Registration open for 2016 Summer Literacy Institute

The Maine Department of Education is pleased to announce registration is now open for the 2016 Summer Literacy Institute: High Impact Instructional Routines and Strategies. The one-day institute will provide a foundation for ongoing professional development throughout the 2016-17 school year.

Participants will increase their understanding of Maine ELA and literacy student learning standards and explore instructional models and tools that support continuous student growth through effective routines. Instructional routines are all the elements of teaching and learning events other than the specific content and materials used in teaching and include regular methods of getting attention, giving instruction, offering assistance, giving feedback, the role of students in contributing and responding, and more. Instructional routines and strategies presented during the institute will demonstrate how to:

  • enhance productive, collaborative conversation in the classroom;
  • improve reading and writing skills;
  • ensure students experience a staircase of text complexity across a variety of texts; and
  • scaffold instruction for all students to access complex (stretch) texts.

While individuals are encouraged to register, professional learning is often enhanced with a “buddy” system. Participating with a team or a colleague creates an opportunity to share ideas and provide feedback while trying new instructional routines. Daily sessions will address grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12.

For more information about locations, dates, and costs visit the 2016 Summer Institute.