New for Summer 2021 - Virtual Professional Learning Workshops for teachers and instructional leaders using Fishtank ELA K-8
Whether you are new to Fishtank ELA or have been using our curriculum for years, our new Professional Learning Workshops will help you get the most out of Fishtank’s ELA curriculum. Through these live online sessions you will engage directly with the authors of the curriculum and other teachers and instructional leaders across the country who are implementing Fishtank ELA K-8.
Dive into the research behind Fishtank ELA and set a vision for ELA instruction
Explore Fishtank reading lesson structures, reading routines for engaging with the text, and just-in time support to ensure all students can succeed with the curriculum.
Learn how to use Fishtank ELA resources, including the Unit Launches, to intellectually prepare for a Fishtank ELA unit.
Discuss strategies for teaching Fishtank ELA with a culturally responsive equity focused lens.
Special track for Instructional Leaders: Learn how to set your teachers up for success with Fishtank Learning and access resources you can use to lead professional learning in your school.
The program is structured around five or six main 90-minute virtual sessions and two 60-minute choice sessions. All workshops are interactive and include opportunities to discuss key concepts and plan with other Fishtank teachers and leaders. There will be 90 minutes of pre work for the first session.
Session 1 - Setting a Vision for ELA Instruction
Participants dive into the research behind Fishtank ELA and explore how its core tenets are developed across grade levels and within units.
Session 2 - Centering Complex Text and Knowledge Building
Unpacking what makes a text complex should be the first step in planning for equitable reading and writing instruction. Participants learn to identify features of complexity and how to provide all students the support they need to succeed.
Session 3 - Preparing to Teach a Fishtank Unit
Participants learn how to use Fishtank ELA resources, including the Unit Launches, to intellectually prepare to teach a Fishtank ELA unit.
Session 4 - Getting the Most out of a Fishtank ELA Lesson
Participants explore Fishtank reading lesson structures, reading routines for engaging with the text, and just-in time support to ensure all students are able to access the core text.
Session 5 - Intellectually Preparing a Reading Lesson
Participants learn the protocol for intellectually preparing to teach a lesson and practice the protocol on a Fishtank ELA lesson.
Session 6 - Setting Teachers up for Success (INSTRUCTIONAL LEADER TRACK)
Participants explore the systems, structures and supports teachers need to help their students succeed with Fishtank ELA.
Planning for Writing Instruction
Participants learn how to prepare for end-of-unit writing projects by using backward planning to anticipate student learning needs.
Assessment and Progress Monitoring
Participants learn what assessment tools are available in Fishtank ELA and how to use various progress monitoring strategies to ensure students are mastering end-of-unit content understandings and standards.
Foundational Skills Support in the 3-8 Classroom
Participants learn how to use the Foundational Skills Supports in Fishtank ELA units to ensure all students can access grade-level texts.
Support for Multilingual Learners
Participants will explore the ways in which Fishtank ELA supports multilingual learners and how to plan additional support for lessons.