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The Next Step in Differentiated Literacy Centers or Work Stations
[Grades K-4] Click here for Workshop Outline!

Teachers enjoy constructing four core
differentiated literacy centers at the workshop

Gain a teacher toolkit of tiered tasks designed to provide practice in the English Language Arts. Each strategy or skill is designed with multiple levels of challenge, making standards-based instruction accessible to every student. The supports incorporated in these centers make the difference between students’ time being well-spent or off-target! Streamline the planning and preparation with a structure that is self-sustaining. Examine a core set of weekly tasks for each center together with choice board menus that provide differentiated independent practice.

The workshop may be presented as a one-day examination of differentiated literacy centers, or as a two-day make-and-take format, where teachers will plan and construct tasks for each literacy center. The make-and-take option is designed to ensure transfer to classroom practice. Both workshop formats include a comprehensive resource book for each teacher participating in the training, including planning guides, tracking forms and center materials.

Differentiated Small-Group Reading Lessons: Strategy Groups in Action
[Grades K-5] Click here for Workshop Outline!

Differentiated reading groups are formed based on a 
common need in a specific skill or strategy

This workshop addresses the question: “How do I juggle the needs of multiple small groups of students each day and teach at the point of need?” Maximize your small group teaching time with strategy-based grouping based on assessment data. Identify the appropriate teaching point, select text that supports the teaching point, and plan lessons that will move students along the developmental reading continuum. Acquire a toolkit of highly interactive lessons and student materials to support implementation of targeted, differentiated instruction in word recognition, fluency and comprehension that address the English Language Arts.

Follow-up visits may be scheduled with grade level teams to co-plan sequences of lessons based on student data. Subsequent visits provide in-class coaching while teachers work with small groups, followed by working collaboratively with teachers to construct an action plan based on their instructional goals.

Differentiating Reading Instruction for Student Success: Current Neuroscience and Reading Research in Action
[Grades K-5] Click here for Workshop Outline!

Ongoing assessment informs instruction

Find out how differentiated instruction and Response to Intervention work together to maximize your teaching time and resources. Use assessment to guide the implementation of a continuum of reading interventions and differentiation strategies. Support your low progress readers to meet the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts with these interactive tools that ensure all-student responses, lesson sequences and tiered practice tasks. Discover practical solutions to concerns that typically arise during the implementation process regarding scheduling, organization and day-to-day teaching in the classroom.

The Next Steps in Literacy Coaching: The Literacy Coach’s Toolkit for Differentiated Practice
[Grades K-6] Click here for Literacy Coach Training!

Literacy Coaches need support too! Achieve the goal of differentiated instruction with a student-centered approach to coaching. Examine how to target your coaching so that it results in lasting understanding and application in the classroom.

This training can be provided as a one day overview or as a two day workshop:

  1. Overcome common adaptive challenges in the implementation of differentiated practice.
  2. Use student-centered language in constructive coaching conversations that help guide teachers to identify and maintain focus on the ‘next step’ for instructional innovation.
  3. Differentiate your coaching with six ‘side-by side’ formats for working with colleagues in the classroom. See these coaching formats in action in video clips.
  4. Align assessment data and instruction by co-planning lessons and units of study with teacher teams and individuals.
  5. Establish a continuum of professional learning opportunities on differentiated practice.
  6. Compile a coach’s toolkit that makes differentiation doable for the classroom teacher.

Developmental Word Study in Action
[Grades K-6] Click here for Workshop Outline!

Students engage in identifying categories of words
containing common spelling features

Find out how a developmental word study program can improve student skills in spelling, writing and reading. Learn how to administer and analyze spelling inventories and use this information to plan and implement a differentiated word study program. Examine options for scheduling and rotating groups of students or integrate word study in your small-group reading lessons. Experience hands-on, inquiry-based activities that research has identified as the most effective. Acquire a teacher toolkit of resources to make implementation doable and sustainable.

Revising and Rethinking Intervention for Struggling Readers
[Grades 1-6] Click Here for Workshop Outline!

Target common sources of reading difficulties and address the
factors that underlie lack of progress:
attention, memory, language and higher level thinking.

Examine common profiles of student need and the strategic, intensive instruction required for each one. This workshop incorporates highly interactive teaching formats for word-solving, fluency and comprehension instruction to bridge the gap for struggling readers.

Differentiating Instruction for Special Education Students in the Inclusive Classroom
[Grades K-6] Click here for Workshop Outline!

Whether we are a general classroom teacher or a special education teacher, we are expected to teach a standards-based curriculum to students with mild to moderate learning disabilities. This training is designed to support you in successfully meeting the diverse needs of special education students within the general education classroom. Interactive professional learning contexts include: simulations, collaborative lesson planning and analysis of video clips of inclusive teaching practices taken in real classrooms.

Multilevel tasks and resources increase student engagement

Students work on the same strategy, yet complete differentiated tasks designed to meet their needs

A menu of literacy center tasks is displayed on a project board

With years of experience as a classroom teacher, special education resource teacher, reading specialist and literacy coach to guide her, Margo now enjoys her role as an educational consultant with school districts across the United States and Canada. Margo's books and training are designed to support teachers in developing highly effective, differentiated literacy programs.

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