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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


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.





The Science of Teaching Reading - Virtual Series

Six course series based on Domain II, the Foundations of Reading, from the Science of Teaching Reading exam framework, including Oral Language Development, Phonological and Phonemic Awareness, Print Concepts and Alphabetic Principle, Phonics and Other Word Identification Skills, Syllabication and Morphemic Analysis Skills, and Reading Fluency. Each course will be offered separately as a 6 hour class and will serve to prepare teachers for the STR exam 293, provide additional support to the Reading Academies content, and bolster existing knowledge of the principles of the Science of Teaching Reading.


Sessions in this series include:


Oral Language Foundation of Reading Development (OnDemand)

This online, on-demand course explores the importance of oral language and its relationship to literacy development. The course content is based on the Texas Science of Teaching Reading Framework (Domain II, Competency 003) and is intended to explore the concepts, principles, and best practices related to the development of oral language.  Learn more and register here.





Failure Is Not an Option: Save Our Struggling Readers

January 26, 2021

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. Learn more and register here.




One Hour Cafe - Virtual Workshop Series 

Rubrics to the Rescue
How do I improve the quality of my students' work products? How do I save time grading their products? Rubrics to the rescue! In this one hour session, participants will examine the benefits and steps to creating quality rubrics to improve the quality of student work products and increase achievement. We will explore how the use of rubrics can help teachers, students, and parents authentically monitor learning and progress in a face-to-face or virtual classroom.

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 Right Fit with Tiered Assignments
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. 




Get-N-Go Lunch Series for Reading/Language Arts

Consider selecting one or many sessions in the Get-N-Go Lunch Series - they can taken in any order.


Enhancing Reading Fluency

February 4, 2021
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.


Formative Assessment Partnered with Effective Feedback

February 9, 2021
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

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. Sessions will be held on these dates:

Focusing on Guided Practice in the I Do-We Do-You Do Framework

March 16, 2021
Do you need more ideas to create effective guided practice, We-Do portion of the I Do-We Do-You Do framework? In this session, we will explore ways to actively engage students in the lesson while having the appropriate support from the teacher. It is critical that we strategically release the responsibility of the learning to the student. You will receive immediate take-aways that can be used in your classroom to strengthen independent readers. Learn more and register here.

Get-N-Go Lunch Series: Explicitly Modeling in the I Do-We Do-You Do Framework

March 25, 2021
Want to enhance your delivery of instruction? Join us as we focus on the I Do, modeling portion, in the I Do-We Do-You Do framework. We will explore effective ways to model a strategy that would help students to become confident and proficient learners. You will leave with immediately take-aways that can be used in your classroom to strengthen independent readers. Learn more and register here.





Writing, Writing Everywhere!
Emergent Writing PreK and Kindergarten

February 6, 2021

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.





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

February 15, 2021

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. Learn more and register for this session here.


Phonological Awareness

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!

February 25, 2021

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. Learn more and register for this session here.






Preparing Students for State Writing Testing through Authentic Writing (Grades 3-5)

February 18, 2021

Preparing students for state writing testing does not require the end of authentic writing. This session extends the expository writing unit covered in the session The Virtual Writing Workshop: Expository Unit to preparing a unit specific for STAAR writing. Participants will learn how to extend the explicit teaching done in this unit to cover writing to a prompt. Learn more and register here.





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.





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

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