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Upcoming Events

​​​​​​​​The OCDE Literacy & Language Team is proud to offer a variety of professional learning opportunities in the 2022-23 school year. 

Download the 2022-23 Literacy and Language  Interactive Calendar - pdf​
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​​Offerings to Build Capacity in the Area of Literacy

Literacy & Language Network

Dates | September 2022 - May​ 2023
Time | ​8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
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​The Orange County Department of Education values the work of educators focused on the area of Literacy and Language. OCDE will continue to offer a no-cost, virt​​ual Literacy and Language Network. These monthly meetings will provide a space for collaboration around current and emerging topics in English Language Arts, English Language Development, and Dual Language instruction.

​​Coaching for Excellence

Cohort 1 | 12/8/22 & 5/25/23 (Marina Park)
Time | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cohort 2 | 2/9, 3/9, 4/27 & 5/25/23 (Marina Park)
Time | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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Participants will engage in a cohort model for professional learning about effective coaching strategies. This course is designed for someone new to the role or with many years of experience. These sessions will amplify and build on existing skill sets. A digital notebook will be shared that contains content and activities built upon a foundation of Vygotskian Sociocultural Theory as well as research and articles from coaching experts such as ASCD, Elena Aguilar, Jim Knight, and Zaretta Hammond.​

​​Supporting Statewide Literacy Series​​​​​​​​​​
​​​​Teaching Phonics & Word Study in Intermediate Grades 3-8 (Virtual)


Cohort B | 12/13/22, 1/10 & 1/24/23
Time | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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Cohort C | 2/28, 3/14, 3/28 & 4/25/23
Time | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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​Older students may require additional support and intervention with foundational skills to become proficient readers. As educators work to expand their knowledge to support emerging readers,  a deeper understanding of Phonics and Word Study knowledge can provide valuable tools and strategies to support intermediate grade students. Series Objectives:

  • Understand the foundations of phonics in the upper grades

  • Explore assessment measures to diagnose phonics and word study gaps

  • Practice strategies to support Instruction and intervention in these skills

​Unlocking the Power of the Sound Spelling Cards
A Classroom Superpower You Didn't Know You Had​

Winter Session | 12/8/22
Time | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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Spring Sesion | 3/21 & 4/18/23
Time | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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​Reading development relies on the understanding that spellings represent the sounds that form words. Once students understand the phonetic system, they have a stronger ability to decode and encode. Sound-Spelling cards provide a systematic way for students to to anchor their knowledge about sounds (phonemes) and the corresponding spellings (graphemes). Series Objectives:

  • Review common spelling patterns. 

  • Explore the organization of languages to maximize instructional impact.​

​​Building Fluency for Elementary Readers

Spring Session | 2/7, 2/21, & 3/7/23
Time | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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Oral Reading Fluency (ORF) is the ability to read aloud quickly and accurately. This is an important skill for developing readers.  It can be measured rapidly and is highly predictive of comprehension and other important measures of student reading ability.  Early literacy has been identified as a critical foundation for students’ future academic and life success. This series will:

  • Examine the elements of Fluency including, accuracy, rate and prosody
  • ​Explore the changing patterns of Growth in ORF during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Evaluate the role of assessment
Writing Practices​​

​​Writing Practices that Work

Developing Evidence-Based Arguments 6-12 | 1/25/23
Time | 3:30 -5:00 p.m.​
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Peer Review K-5 | 2/22/23
Time | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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Developing Persuasive Writing Strategies 6-12 | 3/29/23
Time | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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Persuasive Writing K-5 | 4/26/23
Time | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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Using the RAFT Writing Strategy K-5 | 5/31/23
Time | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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​These sessions will provide strategy guides for specific grade level bands to support writing. Each session will identify, define, and provide examples of effective writing strategies and offer a list of resources related to each strategy.

Series Objectives: 

  • Acquire specific and effective writing strategies to support the development of students as writers
  • Understand the research basis for each strategy
  • Explore resources to support the strategy


​​​Other Offerings to Support Literacy​

​​​Spring Cohort: Diversifying Our Texts: More Stories, Broader Views and Greater Understanding

Spring Cohort  | 3/30, 4/13 & 4/27/23
Time | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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​This three-part series will support K-12 teachers, coaches, administrators, librarians, and library/media techs in understanding the idea that books can be Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors for students. This course will ground participants in the work of Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, whose scholarly contributions serve as the foundation for acknowledging the need for diverse books, stories, and literature in our world.

Additional Offerings in Partnerships with the Learning Support Unit​​