Many teachers wonder how will they cover vast amounts of content and also give students time to practice high-level thinking that school divisions demand. Elementary teachers have long known that Workshop Model is a great way to differentiate instruction and also give readers and writers time to dig into comprehending and crafting. During this daylong workshop, Cris Tovani will share how she uses the structure of Workshop Model to teach content, give students time to practice critical thinking, and use feedback to improve instruction. Participants will receive examples of how the Workshop Model can be used to plan, instruct, and assess learning.
Cris Tovani taught elementary school for ten years before becoming a high school reading specialist and English teacher. She most recently worked with secondary English language learners from a high poverty district in Colorado that was in its fourth year of turnaround. In addition to teaching, she is a nationally known consultant focusing on issues of reading, content comprehension and assessment in secondary classrooms. Cris started her professional development work with Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC), the consortium that has received national acclaim for its work in reading comprehension reform. Cris has been an adjunct professor at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Denver. She is the author of three books, I Read it but I Don’t Get It, Do I Really Have to Teach Reading? and So, What do They Really Know? Cris is also featured in three instructional DVDs that show her in action with adolescent readers. These DVDs, Thoughtful Reading, Comprehending Content, Talk to Me are available through Stenhouse Publishers.