New Literacies Institute

The Massachusetts New Literacies Institute is a collaborative project with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative (LPVEC). The MA DESE awarded the grant funding to the LPVEC through the ARRA Title IID Technology Program (fund code 777A) for the past two years. This Institute focuses on helping Massachusetts educators prepare students for the online literacy skills required in the 21st century. Over the past three years, over 200 teachers participated in this weeklong professional development at the Microsoft Research Center in Cambridge, MA.

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The Internet and other Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have redefined literacy in the 21st century. How should schools and teachers respond? The Massachusetts New Literacies Institute will prepare educators for teaching in powerful ways with these new digital tools. Institute activities will include inquiry projects, workshops, panel discussions, design studios, featured speakers and just-in-time learning. Working collaboratively to develop creative and innovative instructional solutions for their classrooms, participants will spend an intensely rewarding week with other educators just as passionate about transforming teaching and learning for the 21st century.

In this weeklong Institute conducted by leaders in the rapidly emerging field of new literacies and learning, you will:

•Develop expertise with teaching the new literacies of online reading comprehension and learning in your grade level or subject area as they relate to the new Massachusetts ELA and Literacy Framework.

•Design and produce video and new media products for student learning.

•Adapt innovative social networking environments for use in 21st century classrooms.

•Explore dynamic instructional models for teaching 21st century skills.

•Learn how your class can collaborate with other classrooms around the world.

•Become an instructional leader for change.

•Engage a pioneering community of teacher leaders who continue to collaborate after the Institute.

•Gain access to the latest technology and facilities of the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge.

•District team members will receive a $500 stipend.

•Each district will receive hardware to support integration of content and technology.

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•Have fun!