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Starting Strong: Launching the EL Education K-8 Language Arts Curriculum

Curriculum Institute, Virtual Event

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Add to Calendar 2022-06-212022-06-29Starting Strong: Launching the EL Education K-8 Language Arts Curriculum
  • Dates

  • Grade Level

    K-2, 3-5, 6-8

  • Audience

    All Educators

  • Eligibility

    Public, EL Education Partners

Whether you’re new to the EL Education K-8 Language Arts Curriculum, the Skills Block, or the second edition of grades 6-8, we’re ready to support you as you unpack lessons and supporting materials and prepare to bring them to life this fall. EL Education facilitators are experts at delivering engaging, collaborative professional learning in a virtual setting.

Choose from:

  • Introduction to the K-5 Language Arts Curriculum (June 21-23)
  • Introduction to the 6-8, Second Edition Language Arts Curriculum (June 21-23)
  • Leading Implementation, K-8 (June 21-23)
  • Introduction to the K-2 Reading Foundations Skills Block (June 27-29)

All sessions will take place between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST.

Participants will receive a certificate for 18 hours of professional learning for attending a 3-day session.

Registration has now closed for this event.

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Pricing

EL Education partners and participants beyond EL Education: 

  • $900 per registrant-3-Day series 
  •  $1,500 per registrant-6-Day series

Please contact Nicole Graziano (ngraziano@eleducation.org) for registration instructions and a special link for the discounted 6 day series. 

Session Descriptions:

Introduction to the EL Education K-5 Language Arts Curriculum

This offering provides guidance for those who are planning to implement the EL Education K-5 Language Arts curriculum. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the research and principles behind the curriculum and specific ways the curriculum meets all students’ needs; creating educational equity. Participants will discover how students can be engaged in meaningful work that fosters BOTH rigor and joy in learning. Additionally, participants will be able to explain the structure and key features of the curriculum and begin planning for implementation of the curriculum in their schools and classrooms. When registering, participants will be asked to choose the K-2 strand or 3-5 strand.

Introduction to the EL Education Grades 6-8 Language Arts Curriculum (Second Edition)

This offering provides guidance for those who are planning to implement the Grades 6-8 Language Arts Curriculum (Second Edition). Participants will walk away with an understanding of the structures and key features of the Second Edition. Design principles will be reviewed and explored to ensure participants are able to make well-informed decisions when it comes to making choices during implementation. Participants will discover how students can be engaged in meaningful work that fosters BOTH rigor and joy in learning.

Leading Implementation of the EL Education K-8 Language Arts Curriculum

This offering is for district literacy leaders and building principals or designated literacy coaches of those adopting the EL Education Language Arts Curriculum. Teachers of the curriculum should attend the Introduction to the K-2, 3-5 or 6-8 sessions. Participants will learn how they can best prepare for the successful implementation of this curriculum that results in improved student achievement and teacher efficacy. Participants will learn about curriculum structure, reflect on role as a Change Leader, identify key instructional practices, and align on high-quality implementation indicators.

Introduction to the EL Education K-2 Reading Foundation Skills Block

This offering provides guidance for those who are planning to implement the EL Education Reading Foundations Skills Block curriculum. The Skills Block is a structured phonics program, and this institute supports this approach to teaching young children how to read. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of the research and principles behind the Skills Block and specific ways the Skills Block meets all students’ needs through differentiated and targeted instruction. Participants will learn how to use the Benchmark Assessments to determine each student’s microphase. This information can then be used to group students and plan instruction based on each student’s (or group of students) strengths and areas of growth. Additionally, participants will be able to explain the purpose, structure, and formative assessments within the Skills Block and begin planning for implementation of the Skills Block in their schools and classrooms.

2022 Panelists

Olivia Davis

Olivia Davis

Instructional Coach, Joy Elementary School, Michigan City, IN

Olivia just wrapped up her 11th year teaching, and has been teaching and working with the EL Education Curriculum for 3 years. Olivia is currently attending Indiana University to earn her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.

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Esmerelda Rivera

Teacher, Hamilton County Schools, TN

Esmeralda Rivera teaches in Tennessee at Ooltewah Elementary. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has been teaching for five years. She enjoys watching students learn and have “lightbulb” moments. When she is not teaching, she enjoys backpacking in the Great Smoky Mountains and Appalachian Trails.

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Daphne Williams

Teacher, Hollis Innovation Academy, Atlanta, GA

Daphne Williams is a graduate from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a second-grade teacher, curriculum writer, and EL teaching personality and writer in Atlanta, GA. Having taught for twelve years, she was able to enrich her practices with nine of them in EL Education Schools. She is passionate about building relationships with her students and believes that they open the door for the EL Curriculum to work its magic.

Olivia Wandelear

Olivia Wandalear

Teacher, Old Sturbridge Academy, Sturbridge, MA

Olivia Wandelear is the sixth-grade Humanities teacher at Old Sturbridge Academy Charter Public School in Sturbridge, MA. Olivia earned her B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Maine at Farmington and her M. Ed. in Literacy from the University of Southern Maine. A Massachusetts native, Olivia believes in a commitment to community through the teaching and learning process.

Trenton Williams

Trenton Williams

Principal, Howe Elementary School, Des Moines, IA

Trenton Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and French from Luther College in Decorah, IA. He holds a master’s in educational leadership from the State University of New York in Buffalo, NY. Trenton also completed an education specialist degree at Drake University. Before coming to work for Des Moines Public Schools in 2015, Williams spent 11 years teaching abroad; two years teaching at the Dubai American Academy, United Arab Emirates; seven years at the Singapore American School, Southeast Asia; and two years at the International School of Stavanger, Norway. He served as an interventionist and a released dean before becoming Principal at Howe Elementary three years ago. Trenton is committed to equity through literacy learning for all students.

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Stephanie Flickinger

Principal, Monroe Elementary School, Des Moines, IA

Stephanie Flickinger has served as an elementary principal for Des Moines Public Schools for seven years. Her 35 years of leadership experience in the field of education has inspired many educators to share her mission to make a positive impact on student outcomes. She is a strong EL education partner and has seen firsthand the powerful results of implementing high-quality curriculum to ensure equal access for all students. Stephanie spent 14 years as a classroom teacher prior to becoming an administrator, teaching middle school English and social studies. She has served as a principal at all levels of K-12 education. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and her master’s degree from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.