Institute for Educational Development


Location: CHERRY HILL
Date: May 7, 2019


$259.00 per person
Group Price: $239.00
*For 3 or more people regestering at the same time

WORKPLACE LITERACY: Preparing English/Language Arts Students for the Reading and Writing Challenges of the Work World (Grades 6-12)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Sarah Robinson

Outstanding English/Language Arts Teacher and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for English/Language Arts (ELA) Educators Serving Grades 6-12, Title I Staff, and Special Education Teachers

  • The best workplace literacy strategies you can easily and immediately incorporate in your secondary ELA classroom
  • Outstanding ways to build essential workplace skills while simultaneously enabling students to meet your rigorous ELA expectations
  • Classroom-proven ways to increase student motivation and engagement in your grades 6-12 ELA program
  • Authentic, high-interest instructional strategies designed to strengthen students’ critical thinking and success in English/Language Arts

Practical Strategies

No matter what career our ELA students pursue, one thing is clear – today’s employers are seeking critical thinkers, analytical readers, multi-faceted writers, and confident speakers. But as busy educators, how can we best develop these and other essential workplace literacy skills while meeting our rigorous ELA expectations?

In this NEW seminar, experienced secondary ELA teacher and national presenter,Sarah Robinson will share practical, sensible and impactful ways for developing workplace literacy. Discover effective ways to bridge the needs of tomorrow’s workplace with outstanding literacy and writing instructional strategies that will authentically motivate, engage and inspire your students.

The focus will be on practical, use-tomorrow strategies that entice your students to read, write and think by tying today’s learning to their future. From using the “elevator speech” as a teaching tool to manageable project-based learning lessons that prompt students to search, analyze and evaluate digital resources, to writing emails that would impress any future employer, your students will be actively engaged in authentic reading and writing.

Join Sarah for a day full of tested, perfected, teacher-approved ideas! You will leave this seminar with a wealth of strategies and activities perfect for strengthening the workplace literacy skills of your ELA students.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Highly Effective Workplace Literacy Strategies to Equip Your Students for Success in the Work World
    Proven approaches for narrowing the gap between the literacy skills your students are learning in your ELA classroom, and those they will be expected to know and use in the workplace … Motivating, engaging, practical strategies for all your students – no matter what career paths they choose
  2. Gain a Repertoire of Strategies You Can Use Across Genres
    Learn a variety of impactful strategies that work well not only with informational text, but can also be carried across any genre … Engage your readers and improve their ability to make meaning of a variety of text
  3. Deepen Critical and Analytical Thinking in Your Students
    Discover easy-to-incorporate strategies that deepen your students’ critical thinking … Gain approaches to equip your students for success now and in their future workplace
  4. Motivate and Engage Your Secondary Readers with Complex Technical and Informational Text
    Discover highly effective, classroom-tested strategies to engage and motivate your readers in the face of challenging text … Gain many use-tomorrow ideas perfect for all your students – especially your reluctant readers
  5. Accelerate Speaking and Listening Skills While Meeting Reading and Writing Expectations
    Employers consistently emphasize the importance of speaking and listening skills … Learn practical ways to easily develop these skills in your classroom while still meeting your rigorous reading and writing expectations
  6. Motivate Unmotivated Writers with Authentic and Meaningful Writing Tasks
    Strengthen the skills of your reluctant writers and all your writers … Present your students with tasks meshed with future workplace scenarios that require and develop specific workplace literacy skills
  7. Increase Effective Student Collaboration, Evaluation and Self-Reflection
    Today’s employers increasingly value strong collaboration and self-reflection skills … Discover effective instructional moves to help you develop these skills in students with minimal teacher input
  8. Increase Student Success in Our Increasingly Diverse and Connected World
    Gain analytical reading and writing workplace literacy strategies to help your students consider and respond to the diverse, authentic needs and wants of others through analytical reading and writing
  9. Prepare Students for Success as Writers in the Workplace
    No matter the workplace, writing is a requisite skill! … Strengthen student writing skills with authentic, engaging tasks that teach students to persuade, explain and convey information for specific audiences
  10. Receive an Extensive Workplace Literacy Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive workplace literacy resource handbook, specially designed for this seminar and filled with outstanding, practical strategies for helping secondary English/Language Arts students develop key workplace literacy skills

Specific Topics


Here's what you'll learn:
  • Workplace Literacy: the best strategies for developing essential reading and writing skills for the future, while increasing your students’ ELA success now
  • Practical ways to embed job-related text into your ELA classroom to help students maximize gains as readers and see reading as “real” and relevant
  • Effective, authentic ways to scaffold, develop and strengthen students’ public speaking skills in your ELA program
  • Ways to increase meaningful collaboration and evaluation throughout the writing process using peer groups
  • How to teach credibility in writing and improve students’ ability to evaluate the reliability and usefulness of information
  • Strategies to help students critically evaluate and provide stronger evidence in their writing
    Engaging, fun ways to incorporate email in your instruction to help students develop vital reading and writing skills
  • Cross-curricular reading strategies that increase student buy-in and comprehension
  • How to help students more effectively write to diverse audiences
  • Innovative tools to streamline AND blossom students’ critical thinking
  • Ways to teach students to recognize their own biases, and research and present multiple perspectives
  • Many additional ELA instructional strategies to strengthen workplace literacy including writing bursts, authentic tasks and doable project-based learning

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

According to today’s employers, there is an increasing gap between the skills students are gaining in our ELA classrooms and the skills that their future workplaces demand. As increasingly busy secondary ELA teachers, we have a host of specific standards and objectives our students must meet. But what if we could narrow this gap and simultaneously achieve both aims?

As an experienced secondary English teacher, I am first and foremost realistic, and also passionate about sharing practical, effective and manageable ways ELA teachers can strengthen students’ workplace literacy skills. I want to equip you with outstanding ways that you can enable your students to not only meet your rigorous expectations, but at the same strengthen essential reading and writing skills they will need in their future workplace – no matter what career they choose.

Join me for a strategy-packed day of learning as I share dozens of outstanding ways we can easily incorporate workplace literacy skills into our ELA classrooms and make learning more enjoyable, relevant and impactful for our students. Get ready for a plethora of strategies you can immediately use to keep your ELA students engaged, collaborating, thinking, discovering, and producing! Each strategy is scaffolded and will work with all your students, including your reluctant readers and your high flyers.

My goal is to equip you with the best of all worlds: essential strategies for infusing workplace literacy in your existing ELA program while empowering your students to meet and exceed your rigorous ELA expectations.

I look forward to meeting and working with you!

Sincerely,
Sarah Robinson

P.S. As a fellow secondary ELA teacher, I promise that you can easily adapt and implement all the strategies I share – the very next day in your classroom!

Who Should Attend

English/Language Arts (ELA) Educators Serving Grades 6-12, Title I Staff, and Special Education Teachers

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Workplace Literacy Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • The top needs of today’s employers and strategies for helping students meet these in your ELA classroom
    • Classroom-tested active reading strategies to help students tackle challenging informational text
    • Strategies that focus students’ critical thinking and broaden their perspective beyond themselves
    • High impact writing tasks perfect for today’s ELA classrooms, meeting your expectations, and also vital for students’ future workplaces
    • Collaborative tools that improve student meaning making of text and prepare them for a “team-centered” workplace
    • Ways to enhance students’ listening and speaking skills in your ELA classroom
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in developing students’ workplace literacy skills while helping them meet rigorous ELA expectations.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Sarah Robinson will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own English/Language Arts program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.