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Reading/Language Arts Workshops

We will do our best to reschedule any workshops that are canceled due to COVID-19. 
In the event we cannot reschedule or rescheduled dates do not work for you, please contact our Registration Services Department via email at or by phone at 713-744-6326. We kindly request your patience as we are out of the office until April 10 at the earliest. Please know that we will get you taken care of upon our return (if not before).
Exploring the New English Language Arts and Reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in Inclusive Settings

April 15, 2020
Explore the 2017 adopted standards through the lens of supporting inclusive settings. In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore each of the seven strands, review the alignment of skills across grade levels, and discuss the newly revised knowledge and skills to gain a better understanding of the standards. Participants will learn how using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework can assist in identifying and removing curriculum barriers to support the integration of instructional adaptations in inclusive settings. REGISTER


rla-science-of-reading-workshop-general-social-meScience of Teaching Reading: Crash Course for Reading Academy Cohort Leaders
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. This course will cover the areas identified in the state's Science of Teaching Reading Standards to prepare potential reading academy cohort leaders to take the cohort leader screening.  



rla-circle-pd-workshop-april-2020-social-media-grCIRCLE: Two-Day Preschool Early Language and Literacy Including Mathematics

April 22, 2020
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. REGISTER



rla-from-words-to-works-socialmedia-1200x630From Words to Works

April 28, 2020
In this lively workshop, Van Cleave uses current research on writing to help participants understand the issues confronting struggling writers.  He emphasizes working memory and the number of simultaneous demands the writing process makes on students of all ages.  He concludes the presentation with recommendations for assisting students with the various components of writing. REGISTER






new-elar-teks-graphic-feb20Exploring the New English Language Arts and Reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
Explore the 2017 adopted standards for your grade level band. In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore each of the seven strands, review the alignment of skills across grade levels, and discuss the new and revised knowledge and skills to gain a better understanding of the standards.


Read the Region 4 Reading/Language Arts blog entry about this topic.



besl-learning-letters-june20-social-media(1)Moving from Learning Letters to Learning to Read

June 3, 2020
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. REGISTER








Instructional Strategies for Newcomer English Learners Every Educator Must Know

June 4, 2020
Acquire concrete suggestions for instruction that balances the individual needs of Newcomer English learners and accelerates their language development. Whether introducing a new concept in a content area, facilitating a conversation, or modeling how to write an essay, there are best practices for effective instruction with Newcomer English learners. Learn how to craft instruction that is culturally responsive and helps to create links to new information. Understand how to easily use formative assessment to construct language activities that will boost students' proficiency. This training will provide you with critical strategies for effective classroom instruction. Classroom-level and school-level factors will be discussed and resources will be provided. REGISTER



Phonological Awareness FUN! Pk-1 | Prekindergarten, Early Literacy

June 8, 2020
Join us to learn about the Phonological Awareness continuum and its importance in early literacy development. Each step of the continuum will be explored with research and fun activities to support student learning in a high quality classroom. Participants will leave with ready-to-use activities and knowledge on how to move students from playing with sounds to connecting them to letters for beginning reading and writing. REGISTER



rla-sos-struggling-readers-june20-social-mediaHelp I See Struggling Readers Series! Comprehension Edition: The Power of Critical Thinking

June 30, 2020
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 session explores meaningful academic routines for increasing critical thinking by using interactive approaches to close reading. Participants will engage in hands-on mini lessons to practice research-based techniques to improve student comprehension. The techniques prepare students for STAAR success. REGISTER



A Treasure Trove of Read Aloud Activities for PK/K

July 8, 2020

Reading aloud to children is one of the most important tasks we can do to develop successful readers and writers! It gives them the opportunity to hear fluent reading, to learn comprehension strategies, experience new vocabulary, and to practice phonological awareness and phonics skills in a fun way. Using the same read aloud books to develop early writing skills, is a great way for students to see the connection between reading and writing. In this session, participants will learn how children's literature can be used to develop early literacy skills in reading and writing and walk away with activities to enhance the teaching experience in their classrooms. REGISTER



Instructional Coaching Playbook: Make Every English Learner Successful

August 6, 2020
Build your English learner playbook by providing dynamic tools to support any content area. Coach around crafting opportunities for students to meaningfully engage with content in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking. This session will focus on 5 things that make every English learner successful. Join us as we explore the components, purpose , and applications to instruction. REGISTER



Instructional Coaching: The Critical Elements of the Coaching Cycle

August 11, 2020
Learn how to set manageable goals to begin coaching cycles with teachers. Explore how to organize and manage the different phases of each cycle, as well as, ways to communicate effectively with teachers and administrators in order to yield optimal results. REGISTER



Literacy for All! Designing Inclusive Literacy Learning Environments – Foundational Literacy Skills, K–12

(focus on Grades 4-12)

August 12-13, 2020
Many students in grades 4-12 lack proficiency in foundational reading skills.  This is the reason many older students cannot comprehend text.  This session addresses the needs of those students. 


During the first day, participants will delve deeply into the science of teaching reading. On day 2, through hands-on activities aligned to Kindergarten - Grade 5 ELAR standards, participants will explore how cognitive processes, associated with disabilities including dyslexia and related disorders, impact the learning of foundational literacy skills. Participants will build knowledge and understanding of how to utilize the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to proactively identify and address instructional and environmental barriers.  Participants will learn how to design instructional supports, including assistive technology, to accommodate for the impact of the disability in order to improve student achievement in reading.


This session was developed by the Inclusion in Texas Network in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency and is aligned with the HB 3 Reading Academies.  K-3 educators must still attend the HB 3 Reading Academies to meet the requirements of that legislation. REGISTER



Esperanza: A Structured Multisensory Spanish Language Program

September 23-24, 2020
Learn to teach the Esperanza program that focuses on helping students develop a strong knowledge of the structure of the Spanish language. Learn how to transition the student into English by helping the student apply his or her knowledge of phonology and the rules of Spanish to the acquisition of English. This program has been used successfully with beginning readers in bilingual programs as well as with dyslexic Spanish-speaking students. REGISTER




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 

7145 West Tidwell Road | Houston, Texas 77092-2096 | 713.462.7708
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