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Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and a copy of Curriculum at Your Core: Meaningful Teaching in the Age of Standards (a $28.50 value)

Early Registration Fees apply until 2 weeks before the event

  • NYSAIS members - $185.00
  • Non-members - $205.00

Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event

  • NYSAIS members - $205.00
  • Non-members - $240.00
* Note: Payment is by credit card only.
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