Occasionally, professionals need a day away from their students to study together. One day intensives offer schools and districts an overview of readers or writers workshop or can also be designed and tailored to meet the needs of the district.
Summer Institutes are a great way to give staff an overview of reading and writing workshop. During these days, staff will learn the philosophy of workshop teaching as well as the essentials to establishing the workshop. Teachers will be engaged in their own learning by taking on the work of the student as a reader or a writer as to come to know and understand this work deeply.
Coaching cycles are a set of days structured around a common topic. Coaching cycles are a great structure for grade levels to dig deeper into a particular topic or workshop structure. Teachers will need to be released for part of this work. It often includes starting in a lab-site where all the teachers have a similar experience with the coach leading the work. The remaining sessions have quite a bit of flexibility to them. Coaching cycles end with teachers trying some of the work on their own with a coach by their side and often in conjunction with their colleagues.
Professional development days for principals, administrators, and literacy coaches can be designed and tailored to meet the needs of the school or district. During this time, the consultant can do learning walks with the team to give helpful feedback in specific areas and help to craft next step goals for the site/district. This day could also be a time to study student data to inform future decisions and professional development days.
Planning days are important for grade level teams to map out a unit of study collaboratively. Consultants will meet with grade level teams to design all components of a unit of study including assessments, minilessons, small group and conferring strategies, and shares. Chara and Erica will facilitate methods for utilizing student data to guide instructional decisions on these planning days.
Consultants can design and tailor a parent presentation to teach the reading and/or writing workshop basics. We have found that readers and writers workshop is very different from the way that many of us were taught and parents appreciate being educated in the guiding principles behind the approach. These workshops can also be a nice forum for parents to learn ways to support their children at home.