Balanced Literacy Online Workshops
A Balanced Approach to Literacy

OBJECTIVES

  • Explore research on literacy instruction
  • Develop knowledge of best strategies in reading and writing
  • Introduce a balanced approach to literacy instruction
  • Explain procedures used in informal and formal assessments
  • Discuss using assessment data to plan, evaluate, and revise effective instruction
  • Explore the key components of a workshop model
  • Use the Common Core Standards when planning lessons
  • Integrate technology to enhance literacy instruction
  • Develop knowledge of matching student learning styles and abilities to instruction
  • Demonstrate knowledge of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension

DESCRIPTION

Through readings, videos, and discussions, participants explore literacy development from kindergarten through 5th grade. Topics include learning theories, current research on reading and writing, and understanding how to create an effective literacy environment through a balanced literacy approach. We also explore the key components of a workshop model, and review a range of formative and summative assessments. Effective lesson planning is explored with a focus on the Common Core Standards.

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The Reading Writing Connection

OBJECTIVES

  • Match author's crafts to texts for instructional purposes
  • Explain the writing workshop model and demonstrate how to create an effective writing environment
  • Identify and explain the steps of the writing process
  • Define author’s craft and identify different types of craft used in writing
  • Explore the different ways of instructing your students in the application of author’s crafts across a variety of writing topics
  • Develop instructional strategies that support the use of student-generated writing as well as the use of exemplars and feedback during writer's workshop
  • Identify instructional strategies that support responding to literature using the evidence from the text

DESCRIPTION

This course focuses on supporting and developing student writing through the use of the writing process during writer’s workshop. Participants are introduced to a range of best practices for instructing students in writing. The course explores how to teach author’s crafts through children’s literature and student-generated exemplars. Participants also develop instructional strategies that focus on student research and supporting ideas using evidence from the text.

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Accountable Talk and Student Facilitated Discussion Groups

OBJECTIVES

  • Identify the relationship between student discourse, student accountability, comprehension, and student engagement
  • Analyze the skills required to create a classroom community that holds students highly accountable for learning
  • Introduce teaching strategies to scaffold students effectively to promote thinking and self-reflection as a learner
  • Explain ways to assess comprehension and understanding during student-facilitated discussion groups
  • Explore methods for providing meaningful feedback that enhances student participation and learning

DESCRIPTION

Through readings, videos, and discussions, participants explore how to implement student-facilitated discussion groups in the classroom. Participants observe student-facilitated discussion groups, explore accountable talk, and learn strategies for scaffolding student discourse and promoting active engagement in learning. Participants are also introduced to assessment tools that can be implemented during student-facilitated discussion groups to provide students with meaningful feedback.

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Struggling Readers, RTI and Differentiated Instruction

OBJECTIVES

  • Explain differentiated instruction and research strategies for effective differentiation
  • Develop lessons that effectively differentiate reading instruction
  • Determine strategies for identifying struggling readers
  • Analyze effective teaching practices for struggling readers
  • Develop a definition of RTI (Response to Intervention) and analyze the components of this model

DESCRIPTION

This course focuses on effectively differentiating literacy instruction for struggling readers. Participants will explore the components of RTI (Response to Intervention), discuss how to use RTI in a classroom setting, gather resources to aid in differentiating instruction, and develop teaching strategies to enhance literacy skills in struggling readers.

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