Fishtank ELA Summer Institutes

Dive Deeper This Summer

Fishtank ELA Summer Institutes are immersive professional learning experiences, led by Fishtank curriculum and PL specialists.

Designed for educators and instructional leaders, these sessions offer ways to begin your journey with Fishtank ELA or deepen your expertise in leveraging the resources in the classroom.

All sessions are delivered virtually via Zoom, for your convenience and to allow for a nationwide cohort of teachers.

Explore the options below to find the one that's right for you.

Fishtank ELA Launch (K–8)

New to Fishtank ELA? Join this series to build a solid foundation with the program, with sessions focused on understanding and practicing intellectual preparation.

Writing Intensive (K–5)

Already experienced Launch PL and using Fishtank ELA in your classroom? Join this series to take a deep dive into the writing resources integrated into Fishtank units and lessons.

Meet the Facilitators

Samantha Aponte

Samantha is the Director of ELA Professional Learning and Curriculum. Samantha began her career in education through Teach For America Oklahoma, where she taught English Language Arts, and later became a school leader developing Middle School ELA curriculum. Most recently she was the Manager of Teacher Development at the Teaching and Leading Initiative of Oklahoma, where she coached K-12 teachers and facilitated professional learning for teachers and school leaders.  She has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and a Master's degree in Reading and Literacy curriculum from Oklahoma State University.

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Jasmine Johnson

Jasmine began her career through Teach For America - Bay Area, where she taught 3rd and 5th grade. Most recently she served as an elementary school administrator in San Francisco, CA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Politics from Scripps College.

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It's super simple, but the sessions helped reinforce how important it is to read through each component of the unit before teaching. The curriculum is so thoughtfully crafted and the formats are very standard, so it's a very clear way to understand and unpack each unit and lesson.

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