Most of Argument-Centered Education’s partnerships with schools, networks, and districts involve our three-tiered service model: curriculum re-design, collaborative professional development, and implementation coaching and support. This year, though, we have gotten inquiries from prospective partner schools around the country who are mainly interested in access to argument-centered resources. We are therefore now offering two Resource Access Plans. These plans afford access to an extensive library of instructional resources for all teachers at a single school, across disciplines and grade levels.
Argument-Centered Education has been asked to present at the Fall 2017 Illinois Association of Teachers of English (IATE) conference in Bloomington-Normal in late October. The title of Argument-Centered Education’s talk is
Re-imagining literacy instruction through academic argument: Using controversies and debates to inspire our students and ourselves every day
Argument-Centered Education is conducting a Next Generation Science Standards aligned professional development workshop for middle and secondary school science teachers in Chicago, titled
Infusing Argument into Lab Reports, Science Exhibits, and Scientific Reasoning Assessments
The event will be hosted by Whitney Young Magnet High School (211 S. Laflin Ave.) on Saturday, October 21st, from 9am – 11am. It is being sponsored by the Chicago Public Schools Office of Teaching and Learning.
One of Argument-Centered Education’s several new partner schools, heading into the 2017/18 school year, is Jones College Prep High School, in Chicago. The year-long partnership will focus work with the English Department, and its objectives include building a scope and sequence for student acquisition of college-ready academic argument skills that integrates Jones English curriculum vertically, and enhancing the rigor and argument-centeredness of literary study at Jones. Recently the Science Department has sought a place at the table and expects to be included in the ongoing services partnership this year, too.
Argument-Centered Education was invited to present at the 2017 Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and we will be presenting as part of a panel on close reading, literacy instruction, and argumentation. The presentation will take place on Sunday, November 19th, at 12:45pm, in the convention center in St. Louis, Missouri.
We will take this opportunity to introduce to a wider audience a method that we have designed to enable students to apply close reading techniques to the harvesting and gathering of interpretive evidence, leading to the formulation of refined and nuanced interpretive arguments about texts.