Reading, Writing And Thinking In The Active Literacy Classroom
By Stephanie Harvey and Debbie Miller

4th - 5th October 2014, Bangkok
Kids thinking matters! When our students begin to understand that their thinking matters, learning changes. They develop apassion for literacy. The refrain of What time is recess? When's lunch? becomes an anthem of "Can we please go readnow?" As educators, we take kids thoughts, ideas, questions, opinions and learning seriously.

In this workshop we advocate instruction that engages kids and guides them as they read, write and think their way throughthe day and across the curriculum. We teach the reader not merely the reading, by sharing and modeling strategies thatsupport readers to merge their thinking with the information, ask questions, construct meaning, acquire knowledge andactively use it.

Our staff development efforts support teachers to plan engaging instruction that places an emphasis on teaching forunderstanding. Based on the comprehension research of David Pearson and his colleagues, our focus is on teachingcomprehension strategies that lead students to become thoughtful, active, independent readers and writers. We advocateactive literacy classrooms where students read, write, talk, listen and investigate their way into thinking, learning and understanding. Inquiry based learning and project based learning are central to understanding and acquiring knowledge in classrooms such as these.

Principles that guide our work include:
  • Teach for understanding and engagement.
  • Foster passion and curiosity.
  • Make thinking visible.
  • Create an environment that values collaborative learning and thinking.
  • Support kids to read extensively in text they can and want to read.
  • Build instruction around authentic, relevant and significant topics.
  • Provide explicit instruction with the Gradual Release of Responsibility framework.
  • Create a common language for literacy.
  • Differentiate instruction and text.
  • Teach with the end in mind.
  • Support kids to build independence and develop agency.
  • Create deep, curious thinkers and lifelong learners.
  • Have a better understanding of how to explicitly teach comprehension strategies.
  • Discover new ways to engage kids and support them to expand their thinking, and acquire knowledge.
  • Get a good idea of what an active literacy classroom looks like so they can create a similar environment in their own classroom.
  • Get a better understanding of inquiry based teaching and learning.
  • Plan for long term and short term learning targets.
  • Interact with each other throughout the two days.
  • Have fun.
Day 1
8:30 - 10:00 Keynote for all participants by Stephanie Harvey.
10:00-10:20 Break.
Grades K-2 Breakout with Debbie Miller.
Grades 3-8 Breakout with Stephanie Harvey.
Grade levels K-2 Breakout session with Debbie Miller.
10:30-11:45 Morning Session
  • Why Comprehension, Collaboration and Inquiry Matter in the 21st Century.
  • We’ll engage in an interactive study of Readers’ Workshop – a predictable structure that provides daily opportunities for
    in-depth and active teaching and learning, flexibility, differentiation, and independence. Video clips included!
11:45-1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 3:30pm Book Clubs for our youngest readers.
  • Reading and Discussion.
  • Proficient Reader Strategies.
3:30-4:00 Reflection and Q&A with whole group (Debbie and Stephanie together).
Grade levels 3-8 Breakout session with Stephanie Harvey.
10:30-11:45 The principles of Reading Learning and Achievement.
  • The comprehension continuum and the active use of knowledge.
  • The inner conversation and comprehension monitoring.
  • Proficient Reader Strategies.
Make thinking visible: The gradual release of responsibility instructional framework.
Read Write and Talk: The process from the inside out. Participants read and respond to nonfiction pieces.
11:45- 1:00pm Lunch.
1:00 – 3:30 The components of Active Literacy: Reading, writing, drawing, viewing, talking, listening and investigating.
  • Active Literacy Video: View and discuss.
  • Text complexity and close reading and viewing for understanding with nonfiction text.
3:00 - 4:00 Reflection and Q&A with whole group.
Day 2
8:30 - 10:00 Keynote for all participants by Debbie Miller.
Kids with Grit.
10:15 - 10:30 Break.
Grades K-2 Breakout session with Debbie Miller.
Grades 3-6 Breakout session with Stephanie Harvey.
Grade levels K-2 Breakout session with Debbie Miller.
10:20-11:45 Classroom environments that support agency , independence and grit.
Long and short-term planning that helps ensure that no child falls through the cracks.
11:45-1:00 Lunch.
1:00-3:30 Non-fiction literacy.
3:30-4:00 Reflection and Q and A with whole group.
Grade levels 3-8, Breakout session with Stephanie Harvey.
10:20-11:45 The Power of Collaboration.
Participants choice: What keeps you up at night?
What social strategy use looks and sounds like (and doesn't!!).
Inquiry Based Learning: Small Group Instruction and Inquiry Circles.
11:45-1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 3:30 Video of Inquiry Circles at different grade levels: View and discuss
  • Participants engage in mini inquiry.
  • Enhancing Literacy Instruction with technology.
3:30 - 4:00 Reflection and Q&A with the whole group
Trainer’s Profile
Stephanie Harvey has spent the past forty two years teaching and learning about reading and writing. She received her BA from the University of Denver and her MA from the University of Colorado. After sixteen years of regular elementary and special education teaching in the Jefferson County Schools in Lakewood, Colorado, Stephanie became a staff developer forthe Denver based Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC), a partnership of leaders from education and business who support innovation in public schools. In that role, she has worked with teachers, librarians, staff developers and principals throughout Colorado coordinating literacy projects, leading workshops and conducting classroom demonstrations. Insatiably curious about student thinking, she is a teacher first and foremost and continues to work in schools on a regular basis savoring any time spent with kids.

Stephanie also serves as a private consultant to schools and districts throughout the country. She travels extensively and works with educators in inner city, suburban and rural districts around the world. A regular presenter and keynote speaker at conferences, she speaks on comprehension, active literacy, nonfiction reading, writing and research, content literacy, inquiry based learning, collaboration, reading and writing workshop, technology integration and the role of passion, wonder and engagement in teaching and learning.. She loves to write and has published articles in Language Arts, Reading Teacher, Ed Leadership and other educational periodicals.

Her books include Nonfiction Matters, Strategies That Work and Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action. With Anne Goudvis. she co-authored The Comprehension Toolkit series ( Additionally, she has released a number of videos on comprehension, active literacy, inquiry-based learning and enhancing literacy with technology.

Stephanie serves on the National Geographic literacy council and is the program consultant for a series of books called Ladders which feature amazing content and come at a variety of levels for intermediate grades.Stephanie has been proud to offer her annual summer comprehension, Inquiry-based learning institute in a host of different cities across the United States including Denver, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and New York. She and Debbie Miller have presented their Comprehension institutes in a variety of cities including Budapest. Stephanie lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and has two grown children who love the mountains as much as she does.
Debbie Miller is an experienced teacher, author, and literacy consultant who now works in schools across the United States and Canada. She is known for her work in the field of comprehension instruction, particularly in its application for children in the primary grades.

Debbie began her professional career in the Denver Public Schools, where she taught and learned from children for thirty years. While in the classroom, Debbie worked with the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition, a non-profit organization committed to high- quality, ongoing professional evelopment. It was through her work with PEBC that she learned about the proficient reader research and discovered its amazing impact on teaching and learning.

Though Debbie no longer has her own classroom, she continues to be involved in ongoing professional development in classrooms in the US. Much of her current work is working alongside teachers and children, demonstrating lessons, conferring with children and teachers, and refining her practice.

In addition to her comprehension work, Debbie is fascinated with Angela Duckworth’s ongoing research on grit, and how we might help children develop it, as well as other non-cognitive skills such as resilience, stamina, and perseverance.

Debbie is the author of Reading with Meaning: Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades, 2nd Beliefs and Aligning Practices, and co-authored No More Independent Reading Without Support (2013), and Comprehension Going Forward (2011).

She lives in Littleton, CO with her husband Don, where they always have time to read and play with their four adorable grandchildren!
  Investment includes Certificate of Participation, Lunch and 2 coffee breaks.
  USD 790/- Closing date 15th September 2014
  USD 740/- Early Bird offer 1st May 2014
  Intercontinental Hotel
  Timings 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Registration on the 4th at 8.30 am.
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