Academic Conversations Fall 2021 (In Person at Region 13)
This course is aligned to the Effective School Framework Prioritized Lever 3 EA 3.1 Compelling and aligned vision, mission, goals, values focused on a safe environment and high expectations.

In this workshop, we address five core academic skills: elaborating and clarifying, supporting ideas with evidence, building on and challenging ideas, paraphrasing, and synthesizing to improve your students' critical thinking and content understanding. This workshop is all about practical strategies that can be used immediately--less theory, more action—to increase the rigor of classroom academic talk.

Teachers using the academic conversations strategies will demonstrate high expectations for all students and will provide students skills to ensure their success in college and career after graduation.

You'll learn how to weave academic conversation skills into your current teaching strategies. Specifically, we'll describe how you can use conversations to build the following:

  • Academic vocabulary and grammar.
  • Critical thinking skills such as persuasion, interpretation, consideration of multiple perspectives, evaluation and application.
  • Literacy skills such as questioning, predicting, connecting to prior knowledge and summarizing.
  • Understanding of complex and abstract concepts, like adaptation, human nature, human bias, conservation of mass, energy, gravity, irony, and democracy.
  • A classroom environment brimming with respect for others' ideas, equity of voice engagement, and mutual support.

All participants will receive a copy of Jeff Zwiers and Marie Crawford’s book, Academic Conversations.

Teachers & Leaders
Kim Watts
Instructional Strategies, Effective Schools Framework - 3.1, MTSS - Multi-Tier System of Supports, Differentiation
2 - Instruction, T-TESS 3 - Learning Environment, T-TESS 2.1 - Instruction: Achieving Expectation, T-TESS 2.3 - Instruction: Communication, T-TESS 3.3 - Learning Environment: Classroom Culture

CPE Credits: 6.00  
Registration Closes: 10/21/2021
Education Service Center Region 13
5701 Springdale Road
Austin, TX 78723
Thu. 10/21/2021 - 9:00am to 4:00pm