2 or 3-HOUR WORKSHOPS
(YOU MUST CHOOSE JUST ONE)
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Reading and Writing Connections: How to Include and Empower Every Student (K-5)
In this session, Pam Allyn will share new ideas about the synergy of reading and writing instruction. Pam will discuss how we can measure the impact of writing on our children as learners, and how to use literature, performance-based assessment and our own growing knowledge of the teaching of writing to move our children forward. Prepare to leave with ready-to-implement practices to make reading and writing transformational for all your students.
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
The Powerful Reading Vitamin: Boosting Comprehension with Reciprocal Teaching (K-8)
Are you ready to revolutionize your teaching and dramatically improve the engagement and comprehension of all of your students while meeting the demands of the Common Core Standards? Would you like to take your comprehension instruction to the next level so your students are the ones doing the work and using the strategies when they read on their own? Many students decode and yet don’t comprehend what they read. The Fabulous Four, or reciprocal teaching strategies (Palincsar and Brown) predict, question, clarify, and summarize work as a powerful package to begin to yield dramatic results (Hattie) in reading comprehension in as little as 15 days. This exciting NEW version of reciprocal teaching is loaded with dozens of new lessons for whole class, content area reading, guided reading, stations, and a practical Response to Intervention Model. You’ll experience first hand motivating lessons. This model yields student growth of six months to two years in just three months. Come to this practical, hands-on, and entertaining workshop to learn ideas you can use tomorrow to strengthen student comprehension using any reading material.
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Fluency Matters: A Misunderstood, But Critical Reading Competency (K-8)
Recent surveys of reading experts indicate that fluency is not an important competency in reading. Based on his own work with young and adolescent readers, Dr. Tim Rasinski will make the case that reading fluency is indeed a critical competency for reading at every grade level and that many students who struggle in reading are not sufficiently fluent. He will also share effective and engaging strategies for making fluency instruction an integral part of any literacy classroom.
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM