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The Words That Shape Us: Bite-Sized Phrases That Transform How Kids Think, Feel, and Achieve (An Offering of the Literacy Alliance)

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Linguist Noam Chomsky said it best: “Language etches the grooves through which your thoughts must follow.” What we say and what we hear create neural pathways that trigger brand-new patterns of thinking, and until a learner is exposed to a word or a particular combination of words, epiphanies lie dormant. For instance, a teacher’s unusual pairing of the words “brilliant” and “mistake” in the phrase “what a brilliant mistake!” can rewire how a child responds to errors, replacing feelings of shame with self-compassion and curiosity.

Teachers who share bite-sized, literally brain-altering language with students (who repeat this language to themselves as positive self-talk) can transform how students think, feel, and achieve in the classroom and beyond.


Audience: Grade K-12 Teachers, Co-Teachers, Specialists, Coaches, and Administrators
Instructor:  Lily Howard Scott (see Bio), Literacy Alliance K-12 Literacy Specialist/Lead Consultant
Delivery Format: Virtual 
Date/Time: April 25, 2024; 9 AM - 12 PM (EDT)


What is the mission of the Literacy Alliance?

Since its inception in 2014, the Literacy Alliance has served as a transformational force to foster optimal learning environments through exemplary ELA literacy curriculum, instruction and leadership that promotes equity, cultural responsiveness and social-emotional wellness in classrooms across the globe. The mission of the Literacy Alliance is simple - to provide timely, research-based and exemplary professional development, so as to ensure that EVERY classroom teacher is confident, comfortable and capable of providing effective literacy instruction for EVERY student they serve.

Dr. Gravity Goldberg is a leading literacy expert, an educational consultant, author, founder of Gravity Goldberg, LLC, and Co-Founder of the Literacy Alliance, along with her Co-Founder, Dr. Brian P. Chinni, CEO/Founder of The Madison Institute (d.b.a., TMI education) and President of ChangeMaker, LLC.

Dr. Goldberg’s most recent books, What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction & Nonfiction (Corwin) and Mindsets & Moves: Strategies That Help Readers Take Charge (Corwin) have been met with great enthusiasm. They have allowed many teachers to make shifts in their practice creating positive impacts for their students. Gravity is co-author of the book, Conferring With Readers: Supporting Each Student’s Growth and Independence (Heinemann). These books show Gravity’s commitment to creating learning environments that are responsive and supportive of students, teachers and leaders alike.

For more information about the 2022-2023 Literacy Alliance membership and related offerings, visit the Literacy Alliance website.

This workshop is offered in partnership with the Literacy Alliance, and included in the 2022-2023 TMI PLC membership.


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