Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ITMMS English Department Received Professional Development Training

Recently, members of the ITMMS English Department received professional development to hone their skills in utilizing their new Collections program used in the Reading and Writing Workshop courses for our 7th and 8th graders.
Developed around rigorous state standards, Collections offers a wonderful blend of both digital and print resources designed to provide students with a rich reading and writing experience. Organized by topic, each "collection" of resources contains both nonfiction and fiction pieces relating to the theme. With a focus on argumentation, engaging activities promote evidence-based writing and critical thinking as students exercise their abilities to write claims and counterclaims, reason thoughtfully, and contribute to collaborative conversations.
With their students always in mind, the department has done an outstanding job of tailoring a program to maintain student interest while raising skill levels.

Caption: Pictured above are Rebecca Benjamin, Michelle Friedman, Christine Raskind, and Amanda Steele with trainer Glen Diedrich.

Submitted by Elizabeth Roemer, Administrator for Educational Programs, Literacy, and Staff Development