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Reading/Language Arts Workshops

rla-no-staar-packets-jan20-mcc-monitor-adNo More STAAR Packets: Real Reading Practice Please

January 22, 2020

No more STAAR worksheet packets and student burn-out! Imagine students authentically engaged as they review for high stakes assessments throughout the school year. Energize your reading review practice with hands-on learner-centered approaches. This session provides an opportunity for participants to design/redesign student review through the use of learning stations, mini projects based on the principles of project-based learning, and various differentiated learning tasks.  REGISTER



rla-sos-struggling-readers-feb20-mcc-monitor-adFailure Is Not an Option: Save Our Struggling Readers

Are you in desperate need of techniques to help struggling readers learn to read, write and learn more effectively within the content areas? Examine strategies for teaching academic reading and writing to struggling secondary students. Explore instructional approaches that allow students to take ownership of their own learning. Participants will acquire knowledge about the needs of struggling learners and how to use powerful interactive strategies to improve learning for these students. REGISTER


rla-science-of-reading-workshop-feb20-social-mediaScience of Teaching Reading: Crash Course for Reading Academy Cohort Leaders

3-Day workshop beginning February 25, 2020
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.  REGISTER




Phonological Awareness FUN! Pk-1

February 27, 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



Creating Implementation Frameworks Using TEKS Resource System: Reading/Language Arts

March 6, 2020

Create coherent, aligned six-week implementation frameworks using the Vertical Alignment Document (VAD), the Year at a Glance (YAG), and Instructional Focus Document (IFD) from the TCMPC TEKS Resource System. Register by grade level using the links below.


Word Study Part 1- Phonological Awareness, Alphabetic Principle, Phonics, and Six Syllable Types

Let's start at the very beginning of reading acquisition.  This session will review phonological awareness, alphabetic principle, graphemes and phonemes, basic phonics, and the six syllable types.  Participants will review the what, why, and how for each topic, including some make and take activities.  DETAILS



Word Study Part 2- Six Syllable Types with Multi-syllabic Words, Syllabication, Etymology, and Morphology

After students have mastered the alphabet and reading single syllable words, what are the next steps to advance student skills with decoding?  This session will address the aspects of advanced decoding by delving into syllable division rules, morphology (i.e. affixes, roots), and etymology. Participants will learn the what, why, and how for each topic, including some make and take activities.  DETAILS



Developing Early Literacy Skills in Prekindergarten
Supporting Young Readers and Writers in Prekindergarten

March 25, 2020

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. Enrollment fees and materials for this session have been covered with RECESS Grant Initiative 1 funds. REGISTER


Emergent Reading Small Group Activities Make and Take

March 26, 2020
In this session participants will explore various small group activities for developing emergent reading skills. We will discuss the components of effective small group instruction and identify ways to differentiate lessons based on student need. The small group lessons cover skills such as phonological awareness, language development, and letter knowledge. Attendees will leave with ready-made activities and materials to immediately use in their classrooms. REGISTER



Learning Environments in Prekindergarten: Preparing Students for Success!
Creating a Nurturing, Supportive and Conducive Learning Environment in Prekindergarten

April 15, 2020

Safe, responsive, and nurturing environments are important components of learning and development of prekindergarten students. Such environments also help to prevent or alleviate challenging behaviors and to implement effective interventions for young children, supporting and developing independence and social-emotional growth. Join us for a day of learning about cultivating a responsive, warm, and caring environment in an inclusive prekindergarten classroom. Enrollment fees and materials are covered with RECESS grant initiative 1 funds. REGISTER



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



CIRCLE: 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



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




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