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Reading/Language Arts Professional Development

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CONFERENCES

 

TexQuest Mini-Conference

August 17, 2017

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) offers state supported digital resources for K-12 public and open enrollment charter schools. Learn about the new additions to the TexQuest program and resources to promote and integrate TexQuest resources into the curriculum. Find instructional material to support curriculum including articles from reference books, magazines, and newspapers, as well as images, videos, and full text, simultaneous access eBooks. Support differentiation and accommodations with features including text to speech, translations, TEKS alignment, and Google® functionality. Explore authoritative, credible resources for student-centered investigation, exploration, and research. Details available on the conference registration page.

 

 

Region 4 ESC Annual Reading and Writing Conference

November 15, 2017

The Annual Reading and Writing Conference will offer sessions on various topics including the reading and writing connection, genre integration, critical thinking skills, technology incorporation, differentiation, reaching struggling learners, and many other areas. Presentations will be given by invited speakers, district staff, and Region 4 specialists.
 

This year's conference features keynote speaker Nancy Frey, PhD. Dr. Frey has co-authored numerous books about teaching, learning, leadership, and literacy, including Intentional and Targeted Teaching: A Framework for Teacher Growth, Teaching Students to Read Like Detectives: Comprehending, Analyzing, and Discussing Text, and Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading. Details available on the conference registration page.

 

 


 

ELEMENTARY

 

Embracing the Characteristics of Various Genres to Deepen Comprehension of Text, Grades 1-5

March 29, 2017

Learn how to develop genre understanding through a process of immersing students in mentor texts and media literacy. Explore ways to support comprehension by analyzing and experiencing the foundational characteristics that help students to understand and define the genre. 

 

Workstations Designed with English Language Learners in Mind: A Focus on Reading

Discover ways to motivate and engage prekindergarten and kindergarten students in reading activities. Learn how to provide high-quality structured and explicit instruction during whole group and small group mini-lessons. Provide a variety of curriculum activities, instructional strategies, and scaffolding practices to differentiate for the needs of diverse learners.  

 

Achievement Gap or Education Gap: Exploring Challenges and Solutions in Language Arts and Social Studies

Does your data indicate an achievement gap between your African American students and other student groups? Are you interested in closing the achievement gap for African American students in your district or classroom? Inject new life into your instruction with culturally responsive practices. Create a classroom culture of success by scaffolding learning, nurturing students' inherent talents and skills, building upon their funds of knowledge, and engaging their critical thinking.  

 

Engaging the Unmotivated Dyslexic or Struggling Reader

Aprli 18, 2017
Explore the social/emotional struggles of students with dyslexia. Teachers will learn total participation strategies and multi-sensory techniques to engage students who have difficulty with the reading process.  DETAILS

 

Moving from Learning Letters to Learning to Read

June 15, 2017

Learn effective methods for teaching letter sound correspondence that lead towards more complex word structure for readers. Remember the more connections students make the faster they learn to read. DETAILS

 

A Day with Artists: Infusing the Arts into the Language Arts and Social Studies Classroom

July 14, 2017

Do your students seem to long for learning experiences that transcend rote learning? Is critical thinking challenging your highly-creative students? If so, this workshop is for you. Learn how to integrate visual and performing arts through approaches that will help students master language arts and social studies skills and content while being immersed in creative art forms.  Participants will learn hands-on strategies from fine-arts experts that tap into the artistic, creative side students bring to the table, thereby motivating and engaging students who may otherwise be disconnected and disengaged in the language arts and social studies content.  DETAILS

 

Reader's Workshop

October 10, 2017

Teach students how to apply skills and strategies independently while they read. Learn how to structure your reading language arts block using a reader's workshop framework. DETAILS

 

Pathways to Reading Comprehension: Knowing How and Where to Intervene

October 24, 2017

Improve your practice for determining how your students struggle with reading, where to begin intervention lessons, and what lessons to provide during Tier One intervention. Participants will receive information on quick assessment tools and practices for determining students' skills in phonemic awareness, word analysis, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension skills. DETAILS

 


 

SECONDARY

 

TEKS Aligned Lessons to Engage and Energize English I End-of-Course Re-testers

The lessons presented in this session will provide teachers with highly engaging approaches that will energize students who are retesting for the English I End-of-Course assessment. The focus for this session will be on TEKS aligned lessons that will provide teachers with fresh ideas to inspire and motivate students who are striving for success on English I EOC. The ideas and strategies presented are implementable the very next day! 

 

Achievement Gap or Education Gap: Exploring Challenges and Solutions in Language Arts and Social Studies

April 13, 2017

Does your data indicate an achievement gap between your African American students and other student groups? Are you interested in closing the achievement gap for African American students in your district or classroom? Inject new life into your instruction with culturally responsive practices. Create a classroom culture of success by scaffolding learning, nurturing students' inherent talents and skills, building upon their funds of knowledge, and engaging their critical thinking.  DETAILS

 

 

Reading and Writing Activities to Encourage, Energize, and Entice Reluctant Secondary Students

This session will provide ELAR teachers with classroom activities to encourage, energize, and entice reluctant readers and writers at the secondary level. The activities are designed to jump start students of all ability levels into action so that they are willing to participate and engage. If you have tried everything in your toolbox and are needing some fresh ideas, you will be able to use the activities in this session the very next day!

 

Texas Adolescent Literacy Academy for Grades 6-8 Content Area

May 17-18, 2017

Explore the components of effective sixth through eighth grade reading instruction for all students, including those who are struggling with reading due to limited English proficiency, learning disabilities, and other risk factors for reading difficulties. Certified, full-time teachers/literacy coaches are eligible to attend this training and must work with sixth through eighth grade students in mathematics, science, and/or social studies (General Education, Special Education, or English as a Second Language) at least 50% of their day.  DETAILS

 

Region 4 Secondary Writing Institute (2 Days)

June 1-2, 2017

Teachers will be provided with the instructional tools necessary to successfully teach writing using high yield strategies that create engaging, student-centered classrooms. The techniques and suggestions presented in this training will support writers at all proficiency levels through active participation and opportunities for success in a collaborative classroom environment. Teachers will learn how to co-construct writing with students and maximize the benefits of mentor texts. Techniques to improve writing success will be presented, as well as ways to scaffold and differentiate writing activities. This two-day professional development session will prepare teachers to provide explicit, TEKS-aligned instruction that will inspire and ignite students' writing.  DETAILS

 

Short Answer Response Success for Secondary Students

June 6, 2017

This professional development session will focus on knowledge of text complexity that will result in improved success on short answer response questions. Teachers will be presented with instructional practices and resources that go beyond surface comprehension; instructional resources and practices provided will support students as they make discerning connections across text and support the validity of ideas with appropriate text evidence. Text of various genres, as well as both single and connecting selections, will be presented in activities that can be used the very next day! DETAILS

 

Strategies for Teaching Beginning English Language Learners Across the Curriculum

June 6, 2017

Provide responsive instruction through a realistic framework for beginning English learners. Practical resources will be provided for teachers and administrators to help English Language Learners soar using tools and vignettes illustrating real-world challenges. Learn about techniques that support beginners across the curriculum.  DETAILS

 

June 15, 2017

This professional development session will provide either novice or experienced teachers with fresh instructional suggestions and ideas that can be easily embedded in everyday instruction to enhance reading comprehension with the existing curriculum. The engaging activities provided in this session will help students focus on reading comprehension with more strategy and intentionality. The high yield activities can be immediately implemented! DETAILS

 

A Day with Artists: Infusing the Arts into the Language Arts and Social Studies Classroom

July 14, 2017

Do your students seem to long for learning experiences that transcend rote learning? Is critical thinking challenging your highly-creative students? If so, this workshop is for you. Learn how to integrate visual and performing arts through approaches that will help students master language arts and social studies skills and content while being immersed in creative art forms.  Participants will learn hands-on strategies from fine-arts experts that tap into the artistic, creative side students bring to the table, thereby motivating and engaging students who may otherwise be disconnected and disengaged in the language arts and social studies content.  DETAILS

 

Reader's Workshop

October 10, 2017

Teach students how to apply skills and strategies independently while they read. Learn how to structure your reading language arts block using a reader's workshop framework. DETAILS

 

Pathways to Reading Comprehension: Knowing How and Where to Intervene

October 24, 2017

Improve your practice for determining how your students struggle with reading, where to begin intervention lessons, and what lessons to provide during Tier One intervention. Participants will receive information on quick assessment tools and practices for determining students' skills in phonemic awareness, word analysis, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension skills. DETAILS

 


 

Contact us for details about any of these sessions. Coaching and customized professional development are also available by calling 713.744.4457 or by e-mailing reading@esc4.net. 

7145 West Tidwell Road | Houston, Texas 77092-2096 | 713.462.7708