Cris Tovani: No More Telling As Teaching -- Less Lecture, More Engaged Learning (Gr. 6-12)

Questions? Contact Amy Ruppert, Program Assistant @ 920.236.0562

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Last Date to Register: 8/6/2018 11:59 PM
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

Become Skilled at Creating Powerful Learning Experiences That Will Make Students’ Engagement and Learning Soar!

When it comes to student engagement, planning and assessment go hand-in-hand. Students get bored when the work they do doesn’t have an authentic purpose or audience. Thoughtful use of planning and assessment structures will 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.

Participant Learning Targets:

  * Teachers will be able to give students multiple opportunities to show what they know and need.

  * Teachers will be able to use learning targets to provide feedback that will increase understanding.

  * Teachers will be able to describe what makes a compelling unit.

  * Teachers will be able to articulate for each unit of study what they want students to know and be able to do.


Recipient of the International Literacy Association's 2017 Adolescent Literacy Thought Leader Award

Cris Tovani is a 33-year veteran teacher and reading specialist, staff developer, author, and nationally known consultant, on the issues of reading, content comprehension and assessment in middle and secondary classrooms. Cris still chooses to teach high school students full time in Denver, Colorado. Her new book, No More Telling As Teaching, Less Lecture, More Engaged Learning (Heinemann), was published in April 2017 and co-authored with Elizabeth Moje. Cris' other publications include: I Read It, but I Don’t Get It (Stenhouse 2000), Do I Really Have to Teach Reading? (Stenhouse 2004), and the videotape sets, “Thoughtful Reading” (Stenhouse 2003) and “Comprehending Content” (Stenhouse 2004).

Cris is currently working on a new project with Samantha Bennett called Literacy Labs. Literacy Labs is a classroom-based PD focused on adolescent engagement in reading, writing, and talk. Stay tuned!




Early Bird Registration
Deadline = Fri., June 29, 2018
$200 per participant 

Standard Registration
June 30 - Aug. 3, 2018
$225 per participant

Team Registration
At least 3 participants from the same school / district / organization
$200 per participant


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.