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  1. Learn how to help students transfer the power of collaborative conversations to individual synthesis of the key ideas from a text using an original graphic organizer that bridges classroom discussion and writing.

    This is the third in a four-part webinar series with authors Linda Feaman and Nancy Geldermann. The first webinar, "Collaborating to Unlock Close Reading," can be viewed at vimeo.com/102184707. The second, “Creating Text-Dependent Questions that Lead to Discovery,” can be viewed at vimeo.com/107099430.

    Linda Feaman’s credentials include work as an educator, an administrator, and educational consultant with the Chicago Public Schools. Her expertise comes as the result of 35 years of teaching, learning, analyzing student work, observing teacher performance, examining data, and assessing curriculum, programs, and initiatives. This background has led her to truly understand the needs of both students and educators. Her recent work as an educational consultant has reinforced her belief that development of quality curriculum can only come when teachers understand what they are being asked to teach.

    After 22 years in the classroom, Nancy Geldermann is currently working as a literacy coach/consultant. Instrumental in bringing an understanding of the Common Core State Standards to Chicago teachers through collaborative work with teacher teams, teacher leaders, and administrators, Nancy’s unique approach to close reading has been used in classrooms across the city. She shares her expertise nationally through her website, keystothecore.com, and through her professional publications: Instructional Resources for Teaching the Common Core and Unlocking Close Reading, both published by Capstone.

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  2. Our panel of experts will discuss a topic of great importance in today’s classrooms – personalized learning. Many educators are finding that personalization can transform learning by tapping into students’ unique interests, individual styles, and specific needs. Learn tips and strategies from our panelists, who have years of experience working in classrooms around the country.

    Join Dr. Nancy Boyles, Linda Feaman, Nancy Geldermann, Dr. Margaret Mary Policastro, and Hillary Wolfe for a lively chat about the ways that personalized instruction can be implemented and refined in your classroom. This is an open forum so bring your questions and thoughts!

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  3. Linda Feaman and Nancy Geldermann, authors of the new book, Unlocking Close Reading, will provide background on their close reading lesson model and demonstrate their process of uncovering an embedded central idea. Participants will leave with ideas for collaborating with their own colleagues to develop similar close reading lessons on their own.

    Linda Feaman’s credentials include work as an educator, an administrator, and as an educational consultant with the Chicago Public Schools. Her expertise in the field comes as the result of 35 years of teaching, learning, analyzing student work, observing teacher performance, examining data, and assessing curriculum, programs, and initiatives. This background has led her to truly understand the needs of both students and educators. Her recent work as an educational consultant has reinforced her belief that development of quality curriculum can only come when teachers understand what they are being asked to teach. With the advent of the Common Core, it became apparent that teachers needed access to research-based materials to assist them in delivery of quality educational services.

    After 22 years in the classroom, Nancy Geldermann is currently working as a literacy coach/consultant. Instrumental in bringing an understanding of the Common Core State Standards to Chicago teachers through collaborative work with teacher teams, teacher leaders, and administrators, Nancy’s unique approach to close reading has been used in classrooms across the city. With two National Board certifications and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, she has been a driving force in the Chicago Public Schools for the past 15 years. Additionally, Nancy shares her expertise nationally through her website, keystothecore.com, and through her professional publications: Instructional Resources for Teaching the Common Core and Unlocking Close Reading, both published by Capstone.

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  4. Unstructured, free play fosters learning, reduces stress, promotes creativity, and facilitates problem solving. Yet, time for such play is being drastically reduced, sometimes eliminated in the lives of children. Thus it is important for educators and parents to be more aware of the many different forms of play and their educational, physical, and socio-emotional benefits so they are better able to provide opportunities for play. This webinar will familiarize you will the different types of play and their benefits.

    Dr. Joyce Hemphill is the author of the newest Capstone Professional release, The Power Of Playful Learning. She has a doctorate in developmental psychology from The Ohio State University and 30 years of experience teaching infant-child development, cognition, and learning. She organizes community play events, gives workshops on safe ways to play using recyclables materials, and serves on the board of the American Association for the Child’s Right to Play. Joyce retired from the University of Wisconsin School of Education in spring of 2012.

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  5. Linda Feaman and Nancy Geldermann, authors of the new book, Unlocking Close Reading, will provide background on their close reading lesson model and demonstrate their process of uncovering an embedded central idea. Participants will leave with ideas for collaborating with their own colleagues to develop similar close reading lessons on their own.

    Linda Feaman’s credentials include work as an educator, an administrator, and as an educational consultant with the Chicago Public Schools. Her expertise in the field comes as the result of 35 years of teaching, learning, analyzing student work, observing teacher performance, examining data, and assessing curriculum, programs, and initiatives. This background has led her to truly understand the needs of both students and educators. Her recent work as an educational consultant has reinforced her belief that development of quality curriculum can only come when teachers understand what they are being asked to teach. With the advent of the Common Core, it became apparent that teachers needed access to research-based materials to assist them in delivery of quality educational services.

    After 22 years in the classroom, Nancy Geldermann is currently working as a literacy coach/consultant. Instrumental in bringing an understanding of the Common Core State Standards to Chicago teachers through collaborative work with teacher teams, teacher leaders, and administrators, Nancy’s unique approach to close reading has been used in classrooms across the city. With two National Board certifications and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, she has been a driving force in the Chicago Public Schools for the past 15 years. Additionally, Nancy shares her expertise nationally through her website, keystothecore.com, and through her professional publications: Instructional Resources for Teaching the Common Core and Unlocking Close Reading, both published by Capstone.

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