Practical Strategies for Narrowing the Achievement Gap in Reading
Presented by Judy Lynch
Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades K-6: Classroom Teachers, Title I Staff, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Staff, English Learner Support Staff, Interventionists, and Administrators
- Highly practical strategies and activities to help narrow the achievement gap in reading
- Link test data to research-based instruction in the essential elements of reading instruction
- Differentiate reading instruction to focus on Title I students, special education students, English language learners and ethnically diverse students who are struggling to dramatically improve reading results
- Model lessons, classroom video segments and an extensive resource handbook packed with dozens of practical ideas, strategies and activities that will support you in your efforts to narrow the achievement gap in reading
This NEW seminar will focus on the practical elements needed for you and your K-6 school to narrow the achievement gap in reading. Master Teacher and national literacy consultant, Judy Lynch, will provide you with proven intervention strategies in reading for all your students who have fallen behind in reading, including Title I, ethnically diverse struggling readers, special education, and English language learners. These ready-to-use ideas will give you a fresh resolve and fresh approaches to meeting the needs of your students as you differentiate reading instruction. You will gain new insights as you hear and see demonstrations modeling the interventions needed to narrow the achievement gap in reading
Judy will share classroom-proven ideas to actively engage K-6 students having difficulty with reading. You will learn easy-to-use methods for teaching the most effective comprehension strategies, incorporating vocabulary techniques, interactive phonics appropriate to each grade level, and building fluency. You will have the flexibility to implement these key literacy practices in whole group or small group, push-in or pull-out, or after school.
Narrowing the achievement gap for struggling students takes a team effort. You will leave energized with ideas for individual teachers, grade-level teams and whole-school efforts. Parents will be partners with your school effort to help children at school and at home.
You will leave this not-to-be-missed seminar with a resource handbook filled with literacy-building materials that will help you implement these intervention strategies immediately when you return to your classroom.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
- Accelerate the Reading Success of Your Struggling Students Who are Ethnically Diverse, English Language Learners and Low Socioeconomically
Practical, research-based strategies proven to accelerate the reading achievement of your K-6 students who are falling behind in literacy development … Ideas and lessons you can use immediately to narrow the achievement gap in reading
- Incorporate the “Super Six” Comprehension Strategies for Research-Based Instruction
Powerful research on comprehension validates Reciprocal Teaching with its four key strategies … Judy will add two other strategies to build the “Super Six” you need to increase comprehension in every grade level and in whole group and small group settings
- Plan and Deliver Word Work Activities that Reach Readers Who are Struggling
Word-Learning, Word-Making and Word-Sorting strategies will provide interactive, differentiated lessons ready for your classroom … See making words lessons that are appropriate for kindergarten through grade six from one of the nation’s experts in word work
- Plan for Whole Group Instruction to Teach Grade-Level Skills and Small Group Instruction that Will Provide Differentiation
Learn ways to adapt highly effective activities for whole group and small group settings … Classroom teachers can easily use these reading strategies as well as Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Reading Coaches, and Interventionists in their small target groups
- Build Vocabulary and Fluency Instruction with Interactive Lessons that are Fun and Engaging
Go beyond “look it up in the dictionary” and learn research-based vocabulary building skills that really work for readers who are struggling and English Language Learners … Learn the three tiers of vocabulary words and which to teach to your students … Discover the key steps for linking oral fluency to text reading with phrasing and expression
- Provide Parents with Easy-to-Use Ways to Help their Children Make Progress in Reading
Effectively train and use volunteers to improve your readers’ accuracy, fluency and comprehension … Plan parent nights that make parents feel welcome and an important part of your literacy team … Learn how to utilize parents, older students and community members to really make a difference in narrowing the achievement gap in reading
- Match Your Test Data to Quality Literacy Instruction
Teach “smarter, not harder” by thoughtful use of the sea of data we are producing in our schools … Lessons will truly be differentiated when you learn exactly what your students need
- Choose from Interventions that are Classroom Based or Push-In/Pull-Out
It takes many safety nets to raise the reading achievement of our struggling readers … Lessons that can be used by a wide variety of school staff, including classroom teachers, reading specialists, Title I staff, and coordinators of after-school and school-based interventions
- Choose the Most Appropriate Texts to Meet Individual Student Needs
Every day, readers who are falling behind need to be reading in books at their instructional level … Learn to select the “just right” instructional texts for small group targeted instruction and at-home reading practice … Build a variety of ideas for using both fiction and nonfiction that translates to increased achievement and test scores
- Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook Packed with Specific Ideas for Narrowing the Achievement Gap in Reading
Model lessons, step-by-step instructions, engaging activities, and much more … All designed to help you narrow the achievement gap in reading in grades K-6
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
- Practical strategies and activities for narrowing the achievement gap in reading in grades K-6
- Specific techniques that can be used in class or in pull-out groups to accelerate your students’ acquisition of reading skills
- Classroom-proven ideas for teaching guided reading groups with leveled books at appropriate instructional levels
- Engaging lessons to keep readers who are struggling on task while meeting their instructional needs
- How to build a Word Solver’s Tool kit that answers the question “What do they do when they come to a word they can’t read?”
- Focused strategies for increasing fluency and reading rate
- How to teach vocabulary using “kid-friendly definitions” that will help your entire class but especially English learners, students with special needs and readers who are struggling
- Outstanding reading strategies for your core reading program
- Research-based interventions that will support your efforts in Tier 1 and Tier 2 Response to Intervention
- Realistic ideas for reluctant parents and giving parents the tools and motivation they need to join your team efforts to narrow the achievement gap in reading
- Timesaving ideas for training volunteers to help with word work, phonics and comprehension
- Effective steps for teachers, interventionists and principals in using data to match quality reading instruction in the “race to the top”
- Model lessons to provide focus, stamina and interaction with text to boost reading achievement
- How to focus your school’s staff, time and materials to create a unified effort to narrow the achievement gap in reading
- New ways to configure a school-wide intervention block during the school day
- Outstanding, research-based reading strategies that will support all your students’ efforts to improve their reading skills
- Ready-to-use methods for deciding exactly what your students need in small group instruction
- How to incorporate Reciprocal Teaching to build the six crucial comprehension strategies
- How to teach your students ways to analyze questions so they can effectively answer literal and inferential questions in class and on tests
- How to include the most effective teacher prompts to better increase reading achievement in classroom groups and pull-outs
- How to use the Making Words Strategy to differentiate lessons for all your school’s sub groups
- How to work smarter, not harder, while strengthening your entire reading program to narrow the achievement gap in reading
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
My greatest frustration has been watching students struggle with reading day after day … But my greatest joy has come from 17 years of turning that around with the kids I teach: Title I, Ethnically Diverse and English Language Learners. Let’s move past the problems and spend a day focused on the solutions. We can narrow the achievement gap in our classrooms and schools with research-based literacy strategies that differentiate lessons for our students with the greatest need in literacy development.
In my new seminar, I will share proven ideas that make the best use of your precious time and staff resources. I have used them myself as a K-6 classroom teacher, Title I Reading Specialist, Reading Recovery Teacher, and Coordinator of Volunteer and After School Intervention Programs. Everything I share will be practical and easy to implement because I will model how to do them, give you materials that are ready-to-use and show many strategies on classroom videos. This seminar is designed to provide you with practical strategies and activities that are both classroom based and research driven … Who has time for any lessons that aren’t best practices? I want you to have the opportunity to choose the strategies and methods that will work best with YOUR students in YOUR school.
Please join me for an exciting day to reaffirm the powerful teaching you already do with at-risk readers and add strategies, lessons and tools that will make it all fit together. I promise you a fast-paced day with effective ways to help narrow the achievement gap in reading. You will walk away with dozens of useful and adaptable techniques to help all your students find more success in reading. Increased achievement in comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, and phonics is possible. I can’t wait to meet you!
Who Should Attend
Educators serving Grades K-6: Classroom Teachers, Title I Staff, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Staff, English Learner Support Staff, Interventionists, and Administrators.
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook, Practical Strategies for Narrowing the Achievement Gap in Reading (Grades K-6), specifically designed by Judy Lynch for this seminar. The handbook includes:
- Dozens of ready-to-use lessons and ideas for accelerating student learning
- “Nitty-gritty” tips for making and organizing your literacy materials
- Quick assessments to use to identify students’ strengths and target your instruction
- Designs for volunteer and parent training that make a difference
- Professional resources to extend your learning and save precious time
- Step-by-step practical ways to apply the latest research in comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, and phonics
- Choices for whole class and small group literacy instruction to narrow the achievement gap in reading
Meet and Share
This seminar provides a great opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators who want to accelerate the reading achievement of their at-risk students.
Judy Lynch will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own reading program.
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