DCS Middle School ELA Specialist
Kelly Gallagher Event
What can we be sure to find in Desoto County Schools this school year? Undoubtedly, we should notice an upsurge of deeper readers and better writers as a result of July’s reading and writing workshop with Kelly Gallagher.
Over 100 dedicated elementary, middle, and high school teachers and administrators from across the district attended a one-day workshop with renowned author and speaker, Kelly Gallagher. Approaching his 30th year in education, Mr. Gallagher’s expertise brought literacy to life for teachers across the disciplines. Through the course of this workshop, Mr. Gallagher provided teachers with an array of instructional strategies that encourage students to read like writers and write like readers.
A few Take-Aways sure to be evident in our classrooms this fall:
- A balance of rigorous and recreational reading
- A reliance upon authentic, rich mentor texts
- An increase in teacher modeling and conferring
- A shift from “one and done” thinking to process thinking
Throughout the course of the day, teachers enjoyed the time to regroup and reflect with colleagues. Many also took the opportunity to converse with Mr. Gallagher, have professional books signed by the author, and create a buzz of excitement through Twitter. Energy was evident, and teachers will certainly be returning to schools armed to cultivate better readers, deeper writers, and reflective educators.
As part of our secondary ELA textbook adoption, Pearson sponsored this event and provided lunch to participants. Horn Lake High School’s hospitality was extended in the hosting of this event. Lexami and Booksource offered an array of professional books as well as classroom books for purchase. Much thanks to these groups for making this day of professional development a great success!
To fully benefit from the ongoing nature of professional development, school administrators may want to consider facilitating a book study utilizing one of Mr. Gallagher’s books, such as Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12; Write Like This: Teaching Real World Writing through Modeling and Mentor Texts; and Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It.
Ms. Gwen Price from Southaven Middle School was one of many teachers who seized the opportunity to meet and have her book autographed by author Kelly Gallagher.
Desoto Central Middle School ELA and Content Area teachers collaborated on ways to infuse literacy-rich strategies across the disciplines.
Ms. Katherine Nelson shared Mr. Kuykendall’s note to administrators in the front cover of Readicide as part of 2012-2013 ASD summer reading.
Ms. Casey McManus from Lake Cormorant Middle School contributed to the energy of the day through social media. Here is what she had to say :