ELA Events At a Glance

Fall 2014

Edcamp ELA:
Saturday, September 6

What Is It?

Edcamp is a free, participant-driven day of learning - an un-conference where attendees to decide what’s on the agenda for the day and all participants have opportunities to share their skills, passions, and knowledge.

Edcamp ELA, held at Hoover High School from 8-3:30 on September 6, is an Edcamp event designed specifically to address the needs and interests of educators who focus on reading, writing, and literacy.

How You Can Participate:

Check out the Edcamp ELA website to learn more. Then sign up at the link below, and get ready for a great day of learning with and from ELA colleagues. Don’t forget to connect with new folks on Twitter to keep in touch after the face-to-face learning is done, and use #EdcampELA to share your learning.

Sign Up for Edcamp ELA Here

See the video below for more on what makes Edcamp a powerful learning experience.

International Literacy Day: Monday, September 8

What Is It?

Celebrated annually by the International Reading Association, this day is designed to focus attention on literacy issues.  IRA’s theme for this year is “Lift Off to Literacy.”  

How You Can Participate:

To celebrate, sign up to receive a digital kit filled with quick literacy strategies and activities that connect to the theme but can be adapted to fit many contexts.

Sign Up for International Literacy Day Here

See the video below for a message from astronaut Kjell Lindgren on why NASA is partnering with IRA for "Lift Off to Literacy."

International Dot Day:
Monday, September 15

What Is It?

Inspired by Peter H. Reynolds’s book The Dot, teacher Terry Shay created Dot Day to help connect people around the world to collaborate and celebrate creativity.

How You Can Participate:

First, check out The Dot, a little picture book with a powerful message for learners of all ages. Then sign up at the link below, explore the Dot Day website for ways to connect and help your students “make their mark,” and share your activities on September 15 using the hashtag #DotDay.

Sign Up for Dot Day Here

See the video below to learn more about how students get creative on Dot Day.

Global Read Aloud:
Mon, October 6 - Fri, November 14

What Is It?

The premise of the Global Read Aloud is “One book to connect the world.” The goal is for classes to read an age-appropriate text during a six-week period and make as many global connections as possible via tools and platforms such as Twitter, Skype, Edmodo, blogs, email, and more. Connecting with other classes for discussion of a shared text allows for more meaningful and authentic analysis of reading and opportunities to share both varying perspectives and cultural common ground. This year’s books are

  • Peter H. Reynolds (author study)
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
  • One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

How You Can Participate:

Check out the texts listed above to see what would be the best fit for your learners. Then sign up at the link below and use the Global Read Aloud wiki to find ways to kick off your classroom read-aloud and connect with classrooms around the world. Share what you and your students are up to by using the hashtag #GRA14.

Sign Up for the Global Read Aloud Here

See the video below for a message from Pernille Ripp, founder of the Global Read Aloud.

Edcamp Tuscaloosa:
Saturday, October 18

What Is It?

This list begins and ends with Edcamp events.  Though not specifically an ELA event, Edcamp Tuscaloosa offers an opportunity for all educators to learn together.   It's a free day of learning right in our own back yard (Rock Quarry Middle School).  There will be free breakfast and lunch; door prizes and swag; and - most importantly - a barrage of new ideas, strategies, and chances to connect with like-minded local learners.  Join us for the fun from 8-3 on October 18!

How You Can Participate:

Sign up at the link below, invite colleagues in your building, and spread the word by using the hashtag #EdcampTusc.  On the day of the event, come ready to take charge of your professional learning in this participant-driven event.

Sign Up for Edcamp Tuscaloosa Here

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