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Professional Learning Opportunities and Support

According to Forgarty and Pete (2007) effective professional development should be sustained, job embedded, collegial, interactive, integrated, results oriented, and practical.

Professional Development/Support

I can assist you in planning your professional development to include:

  • Face-to-face sessions implemented over time.
  • Follow-up session(s) at your work-site or with a team of teachers – does it work? What do I need to change?
  • Support to your community of learners.
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLC) facilitation
  • Engagement of learners.
  • Tailored and targeted professional development seminars designed for your learners.
  • Web-based sessions with total staff, small groups, or individuals
  • Parent workshops
  • Online tutoring and assessment sessions for individual students

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Contracted Seminars 2016-2017: Bureau of Education & Research

Close Reading Strategies to Help Your Struggling Readers, Grades K-6

  • October 24, 2016: Richmond, VA – Register Here
  • October 25, 2016: Roanoke, VA – Register Here
  • October 26, 2016: Raleigh, NC – Register Here
  • October 27, 2016: Chicago North, IL – Register Here
  • October 28, 2016: Chicago South, IL – Register Here
  • November 14, 2016: Providence, RI – Register Here
  • November 15, 2016: Manchester NH – Register Here
  • January 17, 2017: Springfield, MO – Register Here
  • January 18, 2017: Kansas City, MO – Register Here
  • January 19, 2017: Wichita, KS – Register Here
  • January 20, 2017: Houston, TX – Register Here

The Most Effective Strategies for Accelerating the Success of Your Struggling Readers, Grades K-6

  • November 28, 2016: Portland, ME – Register Here
  • November 29, 2016: Long Island, NY – Register Here
  • December 5, 2016: Sioux Falls, SD – Register Here
  • December 6, 2016: Fargo, ND – Register Here
  • December 7, 2016: Minneapolis, MN – Register Here
  • December 8, 2016: Kansas City, MO – Register Here
  • December 9, 2016: DesMoines, IA – Register Here
  • December 14, 2016: Phoenix, AZ – Register Here
  • December 15, 2016: Portland, OR – Register Here

Four-Day National Train-the-Trainer Institute: Early Intervention Strategies to Help Your Students who Struggle with Reading Accuracy, Fluency, and Comprehension, Grades K-2

  • March 13, 14, 15, and 16: Chicago, IL – Register Here

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Professional Development/Seminars

The following full-day or two-day seminars are available for contracted services at your school/district site. If you do not see a seminar which fits your needs, please contact me and a seminar can be designed specifically for you and your school/district.

Strategies for Literacy Success:  (* Also an Excellent Keynote)

Yes, students who struggle can be successful in the learning environment. A focus on Growth Mindset, motivation, perception, active learning, successful strategies, learning styles, and best practices will be shared. Participants will be engaged in what works and what doesn’t, experiencing what students who struggle need the most.

Close Reading Strategies to Help Your Struggling Readers

During this strategy-filled day, we will learn what close reading looks like through dozens of highly practical practices to raise reading achievement, without ignoring the unique needs of struggling readers.  We will explore how to offfer rigorous instruction within a variety of experiences to achieve an increase of reaidng comprehension, while accommodating the spriciv needs of struggling readers.  Learn what FMP is and how to engage your students in the process of finding success in readings

The Most Effective Strategies for Accelerating the Success of Your Struggling Readers, Grades K-6

Background knowledge, oral language, fluency, vocabulary, motivation, interest, and an “I can” and “I want to” belief are all building blocks in comprehension that can truly raise the reading achievement of our students who struggle. During this unique seminar, you will have a day of collaborating, reflecting, discovering, learning, practicing, and connecting previous knowledge to fresh ideas.  My goal is to offer a plethora of strategies and dozens of ideas for future implementation in your classroom.

Strengthening the Reading Achievement of Students with Disabilities: Strategies that Work, Grades K-6

Yes, your students who are struggling can be successful in reading. You will be engaged in the ABCs of Reading Strategies … a plethora of research-based reading strategies that have been used successfully with students Pre-K to 8th Grade. These are strategies that you can use right away. Participants will be engaged in a fun-filled day of learning.

Fluency: Successful Strategies for Students Who Are Struggling in Reading

Fluency is important for building comprehension – learn a wide variety of effective strategies for increasing the fluency skills of your struggling readers to assist them in becoming better readers. Research-based strategies that you can use immediately, are provided during a fun-filled learning day.

Building and Enhancing Vocabulary: Strategies that Work

A day filled with research-based vocabulary strategies that will increase the reading comprehension of your students. Fun, effective strategies for increasing the speaking, reading, and writing vocabulary of your K-5 students with and without learning disabilities.

Interactive Read-Aloud and Retell: A Winning Team!

Read-Aloud and Retell are two very effective strategies that increase vocabulary, listening comprehension, sentence structure, story grammar, background knowledge, writing skills, attention, and overall reading comprehension. A day filled with tons of research and practical strategies to use right away.

Enhancing Early Language and Literacy for your Pre-K and Kindergarten Students

Research provides us with valuable information on oral language and vocabulary building for the beginning literacy of young learners. Enjoy a day filled with successful strategies and relevant research on phonological awareness, shared reading, shared language, the development of concepts, oral language, story writing and extensions, rhyme, rhythm, and concepts of print.

Coaching and Mentoring

Teachers need mentors, support, camaraderie, resources, and assistance. How can colleagues effectively support one another? Whether you are a Literacy Coach, a peer teacher, or an administrator, learn about adult learning theory, communication skills, and ways to effectively support teachers, which ultimately effects the reading achievement of our children.

Co-Teaching in an Inclusive Literacy Setting

Do you need ideas on how to co-teach effectively and without losing your individual identity? Do you need research-based ideas on how to successfully implement an inclusive literacy-based setting, with student achievement at the core? Learn various models of co-teaching and effective literacy strategies for success – both for your students and you!  You will leave this seminar with great ideas to use immediately.

Effectively Teaching to the Needs and Strengths of the Students in Your Classroom

Learning Styles, Student Engagement, Multiple Intelligences, and Differentiated Instruction – all wrapped up into a day filled with effective, research-based strategies for the increased success of your students. Learn valuable information about yourself, too!

Differentiated Instruction and Multiple Intelligences: Effective Strategies to Engage All Students in an Active Learning Process

Differentiated Instruction is an effective method of managing it all and setting your students up for success. Learn the ins and outs of a successful reading block, using differentiated instruction. Participants will be engaged in a variety of learning activities to enhance the success of all students.

Response to Intervention (RTI): How to Catch Them Before They Fall Into the Cracks and Increase Student Achievement in Reading

Do you work with students who are at risk for reading failure? Do you often wish you could “fix” the reading problems of some of your “neediest” students? Do you want to find a way to more successfully collaborate with other educators toward a common goal? Do you want to know more about effectively implementing a Response to Intervention Process? Learn how to effectively implement the RTI model in your school to better support your struggling readers before they fail. You will leave this seminar with practical ideas and strategies on how to successfully make it happen, with ideas that you can put into action immediately.

Response to Intervention (RTI): Assessing Students’ Needs in Reading within an RTI Framework

Learn how to utilize various reading assessments and data analysis to enhance your RTI Reading Model. The impact of using data formulated from our ongoing classroom assessments is evident in how it affects our students and how we teach. This professional development includes background information on RTI, components of effective reading instruction, assessment, data analysis, managing it all, and action planning. You will leave this seminar with practical ideas and strategies on how to successfully make it happen, with ideas that you can put into action immediately.

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  • Any of the above can be tailored to Keynote or full day seminars
  • Additional keynotes and professional development seminars not listed above are available, tailored to the needs of your student population
  • Professional development is available in one, two, and three-day consecutive seminars or multiple days spread out over the school year
  • Follow-up sessions are available either face-to-face or through a webinar format. Face-to-face includes classroom walk-throughs and working with small-groups of teachers, providing feedback on strategies learned
  • Web-based tutoring sessions and diagnostic reading assessments for individual students in “hot cases” needing additional documentation
  •  Literacy seminars for parents, para-educators and teaching assistants