In response to the call for increased literacy and more equitable learning opportunities across the state of Michigan, the 6-12 Disciplinary Literacy Task Force formed. The group’s first charge was to revise and publish the Essential Practices for Disciplinary Literacy Instruction in the Secondary Classroom: Grades 6 to 12, based on the work of lead researchers from the University of Michigan, Drs. Elizabeth Moje and Darin Stockdill. During the 2019-2020 school year, education consultants and educators from around Michigan participated in the Regional One-Day Institute, which served as an introduction to the Essential Practices for Disciplinary Literacy Instruction in the Secondary Classroom. To keep the conversation (and learning) moving forward among secondary English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Career Tech, Visual/Performing Arts, and World Languages teachers, the Disciplinary Literacy Task Force is excited to offer the Deeper Dive Institute during the 2020-2021 school year.

Author Bio

Laura Gabrion is a Literacy Consultant at Wayne RESA. She is interested in disciplinary literacy pedagogy, writing self-efficacy research and application, and integrating technology to enhance instruction. She can be reached at gabriol@resa.net.

Michelle Renna is a Secondary Literacy Coach at the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD). She is interested in reading and writing workshop, disciplinary literacy, as well as working with developing readers. She can be reached at mrenna@muskegonisd.org.

Megan Schrauben is the Executive Director for the MiSTEM Network at the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. She is interested in growing inclusive communities through the use of problem-based learning with direct connections to future careers. She can be reached at chraubenM1@michigan.gov.

Jenelle Williams is a Literacy Consultant within the Leadership and School Improvement unit at Oakland Schools. She joined the organization in 2017 following 18 years of experience in public schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She has served as a classroom teacher, IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator, teacher leader, and educational technology coach. An IB Educator since 2013, Jenelle leads professional development workshops for coordinators and building leaders in IB World Schools. She holds an Education Specialist in Leadership degree and a Master’s degree in Reading and Language Arts through Oakland University. Jenelle is passionate about supporting teachers, building leaders, and central office administrators in the area of secondary literacy, and she is especially excited to be able to support Michigan’s work around disciplinary literacy through her role as Co-Chair of the statewide Disciplinary Literacy Task Force.



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