Summer Institute 2013
Creating Content-Rich Instruction for the 90 - Minute Reading Block
The 2013 Summer Institute is hosted by the James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship and the Center for Literacy Education and Research (CLEAR). The institute is titled “Creating Content-Rich Instruction for the 90 - Minute Reading Block.” All elementary school teachers (K-5) are invited to apply. The purpose of this page is to provide you with more detailed information about the Summer Institute, as well as provide you with a link to the online application and survey.
We will be selecting 20 highly motivated elementary school teachers who will participate in a five day Summer Institute that will be held on June 3-7th, 2013 at Purdue University, in Marriot Hall. This institute provides an excellent opportunity to learn how to implement the 90 - Minute Reading Block while integrating social studies content. This professional development experience culminates in participants planning units to be used during the 90 - Minute Reading Block built around social studies themes and includes sets of high children’s literature to be used in guided reading and interactive read aloud formats.
WHY SHOULD I APPLY?
- This is the professional development opportunity focusing on content and the 90 minute reading block in your area! First, we will review the 90 minute reading block. We will then work to develop a rationale for integrating the five foundational reading elements (Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension) and revised social studies standards. Each day of the institute will have a different focus in order to provide you with more extensive learning opportunities:
- Day One: 90 - Minute Block and Social Studies
- Day Two: Unpacking the REVISED Social Studies Standards and Teacher Evaluations
- Day Three-Four: Tailoring Instruction for Differentiated Groups
- Day Five: Assessment and Technology Integration
- You will be introduced to high quality children’s literature. Moreover, you will receive several free sets of children’s literature for your class. During the Institute, you will be able to review them and plan to best fit your classroom needs.
- You will develop instructional units from social studies content and literacy-based instruction/activities for your 90 minute reading block.
- We will also help you prepare for the annual teacher evaluations (RISE).
- Parking permits, and lunch will be provided each day
- PARTICIPANTS CAN EARN 3 HOURS OF PURDUE GRADUATE CREDIT
- You can apply online using the link at the bottom of this page. NOTE: You will be asked to attach a signed and scanned letter of recommendation from your principal. IMPORTANT: In order to be selected, the recommendation letter from the principal MUST have the following statement:
HOW DO I APPLY?
- After (teacher name) participates in the Summer Institute, I agree to have Purdue University faculty, staff, and/or graduate students return to my school and collect data on how (teacher name) is applying the instructional units developed during the Summer Institute. I agree to allow Purdue University faculty, staff, and graduate students to be in the school (name of building), and conduct classroom observations in (teacher’s name) classroom focusing on the implementation of the units developed during the Summer Institute. With this recommendation letter, I give my written consent for future research activities and promotions related to the Summer Institute.
- The application survey should only take about 15 minutes to complete (we timed it!). The application survey will include questions about your classroom and your knowledge of the 90 - Minute Block, as well as your current practices and instructional activities for social studies.
- Follow the instructions at the link located at the bottom of this page.
Apply by April 1st, 2013.
WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES?
- You will participate in a five day institute that requires your active participation from 8 am to 4 pm each day. During this time, you will be planning instructional units that must be implemented in your classroom during the fall semester of 2013.
- The answers to the application survey will be used for research that informs our development of the institute. By applying to the Summer Institute, you are agreeing to work with institute faculty to schedule the classroom observations and follow-up interviews that will be conducted as a follow-up to the summer institute.
- Participation is strictly voluntary. You do not have to complete the survey. By choosing to complete the survey, you are acknowledging your informed consent of these procedures.
- Human Subjects Statement: If you have any questions about this research, please contact Dr. Phillip VanFossen, Department Head of Curriculum and Instruction and Director of the Ackerman Center, at (765) 494-2367. If you have concerns about the treatment of research participants, you can contact the Committee on the Use of Human Research Subjects at Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, Hovde Hall, Room 307, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040. The phone number for the Committee's secretary is (765) 494-5942. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are very grateful for your application. If you have any questions, problems, or concerns, please feel free to e-mail or telephone any of the following members of the Planning Committee:
Phillip J. VanFossen, Ph.D.
Department Head of Curriculum and Instruction, and Director
James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship
Asta Balkute, Ph.D.
James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship
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