NIE: Teaching with Common Core

Northern Illinois University

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
announces a one-day professional development conference as part of the
"New Ideas" series



New Ideas in English:
Teaching with Common Core

NIE: Teaching with Common Core

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." ~ Nelson Mandela


Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room, DeKalb, Illinois
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Conference Faculty:

Thomas McCann, Ph.D., Department of English
Bradley Peters, Ph.D., Department of English
Judy Pokorny, M.A., Department of English
Donna E. Werderich, Ph.D., Department of Literacy Education

Whether you are a first-time New Ideas participant or a returning colleague, this professional development day will provide you with opportunities to explore new subjects, bring teaching resources to your classroom, and collaborate with others.


Tentative program

8-8:35 a.m.
Check In, Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room (main floor)

8:35-8:45 a.m.
Amy Levin, Professor, Chair, Department of English
Chris McCord, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

8:45-9:45 a.m.
"Transforming Talk into Text"
Thomas McCann, Associate Professor, Teacher Certification, Department of English
This session invites teachers to rethink their appraoch to teaching writing by capitalizing on students' instinctive desire to talk.  Drawing on extensive classroom research, the session will help show teachers how to craft class discussions that build students' skills of analysis, problem-solving, and argumentation as a means of improving student writing.

9:50-10:50 a.m.
"Entering the Brave New World of Common Core: Implications for Both In-Service and Pre-service Teachers"
Judy Pokorny, Undergraduate Advising, Teacher Certification, Department of English
During this round-table discussion participants will exchange ideas for implementation of the ELA Common Core Standards and explain the impact of the "paradigm shifts" on their curriculum, students, and school community.  Participants are strongly encouraged to bring multiple copies of curricular materials, lesson plans, reading lists for informational texts, and the like to share with colleagues.

11a.m.-12 p.m.
"Combining Traditional and New Literacies in the 21st Century Writing Classroom"
Donna E. Werderich, Associate Professor, Department of Literacy Education
This session highlights the Multimedia Memoir Project as an effective approach to teaching digital narratives.  Embedded within the instructional framework of a writer's workshop, the Multimedia Memoir is a manageable starting point for teachers to find a meaningful way of integrating technology and writing.  By combining traditional and new literacies, students are afforded opportunities to use their voice in creative ways, develop their identities as authors, and expand their writing skills and abilities.

12:05-1:05 p.m.
Networking Lunch

1:10-2:10 p.m.
"The Cast of Characters Project: Creating Narratives from Poetry and Images"
Brad Peters, Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of English
This session will address the Common Core Writing Standards by looking at how students can use poetry to create a fictional world.  As they write accompanying narratives about imagined experiences and events, they learn to collaborate with other student writers - immersing themselves in composing activities that prepare them to become more engaged and knowledgeable readers of fiction, biography, and autobiography.

2:15-2:30 p.m.


General Information:

Professional Development Hours: You will receive an Evidence of Completion certificate documenting 5 Professional Development Hours for your participation.  Northern Illinois University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is an approved provider of professional development activities.

Location: NIU is in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago (one mile north of I-88), 45 miles southeast of Rockford:

Parking: A visitor's parking lot is located on Carroll Ave., close to the Holmes Student Center, and you can mention the conference to park FREE in the visitor parking lot.


What teachers have said about past "New Ideas" programs:

NIS: Empowering Teachers (spring 2014) -
"Great info and relevant! Thank you for giving us more references to improve our practice," Annemarie LaGrassa, Thompson Middle School, St. Charles, IL.

"I enjoyed the practical knowledge I gained that I can bring to my classroom," Kathy McGarvey, St. Thomas of Villanova School, Palatine, IL.

NIHSS: Teaching with Common Core (spring 2014) -
"The activities and documents presented are directly applicable to the classroom," Josh Holder, Lincoln-Way East High School, Frankfort, IL.

"[The best feature] was learning how to apply common core," Jon Lanning, Morris High School, Morris, IL

"Loved this fresh new perspective," Kelly Foster, Amboy Junior High School, Amboy, IL.