It sure has been a rough few months! Some of you have just wrapped up the school year and others will be doing so within the next week or so. You may be experiencing a whole range of emotions: relief that you survived teaching during a pandemic, disappointment or grief over the end-of-year rituals and celebrations that never happened, or fear of the unknown future.
As you are closing up your virtual classroom, I want to remind you to breathe. Then take some time for some self-care: read a book for fun, take a long walk, plant some flowers.
But I know you. It won’t be long before you start planning for the fall. Many of us teachers are planners–it’s in our DNA, I think. But planning for an unknown and ever-changing future can bring on the anxiety again. I would like to share an opportunity that might help.
For the past six years, a colleague and I have organized summer literacy conferences in Michigan called Literacy4Real. Our mission is to provide practical strategies that work–no cutesy gimmicks or theory without application. This summer we are moving to a virtual platform, which means we are no longer limited by geographical location and can open the conference up to anyone. We have a team of talented, passionate presenters who have been trained through the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP–Lucy Calkins). They are well-versed in using a balanced literacy framework and a workshop approach to teaching reading and writing. They are an amazing team!
I believe that, above all, highly trained teachers and excellent instruction will have the biggest impact on student achievement–regardless of the teaching platform. For that reason, we are committed to supporting teachers with high-quality professional learning. Because we realize that times are tough and school budgets are being cut, we wanted to offer a quality option at affordable prices. This year our focus will be on supporting teachers with face-to-face, remote, or hybrid instructionso that we don’t abandon best-practice teaching, even during these extremely challenging times.
Our live event occurs during the first week of August, but we are also offering an option that includes access to 48 recorded sessions that can be viewed the entire month of August for back-to-school PD. For all of the details on this exciting conference, head on over to Literacy for Realwhere you can learn about options for live and recorded training, view pricing and group discount information, see highlights from last year’s conference, get questions answered, or contact mewith more specific questions.