What factors come to mind when you hear the term “Balanced Literacy?” It is a term that has been used (and misused) for so long that it has lost meaning. Time to restore and refine! To create the perfect balance of high-impact learning experiences that engage and excite learners, teachers must be intentional in the design of learning activities, purposeful in the selection of instructional materials, utilize evidence-based teaching methods, and be strategic in groupings of students based on assessment data. Join reading expertsDouglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Nancy Akhavan as they outline the essential evidence-based approaches that define the balance for your students, lighting the path for you to implement balanced literacy in your classroom.
In this session, participants will:
Clarify their understanding of what balanced literacy is (and is not)
Explore balanced literacy in terms of skills, text types, instructional groupings, and reading and writing
Consider how they might refine current practices to reflect research-based practices