HAMMOND | Teachers, administrators and literary coaches of grades five through 12 are invited to attend a workshop presented by the former president of the National Council of Teachers of English on April 27 at Purdue University Calumet.
Carol Jago, who headed the organization in 2010, will present how to use the Common Core State Standards for designing rigorous and relevant classroom lessons. Participants will engage with literary and informational text that challenges readers to think profoundly about issues that matter deeply.
The workshop is offered as part of the Northwest Indiana Writing Project. Jago has 32 years of middle and high school English teaching experience in California. She has directed the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA and edited the California Association of Teachers of English quarterly journal.
She also has written numerous essays and three books, including “Cohesive Writing: Why Concept Is Not Enough.”
Under Jago’s direction, workshop participants will explore methods for asking text-dependent questions that encourage students to engage in rich conversations. They also will discover ways of employing visual images as prompts for discussion and writing. In addition, the session will offer information about demands the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers assessment will place upon students.
The workshop is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration cost is $50, which includes lunch. Registration follow-up and more information are available by contacting Northwest Indiana Writing Project Coordinator Connie Farrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (219) 989-2299.