A Day at Judson - Master of Education in Literacy | Judson University Christian College

"Going Bigger Than the Test! Growing Readers, Writers and Critical Thinkers 5-12"

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Seminar Schedule

Mon., Oct. 15, 2018

Lindner Campus Commons

8:00 a.m. Coffee and tea with pastries
8:30 a.m. Seminar Begins
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch Provided
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Dessert Break
3:30 p.m. Seminar Ends

HANDOUT - Print for use during Cris Tovani's seminar.

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 8 a.m.
Lindner Campus Commons - Judson University

Cris Tovani on the Day:

"During this daylong workshop, I will share ways to increase student engagement so that kids get to work at least as hard as their teachers. We will focus on critical thinking and how educators can provide authentic audiences and purposes to give students a reason to read, write, and discuss. While we investigate current research to support instructional practices, you will 'have a go' at doing some writing and examine different tools to structure the day so that students get more time to read, write and think."

Attend this event and earn 6 PD Hours!

About Cris Tovani

Cris Tovani taught elementary school for ten years before becoming a high school reading specialist and English teacher. A nationally known consultant, she chooses to continue teaching high school students full-time. She has also worked for many years as a staff developer for the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC), the consortium that has received national acclaim for its work in reading comprehension reform. In addition to teaching and consulting, she has served as an adjunct instructor for the University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Denver.

Cris has authored the books; “I Read It, but I Don’t Get It” (Stenhouse 2000), “Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?” (Stenhouse 2004), and the videotape sets; “Thoughtful Reading” (Stenhouse 2003) and “Comprehending Content” (Stenhouse 2004). Cris is now working on a new project with Samantha Bennett called Literacy Labs. Literacy Labs is a classroom-based PD focused on adolescent engagement in reading, writing, and talk.

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Author of...
I Read It But

I Read It, But I Don't Get It

"I Read It, but I Don't Get It is a practical, engaging account of how teachers can help adolescents develop new reading comprehension skills. Cris Tovani is an accomplished teacher and staff developer who writes with verve and humor about the challenges of working with students at all levels of achievement—from those who have mastered the art of "fake reading" to college-bound juniors and seniors who struggle with the different demands of content-area textbooks and novels.



Tovani No More Telling 

No More Telling as Teaching

The truth is, when we rely on lecture in an effort to cover content, we're doing students a disservice. Although lecture can be engaging and even useful, lecture alone cannot give kids real opportunities to learn, retain, and transfer the disciplinary ideas, skills, and practices we're trying to teach. Cris Tovani and Elizabeth Moje help us translate the time spent lecturing into powerful learning experiences where students interact and inquire into topics that matter. Their research-based alternatives help you create the conditions for engaging, relevant work that's inherently interesting and sparks critical thinking.


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