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Of potential interest for New York readers, assuming they can make it
through the snow!
mike

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From: Learning Cultures <learningculturesinfo@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Subject: Learning Cultures
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Invited!  You are invited to visit NYC public middle and high schools to
see Learning Cultures, an exciting educational innovation in action! Please
feel welcome to attend one or more site visits to schools where Learning
Cultures is being implemented to learn about the model and see how it is
impacting student learning. Talk to teachers and school leaders who are
implementing the model, and visit classrooms where it can be seen in
practice.   About Learning Cultures is a comprehensive approach to literacy
teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms in all subject areas. It was
developed by Cynthia McCallister through her work with dozens of teachers
and hundreds of K-12 students over the last 20 years. The Learning Cultures
model is organized around activity formats, which include Cooperative
Unison Reading, Work Time, Responsibility Teams, Learning Conferences, and
the Share. Components of the model are derivative of conventional literacy
workshop and guided reading practices that have been reworked to integrate
scientifically-based research in order to better promote student
independence, agency and responsibility, achievement, motivation and
cooperation. The model is currently being implemented in seven schools,
from elementary through high school, where it has dramatically impacted
student achievement and engagement.

Learning Cultures has been implemented in NYC K-12 schools with dramatic
results in student motivation, engagement, achievement and cooperative
behaviors. At the Jacob Riis School, a public Pre-K-8 school in Lower
Manhattan where Learning Cultures was piloted from 2007-2011 under the
leadership of Principal Kerry Decker, Learning Cultures resulted in robust
gains in ELA achievement in all years of implementation.1

Cynthia McCallister, the developer of the Learning Cultures model, is
Associate Professor of Education at NYU where she directs the Learning
Cultures Project. Cynthia is the author of *Unison Reading:
Socially-inclusive Group Instruction for Equity and Achievement* (Corwin
Press, 2011), and was the founding director of NYU's Literacy MA program.

[1] In a recent study comparing Jacob Riis 3-8th grade ELA scores to 5000
students from 10 other K-8 schools, achievement levels of Jacob Riis
students outpaced students at other schools at a high level of statistical
significance in all testing grades across all years (with the exception of 6
th grade, when half of the incoming class is comprised of students from
outside schools) (McCallister, Mauceri, Pignol, in process). In schools
where Learning Cultures is now being implemented, it is proving to be
highly supportive of special and general education students and English
language learners in ELA and content subjects classrooms.
   Tour Dates & Locations *Location:* Urban Assembly Unison School, 170
Gates Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (3rd Floor)
*Date:* Thursday, February 13
*Time:* 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
*Fee:* This event is open to all and free of cost. But pre-registration is
required. See Registration instructions below.

*Location:* High School of Language and Innovation, 925 Astor Avenue
(Christopher Columbus Campus), Bronx, NY
*Date:* Thursday, February 27
*Time:* 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
*Fee:* This event is open to all and free of cost. But pre-registration is
required. See Registration instructions below.

*Location:* Urban Assembly School for Green Careers, 145 W. 84th Street
(Brandies Campus), New York, NY
*Date:* Monday, March 3
*Time:* 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
*Fee:* This event is open to all and free of cost. But pre-registration is
required. See Registration instructions below.

*Location:* Urban Assembly Institute for Young Women in Math and Science,
983 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY
*Date:* Monday, March 10
*Time:* 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
*Fee:* This event is open to all and free of cost. But pre-registration is
required. See Registration instructions below.

*Registration: **RSVP with your name, contact telephone number, and
institutional affiliation to:* learningculturesinfo@gmail.com. If you
register but find you cannot attend, please notify us of your absence so
that we can plan accordingly.
*Lunch* *is not provided*. Informal brownbag/Q&A sessions will be scheduled
mid-day between a presentation of the Learning Cultures model and classroom
visits.
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