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Reading/Language Arts Professional Development

 

 

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ELEMENTARY

 

 

Critical Success through Academic Conversations

January 13, 2017
Learn how to provide a robust educational experience for all learners. Empower students to have access to academic content by raising the level of academic conversations. Learn to expand the student's vocabulary, build skills that transfer into literacy and content areas, develop cognition, and transfer the student's oral language skills to writing.  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

January 17, 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

 

 

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

 

 

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.  

 

 

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. 

 

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

 

 



 

SECONDARY

 

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

 

 

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! 

 

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! 

 

Critical Success through Academic Conversations

January 13, 2017
Learn how to provide a robust educational experience for all learners. Empower students to have access to academic content by raising the level of academic conversations. Learn to expand the student's vocabulary, build skills that transfer into literacy and content areas, develop cognition, and transfer the student's oral language skills to writing.  DETAILS

 

 

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.

 

 

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!

 

 

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

January 17, 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

 

 

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!

 

 

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

 

 

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!

 

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.

 


 

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