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Curious about research-backed strategies and best practices for cultivating independence and agency in your students' learning journeys? The goal of teaching to mastery is for students to master the objective being taught with independence and agency. The question is, do we allow children to take risks in their learning to get to the point of independence? Join Natalie Mitchell for this hands-on, interactive workshop as we explore strategies that will enable students to see a solid model of a skill or objective, apply that to their reading or writing, and then spend time practicing that skill or objective on their own. Get ready to provide your students with the skills they need to become independent and self-directed learners! Natalies’s expertise as a literacy consultant will equip you with the tools and resources you need to weave a learning objective through a series of scaffolded release learning opportunities that will promote transfer from what a student sees being modeled to trying on their own with confidence.  

This is workshop three of three for the series titled “Explicit and Systemic Instruction in the Literacy Classroom.” 

Key Takeaways: 

  1. Explore practical strategies for promoting transfer and independence in learning, including explicit instruction, metacognitive strategies, and real-world application of knowledge and skills.  
  2. Learn how to scaffold learning experiences to gradually release responsibility to students, providing support and guidance as they develop the skills and confidence to work independently. 
  3. Discover the importance of fostering a growth mindset and cultivating a culture of inquiry, curiosity, and perseverance in the classroom, encouraging students to take risks and embrace challenges as opportunities for growth. 
  4. Gain insights into the role of feedback, reflection, and goal setting in promoting student agency and self-regulation, empowering students to monitor their progress, set learning goals, and take ownership of their learning journey. 

Workshop Details:

While we recommend that you attend all sessions of the workshop series to meet the learning objectives, each workshop can be attended as a standalone. Full members will also have access to view the recordings on demand and earn up to three continuing education credits. 

Special Technology Instructions: 

Attendees will need access to an internet-enabled device and a personal Google account (not affiliated with their school). SimpleK12’s Google Classroom will be utilized for the interactive and hands-on components of this workshop.


Participants will have communication and collaboration and opportunities throughout the traini

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