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1-2 Hour Workshop






  • Teachers gather for a short workshop or presentation, usually offered by a local expert (such as the ELA consultant).
Affordances Opportunity to:
  • Share news
  • Share resources that might help “tweak” teachers’ current practices
  • Highlight teacher successes (e.g., have a local teacher share a particularly meaningful project)
  • Generate interest in a longer-term, higher-commitment PD opportunity (e.g., PDIGs)
  • Network with other ELA teachers
  • There is not enough time to ’dig’ into anything substantial
  • Goal for teacher learning must be narrow and specific; cannot tackle practices that require significant instructional improvement 
  • It is difficult to build a community of learners in such short time
  • Teachers are often mandated to attend these workshops, so there may not be participant ’buy-in’
Examples of Learning Goals for Short Workshops
  • Three rapid formative assessment ideas
  • How to put your grade book online
  • 12 great YA books kids will love