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Powerful Strategies to Boost The Success of Your Struggling Readers (Grades K-5)

Presented by Mary Howard
Author of Good to Great Teaching: Focusing on the Literacy Work that Matters

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Specifically Designed for Grades K 5 Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Staff, Instructional Assistants, Interventionists, and Administrators

  • Proven instructional and intervention strategies that will elevate rigor while supporting struggling readers in achieving greater success
  • Dozens of practical ideas and suggestions to target the unique learning needs of struggling readers using a wide range of flexible practices
  • A variety of powerful, open-ended comprehension practices you can use with any text, in any setting, across any content area to teach your state standards to your struggling readers
  • Receive an extensive resource handbook to help your struggling readers not just achieve your standards, but exceed them

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Helping struggling readers not just achieve, but exceed more rigorous literacy standards is among the most significant challenges facing educators in schools today. One key challenge that has generated much confusion and concern is how the recommended increase in text complexity will impact text selection and instructional decision-making for struggling learners. This outstanding seminar tackles this challenge, and more, to address the needs of struggling readers based on the current research on best practice. You will learn dozens of highly practical practices to raise instructional rigor without ignoring the unique needs of struggling readers.

Mary Howard will share guidelines to more effectively and flexibly select a wide range of texts for below grade-level readers as you pull from a rich instructional toolbox designed to support all readers, no matter what they bring to the literacy table.

You will leave this seminar with a renewed sense of purpose and an enriched understanding of how to select the most effective texts, tasks and instructional experiences to address varying learning needs of your struggling readers within and beyond your state standards.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Optimize Literacy Instruction for Your Struggling Readers
    Learn dozens of engaging strategies that dramatically increase the quality of instruction to help your struggling readers achieve greater success
  2. Identify Common Myths and Misconceptions of Text Complexity and More in Your State Standards
    Strengthen your literacy design by identifying what your state standards do and do not say and how this impacts instructional decision-making for struggling readers
  3. Effectively Differentiate for the Specific Learning Needs of Your Struggling Readers
    Broaden the learning possibilities for your struggling readers by responsively addressing your state standards’ goals using varied texts and instructional experiences, texts and resources
  4. Understand How to Achieve a Rich Balance of Texts and Resources of Fiction and Nonfiction
    Gain new insight for identifying how and when to select and use varied text types with powerful activities to elevate rigorous standards for your struggling learners
  5. Initiate a Wide range of Dynamic Instructional Learning Experiences
    Understand how to expertly blend whole class, small group, peer-supported, and side-by-side experiences to enrich meaning-making for your struggling readers
  6. Elevate the Quality of Student Dialogue to Achieve More Robust Instruction
    Use peer collaboration to generate thoughtful comprehension conversations using a variety of texts within open-ended instructional learning experiences
  7. Build a Solid Foundation for Literacy Learning with Teacher-Supported Instructional Opportunities
    Establish daily routines that will gradually relinquish responsibility to your struggling readers through a cautious blend of modeling, support and independent application
  8. Increase the Volume of Meaningful Reading for Your Struggling Readers to Achieve Maximum Gains
    Make reading, writing and talking the foundation of learning for struggling readers using a wide range of texts and tasks within meaningful experiences
  9. Use “Close Reading” to Accelerate Progress for Struggling Readers Using Varied Approaches
    Increase your instructional power for struggling readers by using “close reading” that emotionally and academically hooks readers, leaving visible tracks on student thinking as a scaffold for more challenging texts
  10. Create a Literacy Environment Designed to Accommodate the Specific Learning Needs of Struggling Readers
    Understand how to create a thoughtful classroom environment with varied learning options to accommodate the unique learning needs of struggling readers

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Help struggling readers better meet your rigorous ELA standards
  • Understand how to select instructional texts that will easily allow you to blend best practices with your state standards’ goals
  • Use “close reading” as a purposeful tool to accelerate progress for struggling readers by maximizing meaning-making and word knowledge
  • Meet specific learning needs using a gradual release of responsibility model that’s designed to create a seamless system of flexible support options
  • Build strategic knowledge as you promote independent problem solving
  • Critically evaluate your instructional practices to identify more thoughtfully rigorous instruction
  • Use responsive differentiation to meet the needs of struggling readers while addressing your robust state standards
  • Engage struggling readers in more rigorous text experiences using a gradient of text difficulty to highlight the role of comprehension
  • Identify myths and misconceptions of text complexity in your state standards to merge your efforts to increasing rigor and accelerate progress
  • Understand how to maximize the interrelationship between interventions and your state standards to merge your efforts to increase rigor and accelerate progress
  • Generate more interactive anchor charts to leave tracks on student thinking
  • Identify what robust instruction looks like, feels like and sounds like
  • Use flexible grouping to meet the specific needs of struggling readers without ignoring your state standards and address your state standards’ instruction
  • Identify practical ways to increase the effectiveness of informational texts
  • Use formative assessment within meaningful contexts to enhance learning
  • Maximize meaning-making with easy-to-implement instructional rituals
  • Fine-tune your literacy program so it functions at a maximum level all day
  • Learn how to target specific learning needs of struggling readers in minutes through daily “quick take” experiences
  • Use research to guide instructional decision making and text selection
  • Learn how to view an instructional strategy from multiple perspectives to accommodate varied grade levels and curriculum areas
  • Learn how to more effectively and flexibly match readers and texts
  • Increase meaningful literacy engagement for every learning experience
  • Raise your instructional intensity using a wide variety of support options
  • Ensure the success of every student by using a more flexible instructional lens
  • Design intensive interventions to accelerate progress for struggling learners
  • Accelerate learning gains to achieve higher standards by working smarter, rather than harder
  • Implement on-the-spot instructional activities throughout the learning day
  • Alleviate ineffective literacy practices and reaffirm or adjust what you are doing right to achieve the standards’ goals and support your struggling readers
  • Learn how to make every moment count through responsible decision making as you address the unique needs of your struggling learners

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Is achieving literacy standards that are more rigorous with the dramatic shift to comprehension an achievable goal for struggling readers? In my many years of experience working with struggling readers, I can confidently respond with an emphatic YES! But to accomplish this lofty goal we must identify high-quality, engaging instructional approaches and implement them in ways that are specifically designed to meet the unique learning needs of our struggling readers.

In this idea-packed seminar, I will use powerful classroom examples to demonstrate how teachers are successfully achieving the crucial balance of meeting their state reading standards while addressing the learning needs of struggling readers in a wide range of texts and settings. I will share dozens of powerful literacy practices that are designed to raise instructional rigor through responsive differentiation designed to elevate meaning. You will leave this seminar with an enriched toolbox of strategies and a clearer understanding of approaches that will help you achieve the goals of more rigorous literacy instruction while accommodating the unique learning needs of your struggling readers. You will walk away with a renewed spirit of professional commitment and the knowledge that will allow you to enhance the way that you support your struggling learners by maintaining your sights on meaningful reading. YOU are the key ingredient to meet these challenges and make the success of your struggling readers a reality in your classroom. I look forward to opening new doors that will help you better meet the needs of your struggling readers the very next morning.

Mary Howard

P.S. You will receive an extensive reading instruction resource handbook filled with numerous ideas and valuable, practical strategies all aligned with your state standards that you can use immediately to assist you in increasing the reading achievement of your struggling readers.

Who Should Attend

Grades K-5 Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Staff, Instructional Assistants, Interventionists, and Administrators.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an instructional resource handbook to help you immediately implement the strategies you learn from the seminar into your literacy program. The handbook includes:

  • Specific tips, tools and procedures to close the instructional gap while meeting your ELA state standards
  • Flexible, open-ended practices and forms for any text or task across the curriculum
  • Specific, high-impact instructional strategies to provide more intensive learning experiences in order to accelerate progress for struggling readers
  • Tips, tools and ideas to ensure a flexible instructional perspective with a range of opportunities, settings and experiences that are more inclusive of your struggling learners

Meet and Share
This seminar provides a great opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators who are also interested in practical ways to improve reading achievement of struggling readers in grades K-5.

Semester Credit Option
Brandman University Logo Up to four Graduate level professional development credit are available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at this BER program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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