Workshop 1. Creating a Literate Community
A print-rich environment is essential to building emerging literacy skills. Just as important are literacy routines and classroom management. In this session, teachers will look at the big picture of building a learning community where reading and writing are the cornerstones of all learning and communication.
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Workshop 2. Supporting the English Language Learner
This session explores how teachers can distinguish among and build upon the range of literacy skills English language learners bring to the classroom. Guest moderator Dr. Mileidis Gort explains how teachers can often address the needs of English language learners using the same instructional strategies and literacy routines used with general education students. Go to this unit.
Workshop 3. Word Study and Fluency
This session examines the foundations of early literacy through a review of research-based principles for explicit and effective teaching of word study and fluency. Teachers will critique a word study lesson plan and compare approaches to teaching phonics. Go to this unit.
Workshop 4. Comprehension and Response
A solid foundation in reading comprehension is the key to success in all subjects throughout school as well as to the development of a lifelong love of reading. Teachers will review key comprehension skills and match them with explicit teaching strategies, learning how to help students build their own set of strategies to use on increasingly more difficult texts. Go to this unit.
Workshop 5. Teaching Writing as a Process
Teaching writing is an important component in a comprehensive literacy program. In this session, teachers will discuss the stages of the writing process — planning, drafting, revising, and editing — and brainstorm ways to inspire their students' narrative writing. Go to this unit.
Workshop 6. Differentiating Instruction
In this session, the effects of common classroom grouping practices on children's achievement in reading are discussed and scrutinized. Teachers will examine grouping practices in classroom video clips and discuss applications in their own practice. Go to this unit.
Workshop 7. Using Assessment To Guide Instruction
This session explores the types of assessment that lead to sound instructional decisions, showing the importance of taking multiple measures of student progress and embedding those assessments within daily instructional routines. Teachers will practice these ideas by creating an instructional plan based on the evaluation of a student's literacy portfolio. Go to this unit.
Workshop 8. Connecting School and Home
In this session, teachers will examine their beliefs on how parents contribute to students' literacy and their own roles in engaging parents as partners in student motivation and learning. They will discuss their own interactions with parents and explore ways they might build on existing practices. Go to this unit.