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The 6-12 English Academy will explore innovative language, literacy, and literature pedagogies for middle and secondary English classrooms. By engaging in collaborative learning activities, emphasizing Hands-On/Minds On instructional strategies, and examining diverse literacy opportunities, participants will develop a deeper understanding of best practices in English classrooms.
The 2017 Content Teaching Academy sessions begin at 8:30 Monday, June 26 and conclude at noon on Friday, June 30. On Monday-Thursday, the daily schedule is set up much like a high school 4x4 block schedule, with two 1.5 hour sessions in the morning and two 1.5 hour sessions in the afternoon. Breaks with snacks and beverages are provided between sessions in both the mornings and afternoons. Participants who are enrolled in an Academy for graduate credit must attend two additional sessions scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
The primary check-in period is from 5 to 7 pm on Sunday, June 25. Late arrivals and commuters may check in early Monday morning between 7 and 8 a.m.
Gena Southall, Associate Professor of English Education at Longwood University, had her first experience with the Content Teaching Academy in 2009. She spent six years in the middle and high school English classroom and is currently the Director of Liberal Studies at Longwood University. Her research interests include teacher preparation, cooperative learning, reading and writing integration, and grammar instruction.