Cris Tovani and Stephanie Harvey: Middle School and High School Summer Literacy Institute

Questions? Contact Amy Ruppert, Program Assistant @ 920.236.0562

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Last Date to Register: 8/6/2018 12:00 AM
Agency: CESA 6
Agency Contact: Di Bushkie
Agency Assistant: Amy Ruppert 920-236-0562
Location: Oshkosh Convention Center
2 N. Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Facility: Paul L. Conference Room
8/8/2018 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
8/9/2018 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM

Wednesday, August 8, 2018: High School Focus with Cris Tovani

Figuring Out What Students Need in Order to Plan Engaging Units of Study

Planning and assessment go hand-in-hand when teachers are going for student engagement. When assessments don’t inform planning and instruction, students get bored.  During this daylong workshop, Cris Tovani will share how she redefines assessment to help her plan engaging units of study. Thoughtful use of planning and assessment structures engage students behaviorally, emotionally, and cognitively.  When teachers know how to plan for engagement, students eagerly want to read, write, and discuss important content. Cris will help teachers think about ways to manage daily assessment and grading.  She will also share what makes a compelling unit so teachers can enhance students’ need to know.

Participants will approach or hit the following learning targets:

  • I can give my students multiple opportunities to show what they know and need.
  • I can use learning targets to provide feedback that will increase understanding.
  • I can describe what makes a compelling unit.
  • I can articulate for each unit of study what I want students to know and be able to do.

Thursday, August 9, 2018: Middle School Focus with Stephanie Harvey

Content Literacy – Building Knowledge Through Thinking and Intensive Learning

Conventional content instruction needs to be turned on its head. Content learning is not about slogging through “mile-wide inch deep” textbooks or answering a list of end of chapter questions. Instead, kids should grapple with complex issues, address essential questions and come to enduring understandings. Curiosity and strategic thinking are central to effective content literacy instruction. You can’t help but ask questions in a classroom that is filled to bursting with great text, stirring images, engaging artifacts and so on. Thinking about information rather than simply filling in bubbles and blanks leads to long term learning. When teaching content, we teach kids to merge their thinking with the information to learn, understand and remember it.  Comprehension is at the core when it comes to understanding content and building knowledge. So we teach thinking-intensive reading, listening and viewing across the curriculum every day, all year. Participants will:

  • Learn techniques to engage learners in content so they will learn, understand and remember it.
  • Learn about the powerful role of curiosity in content instruction.
  • See the value of using comprehension strategies to enhance content learning and understanding.

From Striving To Thriving: How To Grow Capable, Confident Readers

We need an intervention on interventions when it comes to reading instruction.  Of  late, we seem to have become addicted to interventions. Every time a child has difficulty reading a text, we call for yet another intervention.  Programs don’t teach kids, teachers teach kids!  The research is clear – when kids have access to compelling texts, plenty of time to read text they can and want to read, opportunities to think and talk about what they have read and explicit, targeted instruction in comprehension strategies, they grow as readers.  Nothing correlates higher to reading achievement than reading volume.  So before sending striving readers off to yet another published program, match them to books that matter to them, and build in plenty of time to just plain read.  The best intervention is a good book a child can and wants to read!  Participants will:

  • Discover ways to build in more time for kids to read extensively in school every day.
  • Learn of a variety of ways to get to know kids as readers, including creating their own textual lineage as a model for their kids to do them same.
  • Learn why comprehension strategies as the striving reader’s super power and how strategic reading enhances learning for strivers



Oshkosh Convention Center
2 N. Main Street, Oshkosh 54901
Paul L. Ballroom


Best Western Waterfront Hotel
(Attached to the Oshkosh Convention Center)
(920) 230-1900

Block rate = $92 per evening (plus tax) ends on June 27, 2018

For more information or questions about registration, please contact:

Amy Ruppert, Literacy Center Program Assistant



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.