Digital Nonfiction Reading, Writing, and Note-taking Institute K-8

Monday, May 4 - Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Institute will be offered virtually through Zoom.
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Grade: K-8
Featuring: Colleen Cruz, Eric Hand, Rachel Rothman, Katy Wischow
Payment: Purchase orders for this institute can be made out to: Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Network, 525 W 120th Street, Box 77, New York, NY 10027

This institute will focus on the Project’s latest thinking around the integration of digital and media literacy with a particular emphasis on reading workshop methods and curriculum to support nonfiction research. It will introduce participants to our latest and most successful methods for authentically tapping the power of digital tools and media within the workshop classroom in an aim to foster digitally literate students. Instructors will show how new media can dramatically affect regularly taught skills in reading such as determining main ideas, cross text synthesis, and questioning the text.

You will also learn how to effectively use multimodal texts to increase comprehension and as a means to support evaluation of sources and critical reading. Additionally you will explore the latest research about comprehension differences between digital and analogue texts. When is a paper text better? When is a digital text better? You will learn strategies for deepening reading comprehension when the text is digital.

Across the institute, you will not only learn how to support students as self-navigators and digital citizens, you will also advance your own digital literacy skills, while engaging in your own reading of multimodal texts.

This institute will also discuss media literacy, supporting strategies for media criticism, and ways to authentically integrate author’s intent or purpose across the various types of texts readers encounter. Presenters will help you practice and consider the role of note-taking when working digitally and the best ways to teach students to engage in note-taking that truly supports comprehension and analysis. The goal of this institute is for participants to leave with armloads of strategies, resources and ideas for bringing 21st century learning back to your schools.

We are excited to build on the energy and excitement from our past institutes, and plan to share our best work from last year’s institute in addition to our revised and latest thinking.


$650/$600 NYC DOE


This institute will take place at the Teachers College campus.
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street
New York, NY