Literacy and Language On-Demand Sessions

Welcome to the Reading Language Arts department's On-Demand/Self-Paced offerings.



NEW!  Microlearning Series
Microlearning sessions are short (less than 30 minutes) self-paced training sessions related to reading and writing instruction. Choose from a variety of topics to acquire a new teaching process or skill to support your learners. Each session includes video support and handouts to make it easier to implement the new skill immediately—all for $15 per session.

Delivering Phonics Instruction
  • Research has shown the power of phonics instruction on student’s reading growth, but many translate the research into ineffective instructional practices. This microlearning session will cover how to include and deliver phonics instruction that is efficient, effective, and timely while being incorporated into the overall literacy block for all students. Learn more and register here.
Phoneme Grapheme Mapping to Support Decoding and Encoding in ALL Grade Levels
  • In this microlearning session you will learn the WHAT, HOW, and HOW of phoneme grapheme mapping to teach decoding and encoding in all grade levels. This skill can be used immediately with all students and all curriculums.  Learn more and register here.
Explicitly Teaching Decoding
  • To read, students must blend sounds together to decode words, but often instruction in the process isn’t explicitly taught. In this microlearning session you will learn the WHAT, WHY, and HOW of the different approaches to teaching students to decode words. Learn more and register here.
Perfecting Your Minilessons
  • The reading or writing mini lesson is the part of the lesson in which the teacher provides direct, focused instruction in what is being taught, why the students are learning it, and then models how to do what is being taught in a short (less than 10 minute) time frame. This micro learning session will identify the components of the mini lesson and how to develop your mini lesson to provide the best instruction while also allowing time for students to participate in guided and independent practice during the reading or writing block. Learn more and register here.





NEW!  Developing Critical Reading Skills to Support STAAR Success in 3rd through 5th Grade
The new items on STAAR require students to answer and respond to text-dependent questions. Learn the four cognitive pathways needed to critically understand a piece of text, and how to organize lessons that support deeper comprehension. See how this instruction promotes student success on the new STAAR through engaging in authentic daily reading instruction. Learn more and register here.
Characteristics, Structure, and Craft of Argumentative Text
The third grade through high school TEKS requires students to recognize and/or analyze the characteristics and structure of an argumentative text and to compose argumentative essays. This session will delve into the characteristics and craft of argumentative texts, identify the differences between argumentative and persuasive text, and provide teachers' instructional ideas to support instruction of this genre in all grade levels. Learn more and register here.

Planning Shared Reading to Support Strategic Reading in K–5

Shared Reading is an interactive reading experience that occurs when students join in or share the reading of a book or other text while guided and supported by a teacher. Learn how to plan short, targeted shared reading lessons using one book that is reread throughout the week. This on-demand course allows participants to choose a K-2 or a Grade 3 and Beyond focus.  Learn more and register here.


Making Sense of the Six Syllable Types

Six written syllable-spelling conventions are used in spelling English words. Familiarity with these syllable patterns helps students know how to pronounce the vowels in words, how to read longer words accurately and fluently, and gives them a better understanding of spelling patterns. This online training will help teachers organize decoding and spelling instruction by giving them detailed description of each syllable type, the steps to implement syllable type instruction, and specific strategies that can be taught to assist students to decode multi-syllable words. Learn more and register here.





Science of Teaching Reading for All Educators

Reading is a complex activity made up of two interdependent processes. A skilled reader combines word recognition and language comprehension to make meaning of text. Years of research have identified the theory and practice of teaching reading. Understanding the cognitive processes that are imperative for successful reading acquisition is important for all educators. This course covers the components identified in the research to give educators the background knowledge needed to implement effective reading practices in all grade levels. Learn more and register here.







Evidence Based Writing to Support STAAR® in Grades 3–8

Learn the instructional framework that lays the foundation for evidence based writing, and how to support your students to master writing the short constructed response and the extended constructed response items of the new STAAR. Learn more and register here.







NEW!  How Do I Fit It ALL In? Organizing and Planning Literacy Instruction
Literacy is the core of all subjects, but to teach it effectively time must be allotted for the teaching of the many interwoven components making organizing and planning a challenge. Learn how to organize your literacy block and how to develop a weekly lesson plan that closely aligns with the rigor of the standards and follows the gradual release of responsibility. Learn more and register here.




Lesson Planning Using the Gradual Release of Responsibility
Identify the six steps of planning any lesson aligned to the rigor of the standard, follows the gradual release of responsibility, and establishes assessment criteria. Learn more and register here.


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