SEDL Monthly: An e-bulletin of SEDL / May 2010 /

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Summer Learning at SEDL

New Sessions at SEDL's Center for Professional Learning
"The bigger the summer vacation, the harder the fall." We don't know who first offered this insight, but it could have easily been a teacher. At SEDL, we are working to make your summer—and your fall—a little easier. Our Center for Professional Learning (CPL) has scheduled three summer professional development sessions for educators of all levels.

SEDL's professional development services are used and respected by educators because our solutions are grounded in research and tailored to meet your needs. Participants in our Center for Professional Learning sessions will receive expert instruction from fellow educators and administrators who understand the pressures of today's schools and classrooms.

The benefits of attending SEDL CPL sessions include:

  • Expert instruction: Our instructors have years of experience both inside and outside of the school building and are well-informed on the most up-to-date pedagogy, strategies, and issues in education.
  • Cost efficient: Our professional development is based on the train-the-trainer model.
  • The latest research: SEDL instructors understand the latest research in their field and have built their professional development sessions on research-based principles.
Summer 2010 Professional Development Sessions
June 22–24, 2010 Adolescent Literacy: How to Access and Comprehend Text
Literacy involves not only learning to read but also learning to access information from different kinds of text. Participants will review scientifically based reading and literacy approaches to help students read and comprehend different types of texts.
July 26–28, 2010 Active Learning With Technology II
Technology has become an integral part of teaching and learning. Participants will discover, explore, and immerse themselves in the use of the latest technology tools, including Web 2.0 applications, social networking, and multimedia tools.
August 3–5, 2010 Response to Intervention (RtI) in Secondary Schools
This interactive session builds the capacity of school and district staff to implement RtI in secondary schools. The session examines the essential features of RtI, its implementation in middle and high school, and key challenges related to RtI implementation.
Tips and Tools
Free Resources
Virtual Academy for Afterschool
Can't attend a session in Austin? Try one of SEDL's online courses. The Virtual Academy for Afterschool offers a series of online interactive courses designed to build the knowledge and skills of afterschool instructors to deliver content-based academic programming. The courses are based on 5 years of research and observations at 100 afterschool sites, with evaluation data suggesting an impact on student learning.

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  Using Tiered Intervention to Improve High School Performance
This article in the November 2009 issue of SEDL Letter discusses issues related to the implementation of RtI in high schools.

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Afterschool Training Toolkit
This online resource includes research-based practices, sample lessons, video clips, and other resources that afterschool and other expanded learning leaders can use to provide staff development on academic enrichment.

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