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Reading/Language Arts Workshops

We are excited to announce our latest professional development offerings! Click the titles to find a description and registration information. For more information about any of these workshops, e-mail reading@esc4.net

 

Region 4 is going virtual this summer to keep everyone safe and socially distanced. We'll be providing professional development via Zoom. Presenters will email participants with a link to join the session prior to the training session.

 

 

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Developing Early Literacy Skills in Prekindergarten
Fostering and encouraging early writing and reading skills, and understanding the developmental stages of each student, is a challenge many early childhood professionals face.
 
During this session, we will focus on the stages of literacy development and will learn some strategies to incorporate developmentally appropriate activities to foster students' natural curiosity.
 
FREE Session (Enrollment fees and materials for this session have been covered with RECESS Grant Initiative 1 funds.) Learn more and register for the session using the dates below.

 

 


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New (Nearly New) Teacher Collaborative:

Honoring Choice and Valuing Voice

4-Day Virtual Workshop begins October 21, 2021

 

The first years as a new or “nearly” new teacher are always challenging. This collaborative combines research and practical essential techniques to help new and “nearly” new teachers develop valuable skills, knowledge and strategies for a successful start to a long, inspiring career. The New (Nearly Near) Collaborative is a highly participatory series that provides year-long professional development through four half days of virtual sessions, three one hour PLCs, and individual instructional coaching customized to meet the instructional needs of the teacher.

 

Developed specifically for Elementary Language Arts teachers, discussion topics for this workshop will include:
• CRT
• Diverse Instruction/Teaching All Students
• Supporting Special Student Populations
• Data Driven instruction (Using formal/informal assessment data to improve decision making)
• Deconstructing the Standards
• Understanding School Culture
• Classroom Management
• Managing the Classroom Demands and Students
• Lesson Planning
• Understanding the RLA Curriculum
• Learning Strategies

 

Learn more and register here.


 

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Writing, Writing Everywhere!

October 9, 2021  |  Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Virtual Zoom session)
Emergent writing skills are an important part of the Early Childhood Classroom. Research suggests that adult modeling  and guidance on how and when to apply writing skills is critical for future academic success. Participants will discuss the stages of writing development, learn how to embed writing in literacy centers, and incorporate writing in the classroom every day. Modeled Writing, Shared Writing, and bookmaking strategies and techniques will be presented. Bookmaking is a wonderful way to show students the reciprocity of reading and writing and an excellent tool to encourage students to write.  Learn more and register here.


 

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Ties that Bind: Building The Reading and Writing Connection
October 12, 2021 | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (Virtual Session)

Are you struggling to find energizing ideas to add to your reading writing toolbox that will work for both virtual and face-to-face instruction? Do you need to strengthen the reading-writing connect for all learners? Participants will deep dive into essential components that bridge reading and writing in the classroom. Explore interactive approaches/techniques that allow teachers and students to collaborate during the reading and writing process while improving literacy skills for learners. Learn more and register here.


 

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What's the Big Idea of Questioning: Most Students Don't Respond Anyway!
October 14, 2021 | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (Virtual Session)

Are you struggling with getting your students to respond to questions during class? Explore how to create a culture of questioning during classroom discussions that will capture all students. Participants will examine current research-based questioning practices for teachers to use in an effort to improve student achievement. This session will provide questioning techniques as a form of differentiated instruction to reach all types of learners and tools for encouraging students to ask and answer more questions. Learn more and register here.


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CIRCLE: Two-Day Preschool Early Language and Literacy Including Mathematics

October 14–15, 2021  |  Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  (Face-to-Face Workshop)
Participate in the Early Language and Literacy training developed by the Children's Learning Institute, University of Texas Medical School in Houston. This training is based on recent scientific research, is interactive and provides hands-on activities which prekindergarten teachers can immediately implement in their classrooms.

 

Each participant receives a manual containing resources that will help promote early language and early literacy development as well as mathematic skill development in young children. Training includes the following topics: Best Practices, Social Emotional Development, Phonological Awareness, Written Expression, Language Development, Book Reading, Letter Knowledge, and Mathematics. Learn more and register here.


 

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Reading Acceleration Series
 
Using Syntax and Summarizing to Accelerate Reading Growth
October 19, 2021  | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (Virtual Session)
Gain an in-depth understanding of the role syntax plays in comprehension. Participants will also learn how to teach students to quickly and accurately understand the gist of a complex text, which builds the foundation for critical thinking. Learn more and register here.
 
Understanding the Role of Author's Craft and Rhetoric in Informational and Persuasive Texts--A TEKS-Based Approach
October 26, 2021  | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (Virtual Session)

Learn strategies to help students explore, identify, and analyze elements of author's craft in informational and persuasive texts. Participants will learn a structured, scaffolded approach to examine the impact that diction and rhetorical devices have on the meaning of texts. Explicit connections to the newly-adopted English Language Arts TEKS will be made and suggestions for enhancing virtual learning will be explored. Learn more and register here.

 

Questioning and Responding to Informational Texts--A TEKS-Based Approach

November 11, 2021  | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (Virtual Session)
Learn strategies to help students develop focused, thoughtful questions about informational/expository texts as they read. This approach helps students process, understand, and retain ideas and information, thereby boosting comprehension. Explicit connections to the newly-adopted English Language Arts TEKS will be made and suggestions for enhancing virtual learning will be explored.  Learn more and register here.

 

Uncovering Themes and Deeper Meanings of Narrative Text--A TEKS-Based Approach

November 30, 2021  | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (Virtual Session)

Learn strategies to help students uncover the deeper meanings of narrative texts. Participants will learn a structured, scaffolded approach to identity and analyze theme based on text evidence. Explicit connections to the newly-adopted English Language Arts TEKS will be made and suggestions for enhancing virtual learning will be explored. Learn more and register here.

 

Adding Depth to Writing for ELAR STAAR/EOC Success

January 19, 2022  | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (Virtual Session)
Language Arts teachers often point out that their students write in a superficial manner, rendering their writing unengaging and their ideas undeveloped. In this session, participants will learn a highly structured, scaffolded approach to creating depth in expository and persuasive/argumentative writing while simultaneously making explicit connections to the ELAR STAAR/EOC writing rubrics.  Learn more and register here.

 

Increasing Coherency of Expository, Persuasive, and Argumentative Writing for STAAR

January 25, 2022  | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (Virtual Session)
Almost every aspect of writing is linked directly or indirectly to coherence. Without coherency, writing wanders off topic, fails to develop central ideas, and often confuses or disappointing the reader. In this informative session, participates will learn specific techniques to ensure their students write in a connected, focused, coherent manner.  Learn more and register here.

 

STAAR Blitz-Preparing for the Reading STAAR/EOC

February 15, 2022  | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (Virtual Session)

Although “teaching to the test” is counterproductive, teaching with the test in mind is helpful. In this session, participants will learn how to address the critical thinking and metacognitive knowledge and skills students need to be successful on the STAAR/EOC Reading assessment. Give your students the support and review they need going into the final weeks before the test so they feel prepared and confident. Learn more and register here.

 


 

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Oral Language and Emergent Literacy Development in Prekindergarten
November 6, 2021   (8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.)
Developing oral language and communication skills in preschool creates a foundation for later success in reading and writing. In this session, we will discuss oral language development stages, alignment to prekindergarten guidelines, and how to intentionally plan and assess oral language development in the preschool classroom. Learn more and register here.
 

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Classroom Management that Works for Beginners! It's All About Instruction

November 9, 2021  |  1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.  (Virtual Session)

Examine instructional routines that promote positive classroom interactions between students, teachers, and parents. Participants will explore practical strategies that promote a healthy classroom through effective management of instruction to impact the learning of all students. Teachers will acquire skills to determine the classroom structure, organization, routines and procedures that increase student motivation, engagement, and levels of student responsibility. This session focuses on the building blocks for creating positive classroom environment through designing effective instructional routines. Learn more about this session and register here.

 


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It's a Whole New World:Getting Students Engaged in the Virtual Classroom!

November 18, 2021  |  1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.  (Virtual Session)
Shifting between face-to-face and virtual instruction is a tall order for both educators and students. Do you find that your students are not participating in discussions, not volunteering to answer or ask questions, not completing assignments and not excited about attending class? Have you noticed that you are using the same techniques over and over each class setting trying to get students authentically engaged? This is the class for you! Energize your instructional practices with a variety of interactive engagement strategies for the virtual classroom. Learn more and register here.

 


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One Hour Cafe Series

 

Power in Choice Boards

December 7, 2021  |  2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.  (Virtual Session)
Energize your daily instruction with high yield research-based practices for face-to-face and virtual classrooms. In this one hour session, participants will explore how to create choice boards with ease. This differentiated technique will help students access background knowledge, incorporate the language domains (listening, speaking, reading and writing), boost student engagement and emphasize content area concepts. All learners (highly abled, on-level, and struggling) will benefit from the innovative techniques. Learn more and register here.

 

The Right Fit with Tiered Assignments

February 8, 2022  |  2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.  (Virtual Session)
Energize your daily instruction with high yield research-based practices for face-to-face and virtual classrooms. In this one hour session, participants will explore how to tier assignments that will help students access background knowledge, incorporate the language domains (listening, speaking, reading and writing), boost student engagement and emphasize content area concepts. All students (highly abled, on-level, and struggling) will benefit from the innovative technique. Learn more and register here.

 


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Show Me, Don’t Tell Me: Revising with the Struggling Writer

December 9, 2021  |  1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.  (Virtual Session)

Gain tools and practices that will turn revision into more than just a step in the writing process for your struggling secondary writers. Explore how to use revising as an instructional intervention tool to improve student writing. Participants will examine how to deliberately model revision techniques and provide structured feedback that include the accommodations and scaffolds needed to support struggling writers in secondary classrooms. Learn more and register here.

 


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Playbook of Processing Strategies: Teaching Learners How to Learn!

January 13, 2022  |  2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.  (Virtual Session)

All students yearn to learn, but some do not know how to do it. The Playbook of Processing Strategies provides tools to help create multiple pathways to learning. Explore teacher and student-owned strategies to increase learning outcomes. Participants will explore innovative processing strategies that support metacognition and the transfer of knowledge. Learn how to create your own playbook of processing strategies to improve student retention, organization of information, and engagement. Learn more and register here.

 


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Who Needs Coaching? Not Me! Coaching the Resistant Teacher

January 27, 2022  |  1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.  (Virtual Session)
Explore practical techniques and tips for coaching the teacher that does not want to be coached. Participate in collegial dialogue with other coaches through problem-solving real world coaching scenarios. Using research and evidence based practices, create a plan of action to support resistant teachers. Learn more and register here.

 


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Help I See Struggling Readers Series! Vocabulary Edition: Vocab Magic

February 22, 2022  |  1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.  (Virtual Session)
Turn learning new and challenging words into an interactive experience for struggling readers. Learn how to use vocabulary to improve recall, comprehension, and word knowledge for diverse learners. Participants will examine meaningful academic routines that can transform their vocabulary instruction. Participants will practice research-based techniques to improve academic language. The techniques prepare students for classroom, STAAR, and everyday success.  Learn more and register here.

 


 

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Emergent Reading: Small Group Activities Make and Take
April 13, 2022   (8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.)
In this session participants will explore various small group activities for targeting emergent reading skills based on student progress monitoring data. The small group lessons cover skills such as phonological awareness and letter knowledge. Attendees will leave with ready-made activities and materials to immediately use in their classrooms. Learn more and register here.

 


 

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

 
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