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2017-2018 Moonshot Institute Workshops: 

Adventures in Literacy

How can we create a compassionate community that supports risk-taking, perseverance, and adventure? Come along on a grand adventure in teaching and learning so we can figure it out together! These best practice professional development workshops are your opportunity to deepen instructional practice and create meaningful, integrated, standards-driven learning experiences to ensure student growth and high achievement.

You will leave with each workshop with:

  • Deeper knowledge and skills in enriched literacy (social emotional, foundational and applied) and meaningful metrics to assess student learning

  • A dynamic unit plan to use or adapt 

  • Engaging, rigorous strategies to tackle critical power standards


Workshops are from 8:00am-2:00pm (unless otherwise noted). FREE for SDIRC Educators, thanks to the generosity of local funders. Focus on K-3, open to all. Breakfast and lunch are included. 



Participants will have the opportunity to pursue The Learning Alliance Social Emotional Literacy Micro-Credentials through these workshops. 

Thank you to our Moonshot Community Partners whose support
makes these opportunities possible!


Register HERE
Home-MSI Weekend

Literacy on the Move: Follow the Moon to Applied Literacy
Saturday, April 28, 2018
@ First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Blvd, Vero Beach, FL

How can we care for the living things in our community? We are all connected! Learn about the interdependence of animals, including humans, in our local ecosystem through a project-based, interdisciplinary experience. Participants will learn strategies to deepen empathy, grow foundational literacy skills, and apply those skills through writing. Join us to learn powerful standards-based, enriched literacy strategies embedded in a comprehensive unit plan that will compel students to take action and improve our world.

The Roots of Literacy: Growing Foundational Literacy Skills

Saturday, Jan 20, 2018

@ First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Blvd, Vero Beach, FL

What can we do to help solve the problems of pollution in our community? This workshop will showcase and unpack a project-based, interdisciplinary unit rich with hands-on learning opportunities that develop both foundational literacy skills and a sense of agency and empowerment to tackle the complex problem of pollution in the Indian River Lagoon. Participants will leave with a dynamic standards based unit plan they can adapt and engaging enriched literacy strategies that can be implemented in the classroom immediately.

Literacy Off the Page: Focus on Foundational Literacy

Saturday, October 21, 2017

@ Storm Grove Middle School, 6400 57th St, Vero Beach


Join our next adventure in enriched literacy as we explore how to deepen learning and ​build foundational literacy skills in such a way that students authentically become owners of their learning. Through a dynamic experience that integrates social emotional and foundational needs using text from the Wonders curriculum, you will leave with effective, engaged, and efficient strategies to grow compassionate, creative, life long learners. 

LITERACY IN ACTION: Social Emotional Literacy Through Project Based Learning

Saturday, September 30, 2017 

@ Vero Beach Elementary, 1770 12th St, Vero Beach


How can our actions positively impact the world around us? The morning workshop will lead educators through a project-based, standards-aligned unit rooted in both literature and informational text about how students can take action to reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle and ultimately improve their community. Afternoon sessions will go deeper into the activities and strategies embedded in the unit. Participants will leave with a dynamic unit plan they can adapt and engaging strategies that can be implemented in the classroom immediately. Free to attend, open to all. Focused on K-5.

An Awfully BIG Adventure in Social Emotional Literacy

Saturday, August 5, 2017 

@ The Heritage Center, 2140 14th Ave, Vero Beach


Are you ready for An Awfully Big Adventure in teaching and learning? This one day workshop in Social Emotional Literacy is designed to give educators the tools to support the social and emotional (SEL) needs of the classroom, while designing engaging, rigorous curriculum. Anchored in William Joyce’s delightful text, Ollie’s Odyssey, participants will learn practical and powerful strategies to build a safe, nurturing classroom environment. This live workshop will also serve as the launch of The Learning Alliance SEL Micro-Credential and provide the opportunity for educators to earn credit for furthering their own professional learning.  

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