Join Dr. Degen in his classroom experiencing the research-based reading and writing plays internalized by top performing students of Language Arts What do neuroscientists, psychologists, and athletic coaches have to tell English teachers about their instruction? That reading and writing are not magically or genetically bestowed gifts, but activities that involve a process, abilities that can be acquired through training. And that our students best acquire these abilities when we design lessons that take into account how their brains naturally learn.

Learn about the brain research that supports these strategies.

Over the course of three days, teachers will practice all the key instructional strategies that make up Jesuit's vertical alignment, a playbook that has produced a 95-100% AP pass rate and has verified that 99% of Jesuit juniors are college ready, per SAT scores. 

Discover, too, how the department has ceased marking up student essays with tedious notes!

Day 1 The Reading Plays -- using visual and written texts, we'll experience lessons that help students develop an interpretative point of view that moves beyond plot
Day 2 The Grammar Plays --transforming syntactical style through imitation and competitive games, we'll experience how grammar instruction ignites the brain's instinct for challenge and authentic purpose
Day 3The Writing Plays -- using the reading plays to guide the creation of the essay, we'll draft the thesis and topic sentences of the essay and focus on developing a single paragraph, implementing the strategies of coherence and unity

Michael Degen, Ph.D. (CV) has been teaching AP Literature, AP Lang, Pre-AP English, and English III for over twenty-five years. He has presented workshops for numerous school districts throughout Texas and across the Southwest, for the College Board, and for national conventions.

$500.00 per teacher

Please complete the registration form below regardless of how you plan to pay for the workshop.


July 9, 10, 11 2024
Jesuit College Preparatory School
12345 Inwood Rd Dallas, TX 75244

To register by mail, please complete the registration form and send check payable to Telemachos Publishing to

PO Box 460387 Garland, TX 75046-0387

Registration Form: Three Days with Dr. Degen

Will you attend in-person or virtually?