Thriller Thursdays Super Saturdays

Have FUN in our NEW professional development series designed to WOW you with innovation strategies for teaching critical thinking and literacy skills.

2017 Thriller Thursdays Topics 

Teaching Genre Writing Using Mentor Texts

Presented By:  Crystal Fennell,  5th Grade Teacher, Toddy Thomas Middle School, Fortuna
Fortuna Middle School, Room 401: January 18th, 2018–4:30pm-7:30pm
Humboldt State University, Harry Griffith Hall, Room 117:  January 20th, 2018–9:00am-12:00pm

This workshop will provide educators with skills and strategies to implement literacy standards throughout content areas.  Educators will leave the workshop with a toolkit of resources that are easily transformed to any grade level and use in their classroom.  Come look at how reading, writing, listening, and speaking could look throughout the school day!

Literacy Skills and Strategies Across Content Areas K-8

Presented By: Roger Culps, Diversion & 6 Core Teacher, McKinleyville Middle School
Fortuna Middle School, Room 401:  February 8th, 2018–4:30pm-7:30pm
Humboldt State University, Harry Griffith Hall, Room 117:  February 10th, 2018–9:00am-12:00pm  Cancelled

How can helping your students be better readers lead to improving writing?  Find out as we look at the place where the two skills meet.  Workshop participants will learn techniques and practice ways to enhance your students’ ability to comprehend and utilize information they’ve read in order to create various types of written pieces.

Dynamic Science:  Engaging Students with Informational Text and Text Dependent Questions

Presented By:  Cassandra Culps, 7th Grade Teacher, Loleta Elementary School
Fortuna Middle School, Room 401: March 8th, 2018–4:30pm-7:30pm
Humboldt State University, Harry Griffith Hall, Room 117:  March 10th, 2018–9:00am-12:00pm  Cancelled

Are you searching for ways to effectively teach literacy alongside the Next Generation Science Standards?  Are you hoping to use challenging sources but find your students struggle just to read academic text?  The answer could be effective use of close reading strategies and text dependent questioning.  Join us to learn how to implement these valuable techniques to help science, or other content areas, come alive for your students.

Make History Mine:  Mastering Primary Sources in the Classroom
Presented By:  Terry Gordon, 4th Grade Teacher, Bluelake Elementary School
Fortuna Middle School, Room 401:  March 22nd, 2018–4:30pm-7:30pm
Humboldt State University, Harry Griffith Hall, Room 117:  March 24th, 2018–9:00am-12:00pm  Cancelled

With the 2018 roll out of the new History-Social Science Framework, comes time spent thinking about how we are going to teach these concepts differently.  We need to be infusing our history lessons with reading, writing, and higher order thinking.  Well, using primary sources to teach HSS is a perfect solution!  Your students will:  make personal connections, gain deeper understanding, and use critical thinking skills while learning about the world around them.  Let’s engage ourselves and our students by dividing into our topics with the use of primary sources.

Tier 2 Vocabulary:  New Strategies for New Words

Presented By:  Gwen Neu, Educational Coordinator/Teacher, Maple Creek Elementary School District
Fortuna Middle School, Room 401:  April 12th, 2018–4:30pm-7:30pm
Humboldt State University, Harry Griffith Hall, Room 117:   April 14th, 2018–9:00am-12:00pm  Cancelled

Do you feel your students need more vocabulary development but dislike the old worksheet routine?  Come engage in a variety of activities designed to model a research-based lesson sequence for explicit instruction of Tier 2 academic vocabulary.  While you participate in these activities, you will learn the difference between Tier 1, 2 and 3 vocabulary words.  Participants will look at this topic through the lens of a math teacher, but the instructional sequence and specific activities can be used with any curricular area.

Listen Up!  Podcasts for Literacy, Autonomy, & Engagement

Presented By:  Hart Ford, Math & Science Teacher, Redwood Coast Montessori 
Fortuna Middle School, Room 401:  May 17th, 2018–4:30pm-7:30pm
Humboldt State University, Harry Griffith Hall, Room 117:  May 19th, 2018–9:00am-12:00pm  Cancelled

Podcasts are an increasingly popular platform for engaging with stories, catching up on current news, and oh-ahing at scientific breakthroughs.  In the classroom, podcasts can serve as captivating “texts” that reinforce Common Core Standards and inspire high-quality, student-centered writing.  Participants will leave this workshop with rigorous strategies for bringing podcasts into their classrooms.

General Information

Location:  Thursday sessions will be held at Fortuna Middle School.
Time:  Thursdays, 4:30pm-7:30pm
Fees:  $40 per session, $200 for all 6 sessions (Does not include unit)
Units:  1.0 unit offered with the attendance of all six sessions


HSU Extended Education Units Offered

  • Cost:  $80 for 1.0 unit
  • Online registration and credit card payment information will be provided on the first day for those seeking credit for professional development.
  • For 1.0 units of credit towards professional development, FIVE sessions must be attended.
  • Go to HSU’s College of Extended Learning to register