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Reading/Language Arts Workshops

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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 reading@esc4.net

 

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.

 


 

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The Science of Teaching Reading Series
Each of the online sessions below are part of the series; however, the Science of Teaching Reading series may be taken in any order. For more information, e-mail reading@esc4.net.
 
Phonological Awareness
This course explores the concepts, principles, and best practices related to the development of phonological and phonemic awareness. The course content is based on the Texas Science of Teaching Reading Framework, Domain II, Competency 004. This course 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 phonological and phonemic awareness. Learn more and register here.
 
Print Concepts and Alphabet Knowledge
This course explored concepts, principles, and best practices related to the development of print concepts and alphabet knowledge. The course content is based on the Texas Science of Teaching Reading Framework, Domain II, Competency 005. This course 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 print concepts and alphabet knowledge. Learn more and register here.
 
Phonics and Word Study
This course explores the importance of phonics and other word identification skills and their relationship to literacy development. The course content in based on the Science of Teaching Reading Framework (Domain II, Competency 006) and is intended to explore concepts, principles, and best practices related to phonics and word study. this course 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 phonics and word identification skills. Learn more and register here.
 
Syllabication and Morphemic Analysis
This course explores the importance of syllabication and morphemic analysis skills and their relationship to literacy development. The course content is based on the Texas Science of Teaching Reading Framework (Domain II, Competency 007) and is intended to explore the concepts, principles, and best practices related to syllabication and morphology. This course 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 content, or simply to improve content knowledge in the area of syllabication strategies and morphology. Learn more and register here.
 
Reading Fluency
This course explores the importance of reading fluency skills and its relationship to literacy development. The course content is based on the Texas Science of Teaching Reading Framework (Domain II, Competency 007) and is intended to explore the concepts, principles, and best practices related to reading fluency. This course may be used to further assist participants in  preparing for the Science of Teaching Reading certification exam (STR 293), as supplement to Reading Academies course content, or simply to improve content knowledge in the area of reading fluency. Learn more and register here.

 


 

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Acceleration Series for English/Language Arts
Each of the 4 online sessions below are part of the series; however, the acceleration series may be taken in any order. For more information about the Acceleration series, e-mail reading@esc4.net.
 
Using Syntax and Summarizing to Accelerate Reading Growth

In this online session, participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the role syntax plays in comprehension. Participants will also learn how to teach students to quickly and accurately understand the gist of a complex text, which builds the foundation for critical thinking.

 
Using Text Complexity to Accelerate Reading Growth
In this online session, participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the attributes of qualitative text complexity while learning how to use this knowledge to accelerate reading growth for students in grades 3-12. Specifically, participants will learn how to create text sets that serve as knowledge scaffolds that support students as they tackle sophisticated, challenging text.  Learn more and register here.
 
 
Using Fluency and Word Study to Accelerate Reading Growth

In this online session, participants will learn strategies to increase their students' comprehension and stamina. Specifically, participants will learn how to accelerate reading progress using a scaffolded approach to develop reading fluency and vocabulary acquisition. These approaches will support students as they tackle sophisticated, challenging text. Learn more and register here.

 

 

Segmenting Text to Accelerate Reading Growth

July 30, 2020

In this online session, participants will learn how to segment, or divide, a text, with an instructional mindset. Specifically, participants will gain knowledge of the structure, content, and challenges of sophisticated, complex texts in order to design reading experiences that scaffold and accelerate reading growth in students. Learn more and register here.

 

 

Using Paired Reading Structures to Accelerate Reading Growth

August 18, 2020

Participants will explore several structures that leverage the paired-reading dynamic to promote general comprehension, increase inferential thinking, and bolster critical stances towards literature. We will also examine guidelines and strategies to promote dialogical, student-to student discussions, as well as techniques to extend critical thinking through extended written responses. Collectively, these approaches will harness and build on the diversity of reading strengths your students offer. Learn more and register here.

 

 


 

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Exploring the New English Language Arts and Reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

Explore the 2017 adopted standards for grades 6-8 and 9-12. In this virtual workshop (through the Zoom® platform), 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. Register today to save your spot!

 

Grades 6-8

 

Grades 9-12

 


 

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A Treasure Trove of Read Aloud Activities for PK/K - Virtual Training
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 have access to activities to enhance the teaching experience in their classrooms. Learn more and register here.

 

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Phonological Awareness (PK-1st), Early Literacy Virtual Training
What is phonological awareness, and why is it important? In this session we will define phonological awareness and identify the skills students must develop in prekindergarten through first grade that serve as a foundation for literacy development. We will explore the phonological awareness continuum and identify developmentally appropriate instructional methods for supporting students in acquiring these skills. Learn more and register here.

 

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Instructional Coaching: The Critical Elements of the Coaching Cycle (Online)

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. 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 reading@esc4.net

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