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Reading/Language Arts Professional Development

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CONFERENCES

 

Region 4 Family and Community Engagement Institute

August 11, 2017
Learn strategies for partnering educators with parents and community leaders to positively impact student engagement and achievement.  Participants will expand their knowledge with evidence-based strategies and research-based information designed to empower family and community members. Presentations will be framed around relevant topics that directly impact the academic success of Prekindergarten, English Language Learners, Special Education, and educationally disadvantaged students.  DETAILS

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Write for Texas Summer Institute

June 16, 2017

Experience a day of learning about writing for secondary students and begin planning for the coming year! This session will focus on teaching students the thinking skills, processes, and knowledge needed to write effectively, one of the effective practices in writing instruction as listed in the Write for Texas Guiding Principles. Session materials and costs are funded through the Write for Texas grant.  DETAILS

 

 

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

June 16, 2017

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.  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

 

 

Connecting the State Writing Rubrics to Effective Instruction

August 3, 2017

This professional development session will explore the dimensions and descriptors of the STAAR writing rubrics. Participants will explore essential writing concepts embedded in the rubrics' criteria. Participants will examine rubrics across grade levels and within a grade level to better understand the alignment of writing expectations. Additionally, participants will be given suggested activities that correspond to the explicit teaching of rubric concepts, as well as ideas for differentiating the writing rubrics, such as chunking and student-friendly checklists based on the rubrics.  DETAILS

 

 

Putting a Fine Point on It: Integrating the Fine Arts to Foster Engagement and Develop the Critical Thinking Skills Necessary for Reading ST.A.A.R. and English EOC Success

Spetember 28, 2017

Research shows that integrating the arts improves overall academic achievement and produces cognitively flexible, multi-literate students. Participants will learn how to integrate the arts into Language Arts instruction in order to engage imaginations, foster creativity, and bolster comprehension skills.  DETAILS

 

 

October 5 and November 3, 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

 

 

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

 

 

Writer's Workshop

November 7, 2017

Writer's Workshop organizes writing instruction around the way real authors write. It is based on the idea that students learn best when they write frequently, for extended periods of time and on topics of their own choosing. Learn how to implement Writer's Workshop, how to choose and teach short, focused lessons that guide young authors as they explore the writing craft, then steps to maintaining Writing Workshop all year.  DETAILS

 


 

SECONDARY

 

 

 

 


 

 

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

 

 

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

June 6, 2017

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!  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

 

 

Writing Portfolio Toolbox for Secondary Teachers: Understanding the Purpose, Process, and Products

June 8, 2017

This professional development session will focus on understanding the purpose, process, and products for growth and evaluation portfolios. Teachers will be given sample assignments for portfolio selection, as well as potential criteria for portfolio inclusion. Suggestions for student feedback and guidance on students' selections and reflections will also be included. This professional development is an all-inclusive training for teachers who want to better understand how to effectively utilize and implement writing portfolios with their students.  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

 

 

Write for Texas Summer Institute

June 16, 2017

Experience a day of learning about writing for secondary students and begin planning for the coming year! This session will focus on teaching students the thinking skills, processes, and knowledge needed to write effectively, one of the effective practices in writing instruction as listed in the Write for Texas Guiding Principles. Session materials and costs are funded through the Write for Texas grant.  DETAILS

 

 

In-Class Flipped Instruction for Secondary Students

July 12, 2017

Explore alternatives for small group instruction using an in-class flipped classroom model. Participants will learn how to create mini-lessons that engage students in the content, allow for differentiated approaches, capitalize on peer collaboration, and provide teacher time for individualized instruction. Alternatives for classrooms with limited technology will be shared. DETAILS

 

 

Write for Texas: Teaching for Transfer for Secondary Students

July 13, 2017

For students to be successful learners, they need to have all facets of knowledge (factual, procedural, conceptual, metacognitive) working in tandem so they can apply this knowledge to new literacy demands and tasks. In this workshop, participants will learn how to plan for and deliver reading and writing instruction in meaningful ways that build the capacities of students to interact with complex texts and academic challenges.  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

 

 

Revision that Sticks for Secondary Students

August 1, 2017

This session will focus on revision strategies that are both memorable and doable. The highly engaging activities in this session will use methodology that adheres to the capacity for students to retain what they have learned so that they can "own" the revision strategies and make them an integral part of their writing process. The deep understanding of revision will increase students' capacity for success on multiple choice revision assessments as well. The student-friendly lessons and activities can be implemented the very next day!  DETAILS

 

 

Connecting the State Writing Rubrics to Effective Instruction

August 3, 2017

This professional development session will explore the dimensions and descriptors of the STAAR writing rubrics. Participants will explore essential writing concepts embedded in the rubrics' criteria. Participants will examine rubrics across grade levels and within a grade level to better understand the alignment of writing expectations. Additionally, participants will be given suggested activities that correspond to the explicit teaching of rubric concepts, as well as ideas for differentiating the writing rubrics, such as chunking and student-friendly checklists based on the rubrics.  DETAILS

 

 

Deeper Learning Through Reading

September 22, 2017

Students struggle with writing as well as a variety of other challenging academic tasks because they often lack the critical and analytical skills necessary for complex reasoning. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to use a structured approach to complete critical reading assignments with a variety of genres and texts.  DETAILS

 

 

Putting a Fine Point on It: Integrating the Fine Arts to Foster Engagement and Develop the Critical Thinking Skills Necessary for Reading ST.A.A.R. and English EOC Success

Spetember 28, 2017

Research shows that integrating the arts improves overall academic achievement and produces cognitively flexible, multi-literate students. Participants will learn how to integrate the arts into Language Arts instruction in order to engage imaginations, foster creativity, and bolster comprehension skills.  DETAILS

 

 

Beyond the Writing Prompt:Getting Students Excited About Writing

October 6, 2017

Students struggle to write for a variety of reasons. In the high-stakes testing climate of many schools, students often struggle to write because they feel disconnected from artificial prompts and writing assignments that lack relevancy to their lives or fail to connect to meaningful ideas and concepts. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use a structured process to craft meaningful, rigorous writing assignments, motivate students to write, provide strategies to improve writing craft, and incorporate scaffolds and supports to help students throughout the writing process. 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

 

 

Culturally Responsive Practices in Language Arts

November 3, 2017

Create an engaging and supportive classroom experience for all students using a culturally responsive framework. Elevate your understanding of culture and its impact on academic achievement. Learn hands-on, STAAR-aligned approaches to inspire, motivate, and support diverse learners in the language arts classroom. Walk away with strategies that transform and energize your students.  DETAILS

 

 

Writer's Workshop

November 7, 2017

Writer's Workshop organizes writing instruction around the way real authors write. It is based on the idea that students learn best when they write frequently, for extended periods of time and on topics of their own choosing. Learn how to implement Writer's Workshop, how to choose and teach short, focused lessons that guide young authors as they explore the writing craft, then steps to maintaining Writing Workshop all year.  DETAILS

 

 

Mentor Text and Modeling: The Keys to Teaching Writing

November 9, 2017

When students have mentor texts and see writing modeled by their teachers, they become equipped with the tools and and critical knowledge necessary to improve their writing. Participants in this workshop will learn how to use mentor texts and the writing-aloud process to teach students the strategies that writers employ to make their writing meaningful, thoughtful, focused, and coherent.  DETAILS

 

 

You Make a Persuasive Case: Teaching High School Students the Art of Argumentation to Improve English EOC II Composition

December 1, 2017

Participants will learn specific techniques to improve persuasive writing that are aligned with the English II TEKS as well as the English EOC II composition rubric. Explore elements of argumentation and learn how to apply these in engaging, structured activities. Used consistently, these elements help students write an organized, coherent, and focused persuasive composition.  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