Start with Joy: Designing Literacy Learning for Student Success and Happiness, Gr K-8
Date: February 7, 2020
Presenter: Katie Cunningham
Location: Capitol Plaza, Montpelier
Cost: $225 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)
In this day-long workshop, participants will be introduced to a seven-pillar social-emotional framework that bridges literacy learning with strategies for student happiness. First, participants will learn about research from across fields that explain why now is the time to intentionally design for the sustainable happiness of students as a fundamental part of the school experience. Next, participants will learn about the seven-pillar framework as it relates to literacy instruction. The pillars are: Connection, Choice, Challenge, Play, Story, Discovery, and Movement. In particular, the day will support teachers across the domains of reading, writing, and speaking/listening with emphasis on how to infuse joy into read-alouds, small group instruction, conferring, and mini-lessons. Participants will be supported to create plans to integrate social and emotional learning with existing literacy curriculum (including but not limited to read alouds, writing prompts, visual prompts, guided reading interactions, conversation starters, and mini-lessons).