An Agency of the Regional Offices of Education for Will and Grundy - Kendall Counties
Phone: (815) 744-8334   Fax: (815) 744-8396  
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

English Language Arts

District staff will increase their knowledge of the Illinois Learning Standards (ILS) for English Language Arts incorporating the Instructional Shifts by interacting with tools, resources, and strategies as they work to improve and align their curriculum.


Shift Kits

  • Participants will use the shifts in thinking and practice so that the standards are in classroom instruction. The shift kits are a collection of resources providing educators with tools to implement the instructional shifts necessary to meet the standards.  Each kit is self-contained and could be used as a train-the-trainer model for an entire staff or for groups of teachers as appropriate (timing varies depending on the kit).
  • Each kit has its own goals and suggested outcomes and can be mixed and matched to meet district and school needs:
  • Shift 1​- Engage with Complex Text 
    Academic Vocabulary Kit
    Close Reading Kit
    Text Complexity Kit
  • Shift 2 - Extract and Employ Evidence
    Narrative Writing Kit
    Text Dependent Questioning Kit
    Writing from Sources Kit
  • Shift 3 - Building Knowledge
    Content Area Literacy Kit
    English Language Arts Kit
    Informational Text Kit
  • Optional - Administrator Kits

EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) Rubric   (1 hour of training or half day)

  • Participants will be able to locate EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) resources that Illinois educators are utilizing to align multi-day lesson plans and units to the Illinois Learning Standards in ELA. EQuIP is an initiative of the American Diploma Project (ADP) Network designed to identify high-quality materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Writing Matters
(Can Be Offered as a Full Day or Broken Down Into 2 Hour Increments)

  • Participants will individualize and integrate grade level specific information as it relates to CCSS Writing Standards from the Illinois Writing Matters website. This website is a one-stop shop with all the tools and resources teachers need to incorporate the writing standards into their daily schedule. 

Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading
(Can Be Offered as a Full Day or Broken Down Into 2 Hour Increments)

  • ISBE Content Specialists will use the Writing to Read research from the Carnegie Corporation by Steve Graham and Michael Hebert to identify the cluster of closely related instructional practices shown to be effective in improving students’ reading. The report groups these practices within three core recommendations in order of the strength of their supporting evidence.  A culminating activity of designing a classroom task and connections to PARCC will be shared. 

Networking for FS ELA:

Participants will engage in discussion around shared experiences and expertise related to implementation of the ELA ILS. Each gathering is initiated for a deeper look into a topic included in the currently approved materials.

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