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Teaching for Transfer: Building Real-World Connections Through Constructive Conversations

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Teaching for Transfer: Building Real-World Connections Through Constructive Conversations

Presented by Barbara Andrews, Literacy Consultant, Benchmark Education
Moderated by Kimberly Plummer, Director of Product Marketing, Benchmark Education

Sponsored by Benchmark Education

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View this edWebinar to learn how to identify effective ways to improve literacy and language skills by guiding students to apply and transfer their learning to new situations, such as independent reading and writing, inquiry projects, and state tests. Barbara Andrews, Co-author of Small-Group Reading Instruction and former multilingual teacher and administrator, explains how to develop diverse students’ abilities to participate in collaborative academic conversations and use what they have learned in different contexts.

This research-based edWebinar focuses on pathways and processes that enable K-8 students, including multilingual learners, to build knowledge, meet state standards, and improve their communication and thinking skills. You learn how to:

  • Adapt or design lessons to increase understanding, and then show students how to apply their knowledge
  • Improve students’ abilities to sustain productive academic conversations by layering ideas and information
  • Teach speaking, listening, and metacognitive skills that enable students to learn successfully during group activities
  • Provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their mastery and transfer of targeted skills and strategies

This recorded edWebinar shares proven ways to develop students who can discuss, apply, and transfer what they are learning, so it is of interest to K-8 literacy and multilingual directors and specialists, as well as principals, instructional coaches, teachers, and other educators involved in literacy and language development.

Barbara AndrewsAbout the Presenter

Barbara Andrews spent 27 years as a multilingual classroom educator, instructional facilitator, and district administrator. Her wealth of experience now helps her provide effective professional development as a senior national literacy consultant for Benchmark Education Company. In this role, she has worked extensively with teachers across the country, doing presentations, on-site demonstration lessons, and coaching. Barbara has also successfully supported school districts in the implementation of effective literacy instruction and the use of curriculum materials for multilingual learners. She contributes to the development of new instructional programs as an author and contributing editor and has written children’s books in English and in Spanish. Barbara is also the co-author of the PD Essentials professional book, Small-Group Reading Instruction.

Kimberly PlummerAbout the Moderator

Kimberly Plummer spent 18 years as a classroom teacher and during her tenure served as a district mentor teacher, coaching student teachers, especially those from underrepresented groups. She also created professional development to promote teacher retention and served on many site and district committees, most notably the Curriculum Innovation Committee and the Teacher Development Team for State Standards in History-Social Science. Kimberly’s classroom experience proved invaluable when she transitioned to educational publishing, where her roles enabled her to utilize her content expertise to support districts’ implementation of instructional materials. She has been involved in the development of resources for multilingual learners across all content areas, and she is currently the director of product marketing for ELL/ELD and Spanish for Benchmark Education Company.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
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