Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm: EMPOWERING Readers & Writers--Planning Motivational & Assistive Units and Lessons to Promote Literacy

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Last Date to Register: 1/29/2018 12:00 AM
Agency: CESA 6
Agency Contact: Kathy Schmitt
Agency Assistant: Amy Ruppert 920-236-0562
Location: BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Oshkosh
1 N Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Facility: Athearn Ballroom
1/31/2018 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM

Going with the Flow: Teaching for Engagement and Understanding  This highly interactive session will review the findings of Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm’s two major studies of boys and their literacy (Reading Don’t Fix No Chevys… and Going with the Flow…) and how the findings explain issues of motivation and learning. Further, Dr. Wilhelm will lead us on an exploration of how to create the conditions of engagement and understanding in units, through the use of the inquiry model, and through specific lessons with the use of think aloud and action strategies.

Afternoon Session:

Diving Deep Into Nonfiction With Reader’s Rules of Notice  Dr. Wilhelm will delve into "the how" of teaching students to read and write nonfiction texts across the curriculum. Further, he will explore several techniques for engaging and assisting readers and writers to conscious competence.

The Goals and Outcomes
Participants will:

  • Explore reframing units and lessons as inquiry / cognitive apprenticeship to make learning active and engaging.
  • Understand and meet the conditions of motivation in unit and lesson planning.
  • Discover how to plan units using Essential Questions, Frontloading, constructional sequencing, daily deliverables / formative assessment and culminating projects.
  • Learn to plan lessons using visual strategies, think alouds, practice in miniature, questioning, and writing like a reader.
  • Use reader's rules of notice to assist readers and writers.

Grades 3–12: Anyone who teaches literacy in any context and content area, instructional, literacy and content-area leaders, reading specialists, coaches, principals and curriculum directors.

Jeffrey Wilhelm

Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm is a Distinguished Professor of English Education of Boise State University in Idaho. He is the founding director of the Boise State Writing Project. Jeff regularly teaches middle and high school as part of his professional development network work. He has devoted his professional career to helping teachers help their students, particularly those students considered to be reluctant, struggling or at-risk. Jeff is a highly regarded, published author of 37 books, including: Diving Deep Into Nonfiction (2017); Reading Unbound: Why Kids Need to Read What They Want – and Why We Should Let Them (2013); Engaging Readers and Writers With Inquiry (2008); Going with the Flow: How to Engage Boys (and Girls) in their Literacy Learning (co-authored with Michael W. Smith, 2006); and, Reading Don’t Fix No Chevys: The Role of Literacy in the Lives of Young Men (co-authored with Michael W. Smith, 2002).


CESA 6 makes every effort to accommodate basic dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten free and basic food allergies. Because of the number of meals served and the number of items used each day, along with food product changes from our food vendors, we cannot guarantee that every allergen in the food served will be identified and labeled. Guests concerned with food allergies must be aware of this risk. CESA 6 does not assume liability for adverse reactions to food consumed or items one may come into contact with while eating at a CESA 6 event. To better serve our guests with dietary restrictions or allergies, please go into your myQuickReg account and update the special accommodations section. Notice of a special dietary need must be made in advance of the event.

Cancellation Policy:

Any registration cancellation must be received 48 business hours before the scheduled date for a refund to be issued. Because attendance at most sessions is limited, persons registering and not in attendance on the day of the session will be charged the full registration fee. CESA 6 reserves the right to cancel any session due to insufficient enrollment. Participants will be notified by email or phone if a cancellation occurs.