Super Saturdays

 Super Saturdays


Our Super Saturday series is our quick, fun and interactive series that is facilitated by our dynamic local Teacher Consultants and are based on recently published texts and innovative literacy strategies.  Each session is designed as a stand alone session so that you can mix and match one or more sessions or register for all 6 for a great discount price and 1.0 unit of professional development credit.  Sessions are applicable across all grade levels and content areas.  We encourage you to organize a team of colleagues and friends and attend together to develop activities your students will love!








 February 9:  Educating for Global Competence and Literacy

Facilitated by Tara Kajtaniak, high school English teacher

Globally competent students investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate across cultures, and are prepared to take action on issues of global significance. In this session, we will explore how to develop globally literate students of any age group or in any discipline utilizing Asia Society’s Global Competence Matrix. Our digital text is Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World by Veronica Boix Mansilla and Anthony Jackson.


March 2:  Exploring Sketchnotes to Increase Engagement, Comprehension, and Thinking

Facilitated by Hart Ford, middle and high school Math & Science teacher

In the words of Tanny McGregor, author of Ink and Ideas:  Sketchnotes for Engagement, Comprehension, and Thinking, sketchnoting is “creative, individualized note taking that uses a mix of linguistic and nonlinguistic representation, aka words and pictures together.”  Sketchnoting allows learners to both focus and relax, encourages intentional, designed thinking, and increases memory and focus. In this session, we will explore the engaging and fun strategy of sketchnoting in all grade levels and content areas.


March 23: Taking Comfort in Discomfort: Practical Strategies for Embracing Difficult Conversations

Facilitated by Danielle Witten, high school English and Journalism teacher and Gwen Neu, TK-8th grade teacher in a rural two-room school.

As teachers, it is daunting to tackle difficult issues like race, class, gender and privilege with students. This session focuses on ways to take comfort in the discomfort. We will review practical ways to facilitate difficult conversations. We will also collaborate on lessons that engage students in reading news media and literature in ways that promote flexibility of thought and a range of perspectives. Finally, we will explore ways we can lead by example, modeling curiosity, vulnerability and courage.  The presentation will include strategies and research adapted from the recent publication Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension by Sara K. Ahmed.


April 6: Rethinking Grammar Lessons: A Fresh Approach to Teaching Grammar that Says Goodbye to Worksheets!

Facilitated by Kayla Rogers, middle school teacher and Jen Code, 4th grade teacher.

Effective grammar instruction is a source of constant discussion and debate in language arts circles.  In this workshop, we will help open the dialogue to help teachers gain confidence in their own understandings.  Together we will discuss and practice ways to reimagine grammar instruction as an opportunity to discuss, analyze, and produce sentences that communicate effectively for real audiences and purposes.  The presentation will include strategies and research adapted from the recently published Grammar to Get Things Done: A Practical Guide for Teachers Anchored in Real-World Usage by Darren Crovitz and Michelle D. Devereaux.


May 11:  Breaking the Mold:  Moving Beyond Traditional Assessment Approach

Facilitated by Kristina Darby, 2nd grade teacher and Cindy Henderson, 3rd grade teacher.  Note:  This session is applicable for teachers at all levels K through 12. 

This workshop will focus on school practices which can help bring about collaborative discussion of assessment between colleagues, families, communities, and students.  In this interactive session, we will focus on strategies and resources that teachers can bring immediately into their classrooms and schools.  We will explore examples from the recently published resource Going Public with Assessment:  A Community Practice Approach by Kathryn Mitchell Pierce and Rosario Ordonez-Jasis as well as instructor classroom experiences.


June 1:  Restorative Justice in Today’s Language Arts Classrooms

Facilitated by Danielle Witten, high school English and Journalism teacher and Kristina Darby, 2nd grade teacher

Using restorative justice as a means to address issues in schools and society through literary techniques, including writing, reading, speaking, and action, this interactive workshop will provide concrete and specific examples to use in classrooms K through 12.  The presentation will include strategies and research adapted from the recently published Restorative Justice in the English Language Arts Classroom by Maisha T. Winn, Hannah Graham, and Rita Renjitham Alfred.



General Information

Location:  Humboldt State University, Harry Griffith Hall
Time:  9:00am-12:00pm
Fees:  $50 per session.  Register for all 6 for a discounted price of $250
Units:  1.0 unit offered through HSU's Extended Education



HSU Extended Education Units Offered

  • Cost:  $50 for 1.0 units
  • 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, you must attend at least 5 sessions.
  • Go to HSU’s College of Extended Learning to register.