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Summer Institute 2014


Using Technology to Integrate Meaningful Content into the 90-Minute Reading Block


The 2014 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 "Using Technology to Integrate Meaningful Content into the 90-Minute Reading Block"All elementary school teachers (K-6) are invited to apply (Note: 6th grade should be self-sustained classroom). 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 15 highly motivated elementary school teachers who will participate in a five day Summer Institute that will be held on June 9-13, 2014 at Purdue University. This institute provides an excellent opportunity to learn how to implement the 90 - Minute Reading Block while integrating instructional technology (e.g. tablets, interactive whiteboard) and 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 and technology to be used in guided reading and interactive read aloud formats.


- This is the professional development opportunity focusing on content, technology, 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 alongside with technology (e.g. technology applications, interactive whiteboard strategies). Each day of the institute will have a different focus in order to provide you with more extensive learning opportunities:

  • · Day One: Overview: Technology, 90 - Minute Block and Social Studies
  • · Day Two: Flipping Your Classroom Using Digital Devices
  • · Day Three-Four: Tailoring Instruction for Differentiated Groups
  • · Day Five: Assessment and Unit Thumbnail Presentations

- You will be introduced to high quality children’s literature. Moreover, you will receive 54 of children’s literature books for your class. During the Institute, you will be able to review them and plan to best fit your classroom needs.

- You will be introduced and will explore a wide variety of technological applications that may be used in your classroom.
- You will develop instructional units from social studies content and literacy-based instruction/activities for your 90 minute reading block enhancing digital device use.
- We will also help you prepare for the annual teacher evaluations (RISE).
- Parking permits, and lunch will be provided each day


- 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:

  • · 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 and technology.
- Follow the instructions at the link located at the bottom of this page.

Apply by February 28th, 2014.



- 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 2014.
- 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 (preferably for the Fall 2014).
- 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 irb@purdue.edu.

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
Purdue University

Asta Balkute, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship
Purdue University

Kerry Hoffman, Ph.D.
Center for Literacy Education and Research
Purdue University
(765) 494-5683

Elizabeth Hopper
Director of Targeted Professional Development
Center for Literacy Education and Research
Purdue University


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