Brown Bag Sessions
Welcome to our Brown Bag page! The goal of our voluntary Brown Bag sessions is to provide Oregon Reading First coaches the opportunity to hear about what our fellow Oregon colleagues, researchers, and other educational researchers are doing in their field. These Brown Bag sessions are scheduled to take place typically on a Friday of each month from 12:00-1:00. We will post the exact dates each month on What's Happening With Oregon Reading First? Handouts or other content that will be discussed during the Brown Bag sessions will be available on this page.
Information about each specific Brown Bag, as well as reminder on how to participate in the Brown Bag sessions, will be sent to Reading First coaches two weeks before each session. If you need any assistance in accessing the conference line, please contact either Helena (541) 346-2332 or Deni (541) 346-3530.
Currently Scheduled Brown Bags:
• April 23, 2010: Kevin Feldman (Vocabulary Consciousness and Engagement)
April 23, 2010
Kevin Feldman is theDirector of Reading and Early Intervention with the Sonoma County Office of Education. During this session he will give an overview of research-based and classroom-tested strategies for addressing academic vocabulary in K-3 classrooms.
• Building an Evidence-Based Schoolwide Program to Foster Vocabulary and Academic Language
March 19, 2010: Devin Kearns and PALS
During this session Devin Kearns from Vanderbilt University will provide participants with an overview of Peer Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS), a scientifically-researched "classwide peer-tutoring" program.
• March 2010 Brown Bag: Devin Kearns and PALS
February 26, 2010: Dr. Cathy Collins Block & Dr. John N. Mangieri
During this session Drs. Cathy Collins Block and John N. Mangieri will discuss the findings of several studies devoted to examining the vocabulary instructional practices used by exemplary teachers when working with students from challenging contexts.
• February 2010 Brown Bag: Cathy Collins Block & John N. Mangieri
January 22, 2010: Jill Jackson
Ever wonder why we teach comprehension strategies and the kids look at us like we're crazy when we ask them to use them next? If you are frustrated with this, come join this session with Jill Jackson where she discusses how to teach students to internalize and meaningfully use comprehension strategies to improve text comprehension. And most importantly, she will share how to improve comprehension by using your current materials....no purchases required!
• January 2010 Brown Bag: Jill Jackson
November 20, 2009: Dr. Jeanne Inman
Dr. Inman is the director of curriculum and instruction for the Oceanside Unified School District in California. Oceanside is in the midst of implementing a very sound and thorough academic vocabulary program, which they developed. To learn more about why this program was developed and how it is going please download the presentation below:
• November 2009 Brown Bag: Jeanne Inman
October 23, 2009: Connie Robertson
This month's session will feature Connie Robertson, coach at Lincoln Street. This Beacon School started the 2008-2009 school year with only 42% of their first graders meeting benchmark but ended with 74% meeting the goal. To learn more about how the staff and students at Lincoln Street accomplished this, please download the presentation below:
• October 2009 Brown Bag: Lincoln Street
Accessing Recorded Sessions: To access previously recorded Brown Bags held, please click here for more information.
Previous Brown Bag Sessions: To access content from the Brown Bags held during previous school years, please visit our Brown Bags archive!