February Professional Learning Opportunities

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January 27, 2021

English Language Arts





February Professional Learning Opportunities

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NC Department of Public Instruction & the National Humanities Center


The Why of Where: Teaching Identity in Landscape and Literary Texts


February 2, 2021 4:00pm ET


Often, when teaching about identity, there is an over-emphasis on chronology without strong enough consideration given to geography. The use of geospatial thinking allows interactions of place, space, time, and scale to be more obvious, allowing students to develop the ability to answer not only “where?” but “why there?”


In this session, participants will learn about the intersection of identity and landscape. Participants will learn about strategies for students to talk about how they identify, how that identity interacts with culture, and how culture shapes perspective. We will feature literary and film examples with perceived/defined roles, including resources in Spanish.


All participants will receive a free Library Card to the Humanities in Class Digital Library (HICDL), an Open Education Resource (OER)-based platform that collects and combines the best in humanities scholarship and education for use in the K-12 and collegiate classroom. All session materials will be accessible in the HICDL, and participants can access, evaluate, modify, and publish their own work. The HICDL connects seamlessly with Google Classroom and most Learning Management Systems, and all materials are open with a Creative Commons license. The HICDL is quickly becoming a makerspace for humanities education innovation with new members and resources being added daily.


Attend this Session




Andy Mink, Vice President of Education, National Humanities Center, Durham, NC


Jennifer Nichols, English & Spanish Teacher, Cox Mill High School, Cabarrus Public Schools, Concord, NC


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February NCELAReads


Topic: Reading Digital Texts


NC ELA educators are invited to participate in NCELAReads, a two-week study, to discuss particular articles to share ideas, ask questions, and share resources.  These studies are offered through a private Facebook group.  NCELAReads follows a Text, Talk, Take structure where participants read texts, answer questions to talk about them, and browse free resources to take to deepen their learning.  


The topic of this NCELAReads will explore reading digital, complex texts.  Given the current conditions and increased use of technology, teachers everywhere are incorporating digital texts in the classroom. And, with the Priority Instructional Content’s emphasis on learning to read, close reading, and reading volume, more attention may be needed with helping students to read these digital, complex texts.  This NCELAReads will extend from the December issue of the ELA SCOOP and focus on supporting students in reading and comprehending digital, complex texts.


The link to join this private Facebook group will be available closer to the date.  Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!