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 email@example.com.
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.
Uncovering Themes and Deeper Meanings of Narrative Text--A TEKS-Based Approach
In this engaging workshop, participants will 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.
Understanding the Role of Author's Craft and Rhetoric in Informational and Persuasive Texts
--A TEKS-Based Approach
In this engaging workshop, participants will 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.
The Science of Teaching Reading - Virtual Series
This virtual series explores the importance of foundational literacy skills, including oral language, phonological awareness, print concepts, alphabet knowledge, phonics and word identification skills, syllabication, morphology, and reading fluency to literacy development. The course content is based on the Texas Science of Teaching Reading Framework (Domain II, Competency 003-007) and is intended to explore the concepts, principles, and best practices related to each literacy skill. This series may be used to further assist participants in preparing for the Science of Teaching Reading certification exam (STR 293), as a supplement to Reading Academies course content, or simply to improve content knowledge in the area of foundational literary skills for all educators , instructional coaches, and administrators in grades PreK-6.
Print Concepts and Alphabetic Principle
This interactive course explores the critical foundational literacy skills of print concepts and the alphabetic principle. In the class, participants will review the research, continuum of learning, high yield instructional practices, TEKS alignment, supporting second language learners, and concepts related to culturally responsive teaching. Learn more and register here.
Phonics and Other Word Identification Strategies
Learn all about phonics, including the six types of syllables, and other word identification strategies to help your growing readers and writers excel in word attack and spelling skills. Learn more and register here.
An Introduction to Syllabication and Morphology
This highly interactive course focuses on how to divide multisyllabic words into individual syllables to simplify reading and spelling. Participants will learn and apply syllable division strategies to break down larger words. Additionally, participants will explore the meaning units of words (morphology), including Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Greek affixes, base words, and roots, to bolster vocabulary knowledge. Learn more and register here.
December 8-9, 2020
Reading fluency acts as the bridge that connects word identification skills to reading comprehension. In this course, participants will explore the importance of understanding the role of fluency in literacy development, TEKS alignment, high yield instructional strategies, progress monitoring, and using assessment to plan instruction. Learn more and register here.
Moving From Learning Letters to Learning to Read Series
Each session of the Moving From Learning Letters to Learning to Read Series can be selected individually. You can choose to participate in one, two, or all three sessions of the series and you can attend in any order.
Story and Language Awareness
To build good readers, we want to engage students in the story by emphasizing the language structure, meaning and organization. This session will explore ways to foster the development of storytelling, building vocabulary and language structure as they learn to read during face-to-face and remote learning.
According to the Science of Teaching Reading, recognizing and manipulating sounds in words are very important to students' development of automatic decoding sounds which leads to learning to read. This session will focus on strategies for the early stages of phonological awareness instruction (sentences, syllables, rhymes, onset-rime) by using scaffolding examples for the classroom and ideas for teaching remotely.
Letters, Sounds, Words, Oh My!
Join us for this engaging session to learn effective methods for teaching letter-sound correspondence as we look into print awareness, a beginning stage of learning to read. We will explore ways for students to see how print works in order to build a foundation for early readers for face-to-face and remote learning. We will discuss various word walls, word meanings and simple sentences to allow for scaffolding support as we strengthen the students alphabet knowledge and concepts of print.
Help I See Struggling Readers - Virtual Workshop Series
Comprehension Edition: The Power of Critical Thinking
Open the door of reading comprehension for your struggling readers. Transform instruction and increase student achievement by integrating the comprehension processes into reading instruction. This online session explores meaningful academic routines for increasing critical thinking by using interactive approaches to close reading. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on practice of research-based techniques to improve student comprehension. The techniques prepare students for STAAR success.
Vocabulary Edition: Vocab Magic
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.
Shoot for STAAR® Success with STELLAR!
Are you searching for a resource that could easily integrate into your face-to-face and virtual instruction? Do you need support preparing your students for STAAR®? STELLAR is the answer to both questions. This session will examine the components of the STELLAR resource that help create a robust, thematically linked, and TEKS aligned unit to meet the needs of all learners. Participants will explore multi-genre texts, STAAR® formatted assessments, and lesson activities that inspire inquiry, discussion, ongoing reflection, digital literacy provided in the STELLAR resource. The resource is available for purchase on Region 4 store. Register for one of these upcoming workshops using the links below!
The Writing Teacher’s Toolkit: 20 Proven Practices for Struggling Writers (Virtual)
Meet the challenges of supporting struggling writers with proven instructional routines and strategies. Participants will build a writing teacher toolkit equipped with 20 writing routines and strategies to help support the demands of the writing TEKS and STAAR. Examine how engagement, technology, and collaboration impact students who are with writing.
One Hour Cafe - Virtual Workshop Series
Power in Choice Boards
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.
The Science of Boy Learners: Creating Classrooms that Work for Boys (Virtual)
Playbook of Processing Strategies: Teaching Learners How to Learn! (Virtual)
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.
Get-N-Go Lunch Series for Elementary Reading/Language Arts
Formative Assessment Partnered with Effective Feedback
November 5, 2020
How do you assess your students during the day? When you are observing, what are you assessing? Come join us to get some quick ideas on how to embed formative assessments in instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning. Learn more and register here.
Gradual Release of Responsibility
November 10, 2020
Need a quick refresher on the Gradual Release of Responsibility? Maybe you're not sure if your delivery of instruction is the most effective. Come join us for ways to use this framework effectively and immediately in your classrooms to strengthen independent readers. Learn more and register here.
Enhancing Reading Fluency, Grades 3-5
December 2, 2020
How are you supporting students' fluency? Come and explore several strategies to build fluency that can positively effect reading growth. While fluency alone is not enough to produce good readers, it does relieve one major impediment to comprehension. Join us as we discuss how to help students increase their fluency rate, thereby allowing for a greater opportunity to becoming independent readers. Learn more and register here.
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What's the Big Idea of Questioning: Most Students Don't Respond Anyway! (Virtual)
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.
The Write Moves: Differentiation in the Writing Classroom!
November 19, 2020
Take the right steps to improve the overall quality and quantity of student writing by delivering intentionally differentiated instruction. Learn innovative practical techniques to tier writing instruction and assessment to meet the needs of the diversity of learners. This online session builds your confidence as a writing teacher of all types of learners. Learn more and register here.
Classroom Management that Works for Beginners! It's All About Instruction
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 and register here.