[OYAN] AASL Webinar on 3/26 =>PBS LearningMedia™ Launches Blended Literacy Lessons

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Thu Mar 21 14:39:32 PDT 2013

This if from the AASL eCOLLAB website, http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming#pbs:

PBS LearningMedia™ Launches Blended Literacy Lessons
Tuesday, March 26, 2013  |  7:00 p.m. EST/6:00 p.m. CST/5:00 p.m. MST/4:00 p.m. PST
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The literacy demands on middle school students are unique and often perplexing to their teachers:  “I want to teach science (or social studies, or math)…not reading!”  PBS offers turnkey tools for middle school that support literacy in the content areas. Join us for an in-depth look.

We know some of the challenges for middle school students who are transitioning to the new requirement of “read to learn” include lack of background knowledge, content-specific vocabulary and unfamiliar text structures.  Blended lessons, part of the Inspiring Middle School Literacy collection from public media, offer students an opportunity to practice literacy strategies while learning required content in a highly engaging 45-minute experience. We’ll be joined by Carol Studebaker, middle school literacy coach and Charlotte Hodges, sixth grade teacher who have first-hand experience with these lessons and want to share their students’ response and the way they adapted the lessons.

The Inspiring Middle School Literacy collection, produced by WGBH and funded by the Walmart Foundation, is designed to enhance the literacy skills of struggling readers in grades 5–8. Each uses videos, interactive activities, note taking, reading, and writing to present students with an engaging science, social studies, mathematics, or English language arts topic.  The lessons are available at no cost at pbslearningmedia.org/collection/midlit<http://pbslearningmedia.org/collection/midlit>. See a one-minute introduction to the collection at http://youtu.be/kkYDXJJMFcA

Carol Studebaker is a Middle School Literacy Coach in the Northwest R1 District in House Springs Missouri.  She was an elementary classroom for 10 years and a reading specialist for 13 years. Carol earned her B.A. from Southern Illinois University and a M.A. from the University of Missouri.

Charlotte Hodges has taught sixth grade in the Northwest R1 School District since 1998. She has taught multiple subjects at the intermediate level and currently teachers sixth grade ELA at Woodridge Middle School. Charlotte earned her B.A. from Webster University and her M.A. from Lindenwood University.

Carolyn Jacobs, Senior Manager, Training and Professional Development at WGBH leads teacher training for Teachers’ Domain and PBS LearningMedia. Carolyn earned a B.A. from Temple University and a M.Ed. in reading from the University of New Hampshire.

Note: Webinar is open to all. Registrations will be accepted until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25. A seat in the webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow-up correspondence from AASL and PB

Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

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