Friends of the Talking Teaching Network
Fifth Annual Invitational Summer Conference
Embassy Suites at Mandalay Bay, Oxnard
July 13-14, 2015
This summer’s conference focussed on three major topics:
1) Studying Our Teaching — How do we make the study of our teaching the basis for continuous improvement and a thriving school site? We explored this topic via within- and cross-district discussion groups (as everyone in attendance is working on this) and also through the study of our Teacher Collaboration Handbook—a new Talking Teaching Network (TTN) publication. All participants received a copy of the Handbook.
2) Studying and Using the New ELD Standards — How do we help teachers learn the new English Language Development standards and how do we effectively use them for both designated and integrated ELD instruction? We spent time studying the new ELD standards and applying them to ELD, ELA and content area curriculum, using our ELD Planning and Study Guide—another new TTN publication that all participants received.
3) The Pedagogy of Productive Persistence — How do we help students productively persist through rigorous, complex tasks that involve struggle? We experienced through hands on activities and then analyzed a pedagogy being developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching—one that we think is highly consistent with the math pedagogies emerging across our districts and one that we think helps us think about productive persistence across the content areas.