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English Language Arts Collaborative 2020-21

This training is geared toward middle and high school English Language Arts (ELA) teachers.  If you are looking to focus on the heart of WHY you became an educator, this is the learning network for you! Join fellow ELA teachers as we travel down a path that seeks to build collective efficacy and empowers us to meet the challenges we face in our classrooms. Research tells us that while learning tools and protocols can be helpful in our practice, we also need guidance and support from colleagues that will inspire and renew us. This year's professional text, Creating Confident Writers, is co-authored by Michigan educators Andy Schoenborn and Troy Hicks. It will be offered to all participants and used as a year-long "travel-guide" on our journey together.

All sessions through the end of the school year 2021 will be held virtually.  Participants will receive log-in information through email prior to the date of the training. Participants are asked to register separately for each session they choose to attend. 


Oct. 7, 2020 (online) 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Nov.18, 2020 (online - Part 2) 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.  NEW OFFERING!

Jan. 27, 2021 (online) 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
April 21, 2021 (online) 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: This offering has been changed to an online format with a new time.



We have added a Part 2 online session to our ELA Collaborative during which participants will continue to use Creating Confident Writers as a platform for discussion and applications in the classroom, but will also have the added benefit of a presentation by a guest author, Michael Fischer. Michael teaches for the Odyssey Project—a free college credit program for income-eligible adults in Chicago—and works as the program coordinator for the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago. Released from state prison in 2015, Michael is a Luminarts Cultural Foundation fellow, Illinois Arts Council grantee, and finalist for the PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship. His nonfiction appears in the New York Times, Salon, The Sun, Orion, Guernica, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada University and an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago.Art 2.  Participants will examine best practices that support engaged readers and writers; incorporate multiple genres into current lessons or units of reading and writing; discuss and share ways to invite, encourage, and celebrate student writers; reflect on the importance of rich and varied mentor tests and the role they play in student growth.


Kelly Wilson, Char-Em ISD Teacher
Michael Fisher, Author (Online Part 2)

Target Audience
ELA teachers grades 5-12

Learner Outcomes

Participants will:

  • identify student learning needs and engage in collaborative inquiry to creatively address these needs.
  • learn, practice, and implement the best instructional practices that will improve our teaching of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
  • build a collaborative network that encourages risk-taking and professional growth. 

Pending approval, State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) will be available.  Further information will be provided by the presenter at the training.

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