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Maximize the Power of GUIDED READING To Help All Students Attain Dramatic Achievement Gains (Grades 1-5)

Presented by Mary Howard
Author of Good to Great Teaching: Focusing on the Literacy Works That Matters (Heinemann)

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Specifically Designed for Grades 1-5: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, and Administrators

  • Proven practices to dramatically enhance your guided reading instruction
  • Innovative strategies that will elevate the effectiveness of guided reading and other small group experiences to better enable your students to achieve maximum instructional gain
  • Dozens of practical ideas to target specific instructional needs within and beyond guided reading and other small group options using varied texts and settings

Practical Ideas and Strategies

How can we combine guided reading with other small group options to include leveled and more complex texts? How can we create more powerful small group structures that are flexible enough to allow us to move seamlessly from acceleration to enrichment, depending on the specific needs of each group? How can we blend our whole class and small group experiences to raise student growth in reading and differentiate literacy instruction to target specific learning needs? These questions, and more, will be answered in this strategy-rich seminar presented by Dr. Mary Howard, nationally recognized expert on effective literacy instruction.

Mary will share practical approaches designed to maximize the effectiveness of guided reading and other small group formats that will elevate whole class instruction and accommodate targeted support to meet individual learning needs.

You will leave with a renewed sense of purpose and a treasure chest of easy-to-implement strategies, ideas and procedures to maximize the effectiveness of guided reading and other small group formats designed to intensify learning to achieve maximum benefit of these experiences. If you are committed to providing high-quality literacy opportunities for every student, every day, you won’t want to miss this seminar!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Dramatically Enhance Guided Reading to Help All Students Reach the Highest Possible Levels of Success
    Elevate and intensify the benefits of your guided reading groups in ways that will help your students achieve dramatic growth as proficient readers
  2. Strengthen Your Small Group Design by Using Varied Learning Options
    Move beyond guided reading by including other small group alternatives to strengthen and accelerate your students’ reading progress and promote transfer
  3. Create a Dynamic Instructional Framework to Support Differentiation and Targeted Support
    Implement more flexible learning opportunities by expertly blending whole class, small group, peer-supported, and side-by-side learning
  4. Identify the Myths and Common Pitfalls of Guided Reading
    Optimize your reading instruction by understanding what will and will not help students to achieve accelerated growth
  5. Make Powerful Adjustments Designed to Ensure More Robust Guided Reading to Promote Increasing Student Independence
    Adopt a perspective of positive differentiation to increase student success in achieving your goals through more engaging learning experiences that will increase engagement for learners within and beyond small groups
  6. Use Guided Reading and Other Small Group Settings to Explicitly Teach and Reinforce Specific Instructional Needs
    More effectively promote skills and strategies within meaningful contexts to help students assume increasing independence as you gradually fade support
  7. Learn How to Design More Purposeful and Productive Small Group Extension Experiences After Reading
    Enrich small group experiences by initiating authentic reading opportunities that reinforce and extend learning in ways that will increase the potential for transfer … Here’s how
  8. Intensify Guided Reading Experiences in Order to Accelerate Progress for Struggling Readers
    Learn how to adjust the structure of guided reading experiences to target specific learning needs and intensify learning for students still lagging behind
  9. Redesign Your Classroom Environment to Elevate Student Progress
    Use simple modifications to create an instructional environment that will accommodate unique student learning needs
  10. Receive an Extensive Reading Instruction Digital Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook packed with valuable strategies and techniques designed to help you make more effective use of guided reading and other small group formats … All strategies are highly practical and ready for use with your students

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Strengthen your literacy framework within a more balanced instructional design where guided reading works in combination with those components
  • Fine-tune your current reading program to function at the highest level using varied approaches that will accommodate the learning needs of all students
  • Raise the instructional quality of learning opportunities across the curriculum using a broad range of flexible learning options to support and extend your guided reading groups
  • Build strategic knowledge using explicit modeling, thoughtful prompting and timely feedback
  • Identify the essential components of a high-quality guided reading learning experience
  • Elevate your guided reading lesson design by recognizing the most effective instructional moves before, during and after reading
  • Implement a step-by-step small group lesson cycle to target specific learning needs with on-the-spot decision making
  • Establish specific criteria to more effectively form, organize, schedule, and adjust your small groups
  • Simple, easy-to-implement suggestions to maintain the flexible nature of small group learning
  • Use guided reading as an instructional springboard to embrace unique learning needs within a wide range of small group alternatives
  • Initiate informational texts in ways that will elevate your instructional efforts within and beyond small groups

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Guided reading and other effective small group formats are rich components of a high-quality, balanced reading program. The opportunities they offer clearly support our efforts to achieve maximum instructional gain as we address the unique learning needs of each child. It is my goal in this seminar to demonstrate simple adaptations that will make guided reading and varied small group formats function at the highest possible level so that you can differentiate for the varied learning needs represented in the classrooms of today.

Are you uncertain about the role of small group instruction designed to maximize student success? Do you want to know what high-quality small group instruction should look like, feel like and sound like? Are you seeking a sense of direction that will more closely align your small group experiences with the demands of more rigorous instruction? Do you want to initiate small group experiences that will accommodate robust instruction and differentiation, but you’re not certain where to begin? I have designed this dynamic day to address each of these questions, and more, with practical tips and a wealth of strategies and practices to broaden the role of your small group experiences using a flexible framework of instructional opportunities.

We can and should make our reading instruction, both within and beyond small groups, more robust as we keep the individual learning needs of students in mind. I will help you explore the most effective path for small group experiences designed to ensure success. You will understand how to combine whole class and small group experiences as you learn the secrets for designing highly effective small groups with lesson structures that are the best expenditure of classroom time.

I look forward to spending the day exploring how to maximize the instructional potential of your small group by dramatically increasing the effectiveness of those groups. You will learn to create a more flexible instructional framework designed to meet the varied learning needs of your students in small group settings. New understandings about guided reading have afforded us an opportunity to elevate how we look at literacy in the future if we are willing to heed the call!

I look forward to meeting you at the seminar!

Mary Howard

P.S. You will receive an extensive reading instruction digital resource handbook filled with numerous ideas and valuable, practical strategies for making more effective use of guided reading and other small group options to help all of your students achieve dramatic gains in reading.

Who Should Attend

Educators serving grades 1-5: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Educators serving grades 1-5: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, and Administrators

  • Tips, tools, strategies, and procedures for creating instructional experiences that will maximize the instructional power of your small groups
  • Dozens of open-ended forms and practices that can be easily adapted to any text or learning goal across the curriculum
  • Specific high-impact instructional strategies to intensify small group experiences in order to close the gap for struggling readers
  • Practical suggestions to design small group activities that are flexible, dynamic and powerful
For in-person seminars, registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the BER office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

Share Ideas with Other Educators
This seminar provides a great opportunity for participants to share ideas with other educators who are also interested in maximizing guided reading and other small group formats to help their students achieve dramatic gains in reading.

Consultation Available
Mary Howard will be available for consultation regarding your questions about the unique needs of your own reading program.

Semester Credit Option
UMASS Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate, will be available at this 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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