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Reading/Language Arts Professional Development

 

Reading and Writing Conference
November 9

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. Register by October 10, 2016 and save!  DETAILS

 


 

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ELEMENTARY

 

 

Effective Reading Programs

October 19, 2016

Explore the developmental continuums that make up the key elements of an effective reading program - phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension.  Practical hands-on lesson examples for each will be presented as well as effective methods for incorporating these elements within a balanced literacy model.  DETAILS

 

 
October 19, 2016
In this energizing session, Jim will discuss how to use music play to inspire young children to not only move, but to regulate their movements...not only to sing, but to make connections between the words they sing and the printed word. Participants will leave with a new repertoire of songs and games and an understanding of the power of play to inspire, in children, agility in thought and a love of learning.  DETAILS
 
 

October 19, 2016 (5-Day Series)
Attend this series of trainings to learn how to create a high quality preschool classroom that supports the success of ALL students, including those with disabilities. Topics include planning for intentional teaching by creating an effective learning environment, developing a consistent daily schedule, promoting active engagement during all parts of the daily routine, using work stations and small group instruction to teach, and providing positive and supportive adult/child interactions.  DETAILS

 

 

Phonological Awareness (Pre-K-1)

October 27, 2016
What is phonological awareness, and why is it important? In this session we will review the phonological awareness continuum and what the Pre-K guidelines, Kindergarten and First Grade TEKS set as a standard for our students. Teachers will receive resources for teaching phonological awareness in their classrooms and have time to plan for using these resources! Please bring a laptop or an I-Pad if you have one available.  DETAILS

 

 

Center Fun for Everyone

November 1, 2016

Join us for two days of center fun as we explore literacy and math through a variety of planned, playful, and purposeful center activities. Participants will leave with materials, resources, and practical strategies to implement effective preschool centers.  DETAILS

 

 

Reader's Workshop

November 10, 2016

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. Reader's workshop is the most effective way to structure the balanced literacy program. This approach effectively implements the gradual release of responsibility to scaffold the teaching of reading skills and encourage students to enjoy reading. This training will cover the format of reader's workshop, how to develop clear daily learning objectives, and design effective mini-lessons using interactive read aloud, shared reading, or close reading.  DETAILS

 

 

Designing Effective Read Alouds to Strengthen Children's Literacy Skills (Pre-K -1)

November 15, 2016
Come and learn how to plan for effective read alouds to strengthen children's oral language and comprehension skills . Participants will learn how to intentionally plan for effective read alouds by being selective on book choice, planning for engagement, inviting students to interact with the text, considering accommodations for ELLs, and planning to extend the read aloud. Participants will also receive ideas on how to teach literacy skills through multiple reads of a book.  DETAILS

 

 

Handwriting Without Tears for the Preschool Student

February 28, 2017
Explore how Handwriting Without Tears can support readiness, writing, literacy and math in the preschool classroom. Participants will learn how to plan instruction, teach hands-on letter play and explore concepts of prewriting through this multi-sensory, discovery play approach.  DETAILS

 

 

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. 

 

 



 

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! 

 

The Reading Cafe: Struggling and Reluctant Readers are Welcomed!

September 29, 2016

Learn how the integration of proven and innovative techniques can open a new world of reading for your reluctant and struggling readers. Use an interactive reading approach to help struggling and seemingly unmotivated readers to become active participants in the classroom. Participants will examine the needs of struggling readers who are currently not on grade level. Learn techniques for building motivation, increasing stamina, and exploring research-based methods to help students gain access to the TEKS and STAAR. Instructional strategies in reading comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, and word identification will be shared. Participants also will examine methods for integrating low technology supports and adapting instruction within the secondary classroom (grades 6-12). Join us for this two day powerful session. DETAILS

 

 

Now That's a Novel Idea! Using the Classic Novel as a Learning and Critical Thinking Tool

October 7, 2016

Learn how to harness the depth and complexity a classic novel offers readers in order to explore the characters, themes, and language structures found in these challenging texts. Learn frameworks, strategies, and scaffolds students need to conduct a close, rigorous, and meaningful reading while simultaneously addressing the ELA TEKS. Participants will receive a copy of the novel explored in the session.  DETAILS

 

 

Short Answer Response Success for Secondary Students

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!

 

 

Language Arts 101: Ideas and Guidance for Constructing a Dynamic Classroom in Grades 6-12

October 10, 2016

This session provides guidance for secondary language arts teachers in the first few years of their teaching career. Teachers will be provided with research-based ideas in the following areas: building routines, providing respectful work to students, methodology for giving productive feedback, and many other suggestions that will make the everyday flow of the secondary language arts classroom student-centered and engaging.  DETAILS

 

 

Strategies for Teaching Beginning English Language Learners Across the Curriculum

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.

 

 

Effective Reading Programs

October 19, 2016

Explore the developmental continuums that make up the key elements of an effective reading program - phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension.  Practical hands-on lesson examples for each will be presented as well as effective methods for incorporating these elements within a balanced literacy model.  DETAILS

 

 

Implementing the Independent Investigation Method for 21st Century Learners

Take the fear and frustration out of research projects by implementing the Independent Investigation Method (IIM) for 21st Century Learners. Power into research with the Independent Investigation Method, an innovative 7-step protocol for instruction and applying the discreet skills embedded in the research process. Sign on to a research-based methodology which will cross-curricular align with the TEKS, TPSP, and CCRS. Participants will leave with IIM Teacher Manual, CD, Grades K-12, equipped with strategies to cultivate authentic inquiry-driven engagement for Basic and Proficient Learners.

 

TEKS Aligned Lessons to Engage and Energize English II 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 II 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 II EOC. The ideas and strategies presented are implementable the very next day! 

 

 

Literacy Strategies for Social Studies

November 8, 2016

Explore strategies to assist students in reading and writing in social studies. Experience lessons and activities that incorporate expository text and lead to deeper understanding of the content. Prepare to enhance instruction with research-based, student-centered strategies for content literacy in social studies.  DETAILS

 

 

Reader's Workshop

November 10, 2016

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. Reader's workshop is the most effective way to structure the balanced literacy program. This approach effectively implements the gradual release of responsibility to scaffold the teaching of reading skills and encourage students to enjoy reading. This training will cover the format of reader's workshop, how to develop clear daily learning objectives, and design effective mini-lessons using interactive read aloud, shared reading, or close reading.  DETAILS

 

 

Everyday Strategies to Improve Reading Comprehension for Secondary Students

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!

 

 

Demystifying Rigor for Reading/Language Arts Teachers (Grades 6-12): Essential Classroom Strategies to Teach and Assess

Learn focused, practical methods to challenge students in a methodical, scaffolded manner. Help students process and elaborate content as well as record and represent knowledge. This session is the second of a series of four trainings. This series explores practical, evidence-based approaches to infuse rigor into classroom practices using the TEKS Resource System.

 

 

Catching Boy Readers before They Fall, Grades 6-12

December 8, 2016

Is engaging boys a challenge for you in the classroom? Discover a powerful, practical and comprehensive framework to improve literacy instruction for adolescent males. Participants will engage in learner-centered strategies and methods that support the developmental and learning needs of adolescent males. This session provides an opportunity to learn how to engage boys in authentic discussion and improve text comprehension through reading.  DETAILS

 

 

Don't Forget the Fluency!

January 31, 2017

Walk away with a multitude of techniques that teachers can use to break down roadblocks to fluent reading. Ideas incorporate direct, explicit instruction and provide opportunities to engage students in repeated readings.  DETAILS

 

 

Putting the Puzzle Together: Reading, Writing, and Rigor -- Making It Fit Together

February 9, 2017

Learn how to fit all of the pieces together to build stronger, successful students. Discover how cognitive complexity (a.k.a. rigor) and shifting reading patterns impact learners and what can be done to counteract the effects. Each informational type of writing provides definitions, text structures and features, interactive strategies that promote critical thinking, and models. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is an option because no-tech and mid-tech approaches are discussed.  DETAILS

 

 

Differentiation at Work in the Secondary Classroom

February 16, 2017

Explore ways for implementing reading instruction that are challenging for all students. Examine innovative instructional strategies to support all types of readers (struggling, typical, and advanced). Participants will receive guidance with hands-on strategies to implement in the classroom. Session and material costs are partially funded through state or federal grants. DETAILS

 

 

Improving Achievement in Secondary ELAR Classrooms: A Guide for Teachers to Improve Equity Skills and Close Opportunity Gaps

February 24, 2017

This session will focus on identifying, addressing, and changing practices that contribute to equity and opportunity gaps in the secondary ELAR classroom. Teachers will be given specific strategies to develop and design classroom activities and practices that will lead to self-efficacy and an understanding of how to better meet the needs of all learners. This session will also provide ideas and suggestions for the implementation of strategic and intentional routines that focus on programmatic equity in the areas of reading and writing for the purpose of improved achievement for all student groups.  DETAILS

 

 

Exploring RLA Through the Social Studies Lens

February 28, 2017

Learn effective interdisciplinary activities that are aligned to both the RLA and Social Studies TEKS. Come join us as we model TEKS-aligned, elementary lessons that are meaningful, integrative, challenging, and active, using social studies concepts, while promoting literacy and paving the way for life-long learning and active citizenship. DETAILS

 

 

Writing Now

March 10, 2017

Integrating reading and writing into everyday classrooms to advance students' thinking skills, processes, and knowledge necessary to understand and express themselves. Learn new ideas to challenge students to read critically and actively; analyze structure; write thoughtfully; and edit and revise their own writing. Gain effective strategies to advance writing skills of teachers and students. We will use a process writing approach infused with writing strategies, study of models, sentence combining, transitions, and organization.  DETAILS

 

 

Improving Achievement in Secondary ELAR Classrooms: A Guide for Teachers to Improve Equity Skills and Close Opportunity Gaps

March 21, 2017

This session will focus on identifying, addressing, and changing practices that contribute to equity and opportunity gaps in the secondary ELAR classroom. Teachers will be given specific strategies to develop and design classroom activities and practices that will lead to self-efficacy and an understanding of how to better meet the needs of all learners. This session will also provide ideas and suggestions for the implementation of strategic and intentional routines that focus on programmatic equity in the areas of reading and writing for the purpose of improved achievement for all student groups.  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!

 


 

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