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Addressing Text Dependent Analysis at AdvancED South Carolina Fall Conference

Nov 14, 2016

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Dr. Steve Biancaniello hit the road yet again to spread the word and resources needed to tackle Text Dependent Analysis. The Director of Professional Learning for the OHS Performance Insight Institute headed down to Columbia, South Carolina where he presented at the state's AdvancED  Fall Conference on Friday, November 11. The day-long event at the Columbia Conference Center brought together educators, thought leaders, and practitioners in the state to explore strategies and approaches that maximize school improvement.

As we all know, Text Dependent Analysis (TDA) is a hot issue in the education space right now. The rise of national Common Core Standards in Reading/ELA and Mathematics brought with them an increased demand for rigor in the teaching and learning process. Enter TDA. This new assessment measurement requires students to synthesize answers based on specific evidence within a reading passage and demonstrate their ability to interpret the meaning behind that evidence. 

But how do you quickly and effectively change your ways of teaching literacy? That's the questions educators are grappling with from sea to shining sea. Dr. Biancaniello has been traveling from our homebase in Pittsburgh, PA to various convenings to help educators tackle the issue. In his session at AdvancED, he provided insight into Text Dependent Analysis professional learning that is built upon the Learning Forward National Standards for Professional Learning. Participants experiences research-based strategies that focus on the infrastructure of Reading instruction and on establishing scaffolds for comprehension and analysis of text.

Attendees left Dr. Biancaniello's session with insight into how Standards-based Professional Learning provides educators with practical skills and strategies that are not only applicable across grade levels, but also produce opportunities for students to engage in learning experiences that increase competence and confidence in the process of comprehending and analyzing text.

Thanks again to the conference organizers and all of the amazing folks who attended. It's a great honor to work with such dedicated, innovative educators and school leaders. Thanks for all you do every single day.

Dr. Biancaniello will be back in the area in early December to deliver two additional day-long TDA trainings in Spartanburg, South Carolina. On December 7th, he'll target uses of TDA in grades 3-5, and the following session on December 8th will focus on grades 6-8. Click here to register! To learn more about TDA, check out our resource page.

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