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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.





Roadmap to the New RLA STAAR Assessment Items Series



Want to know more about the new Reading Language Arts STAAR Assessment Items? This informational journey will follow a roadmap to understanding the STAAR redesign, as well as stops along the way to explore each of the new item types. Pack your bags and join us!  (All sessions will be virtual, from 1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.)

Navigating the Multiple Choice and Multiselect Items
  • February 16, 2022
  • June 6, 2022
Navigating the Multipart and Inline Choice Items
  • February 23, 2022
  • June 8, 2022
Navigating the Match Table Grid
  • March 2, 2022
  • June 15, 2022
Navigating the Hot Text Items
  • March 23, 2022
  • June 22, 2022




Who Needs Coaching? Not Me! Coaching the Resistant Teacher

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.




One Hour Cafe Series


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.





Reading and Language Arts Virtual Conference

February 11, 2022


We are so excited to invite you to join us for a day filled with robust professional development opportunities addressing an array of literacy-related topics that span all grade levels. Hope to see you there as we come together to Accelerate, Invigorate, and Celebrate the Reading and Writing Connection.


Let's come together to Accelerate and Invigorate as we Celebrate the Reading and Writing Connection. Learn more and register for our annual conference here.




Developing Early Literacy Skills in Prekindergarten
Developmentally Appropriate Literacy Practices

February 12, 2022  |  8:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m. (Virtual Session)

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. Learn more and register here.






Reading Acceleration Series
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.






Science of Teaching Reading Series

This series, based on the Science of Teaching Reading framework, explores key concepts in foundational literacy, including oral language, phonological awareness, word structure and analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Designed for teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, and preservice teachers, each course dives deeply into the theory and practice of early reading skills and provides educators the tools to implement effective early literacy practices.
Phonics and Other Word Identification Strategies

Reading Fluency
Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension

Science of Teaching Reading for All Educators

On-Demand Professional Development
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. Understanding the cognitive processes that are imperative for successful reading acquisition is important for all educators. This course covers the components identified in the research to give educators the background knowledge needed to implement effective reading practices in all grade levels. Learn more and register here.





Get-N-Go Lunch Series: Formative Assessments Partnered with Effective Feedback

February 17, 2022  |  11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.  (Virtual Zoom Session)

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. 





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.





Moving From Learning Letters to Learning to Read Series: Phonological Awareness

February 24, 2022  |  1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.  (Virtual Session)

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. Learn more and register here.





Vibrant Vocabulary for Sensational Students PK-1

February 26, 2022   |  8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.  (Virtual Session)
Having a rich vocabulary helps with language development, reading comprehension, and written expression. Early childhood students and second language students need some extra help from teachers to learn crucial vocabulary needed to be successful with both social and academic language. In this session, educators will learn routines for teaching vocabulary words in effective ways for easy retrieval and correct use for oral expression in PK-1 classrooms. Learn more and register here.






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

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