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Promising Practices in the Content Areas

The ability to read, write, speak, listen, and think effectively enables adolescents to learn and to communicate clearly in and out of school. This learning community provides participants with the opportunity to share and learn from other educators and research about how to best infuse literacy in their own content areas.


Butterfly Gardens w/ Kirsten Rusch

Kristen’s Butterfly Garden is a hands-on and inquiry-based project that allows students to identify plants and bugs, and experience butterfly life cycles. Their engagement throughout the school year connects with interdisciplinary topics.


Spoken Word Poetry w/ Abigail Swetz

Unlike (competitive) “slam” poetry, Abigail’s students begin by creating a “found” poem. They create a “manifesto” similar to the popular “This I Believe” series, and present this non-fictional, autobiographical work to their peers. 


Audio Recorded Feedback on Writing w/ Jeff Kunkle

Thanks to an iPod touch provided by his school, Jeff provides his high school English students with podcast feedback on their writing. Recording 5 to 7 minutes of audio, he talks through writing critiques and then emails his students. 

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