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Moving Your Small Group Reading Instruction Beyond Guided Reading: Maximizing Every Student's Reading Success (Grades 3-6)

Presented by Julie Wright
Author of What Are You Grouping For? How to Guide Small Groups Based on Readers – Not the Book (Corwin)

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Specifically Designed for Grades 3-6: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, and Administrators

  • Innovative strategies to moving your small group reading instruction beyond guided reading to better meet the needs of readers in grades 3-6
  • Efficient, effective and equitable strategies to maximize every student's reading success whether you're working in-person or online
  • Dozens of practical ideas to launch and sustain a variety small group learning experiences that you can use immediately
  • Proven practices and protocols for hosting small groups in ways that increase student engagement and independence

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Intermediate grade readers don't need to be guided as much as they need to be engaged. In this outstanding NEW seminar, experienced teacher, literacy coach and author, Julie Wright will share a multitude of highly practical solutions for doing just that using small groups that will take your reading instruction beyond guided reading with students in grades 3-6. Julie will share practical tools, classroom examples and actionable steps essential for more effectively starting, sustaining and mastering the management of small groups with intermediate level readers.

You'll learn the five teacher moves that work together to more effectively support intermediate grade students' reading independence through small group learning – kidwatching, pivoting, assessing, curating, and planning. Throughout the seminar, Julie will provide numerous examples to guide you and your students toward greater success. Julie will empower you with essential tools to ensure that your readers are doing the reading, thinking, and doing – not you. From must-have beginning-of-the-year strategies to step-by-step advice for implementation, Julie will break down the processes that support small groups to help create more effective reading instruction with students in grades 3-6.

You will leave the seminar having a clearer understanding of how to initiate and sustain a diverse variety of flexible, responsive small groups to maximize your intermediate grade students' reading success. You'll have an abundance of ideas that can be implemented immediately in both digital/remote and face-to-face settings.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Learn Practical Strategies for Moving Your Small Group Reading Instruction Beyond Guided Reading, In-Person and Online
    Learn an expanded range of small group options for more effectively targeting the diverse instructional needs and interests of readers in grades 3-6
  2. Combat the Challenges of Small Group Reading
    Learn highly effective ways to address the challenges of launching and sustaining small group reading
  3. Expand Your Range of Options for Small Group Learning
    Explore different options to launch small group learning that can be used anytime throughout the school year
  4. Redesign Your Learning Environment to Prioritize Small Group Meeting Spaces, In-Person and Online
    Think creatively about the spaces you have available, whether digital or face-to-face, and design them to maximize small group learning opportunities
  5. Utilize Authentic, On-the-Spot Data for Making Grouping Decisions
    Refine your kidwatching skills through note taking templates and student surveys in order to create small group learning experiences
  6. Accelerate Progress for Striving Readers
    Adjust the structure of your small group reading lessons to better target specific learning needs and intensify learning for students who need some extra support
  7. Learn How and When to Pivot and Switch Up Groups Regularly
    Learn how to pivot, or change up groups regularly, to better meet students' individual and collective needs and interests
  8. Implement Teacher-Led and Student-Led Small Groups
    Explore ways to increase the frequency and duration of small group learning experiences by creating teacher-led and student-led small groups
  9. Uncover and Curate Texts that Students in Grades 3-6 Want to Read
    Expand your knowledge of short and long texts that stoke students' curiosities, inquiries, passions, and interests
  10. Receive a Reading Instruction Digital Resource Handbook
    You'll leave this seminar with new knowledge and a digital resource handbook packed with valuable tips, tools, strategies, and protocols with ready-to-use examples of small group learning opportunities that can be put into action immediately, whether you are teaching in-person or online

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Practical ways to move beyond guided reading to better address the instructional needs and interests of readers in grades 3-6
  • Proven strategies to positively impact your reading instruction in-person, online and in hybrid learning environments
  • 20+ different small group types to launch small group learning that can be used anytime throughout the school year
  • Small group schedules that can be used to jumpstart and sustain flexible and responsive small groups
  • How to redesign the spaces you have available, whether digital or face-to-face, to maximize small group learning opportunities
  • Time-efficient ways to gather on-the-spot data for making grouping decisions
  • How to pivot, or change up small groups regularly, to meet students' individual and collective wants and needs
  • Ways to increase the frequency and duration of small group learning experiences by creating teacher-led and student-led small groups
  • Short and long texts that stoke students' curiosities, inquiries, passions, and interests that can be used with small groups regularly
  • New tips, tools and templates to increase small group learning experiences that are responsive to students' wants and needs
  • Time-efficient, effective, equitable strategies to maximize every student's reading success
  • Innovative rituals and routines for increasing small group learning experiences across remote/digital and face-to-face settings

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Do you want to combat the challenges of small groups and focus on ways to launch and sustain flexible, small groups that result in greater success with readers in grades 3-6? Do you want to learn how to make grouping decisions and learn to pivot, or switch up groups regularly so that you are more responsive to students' needs? And, are you ready to explore reflection rituals and routines that will nudge you to look back in order to plan forward with a focus on student success? If so, I invite you to join me for this dynamic day of learning that is packed with tips, tools and practical ideas and strategies that you can implement immediately following this seminar.

I will share efficient, effective and equitable strategies to maximize every student's reading success. We will focus on launching and sustaining small group learning experiences that go beyond guided reading needs to better position ourselves to create more responsive, engaging small group learning experiences.

Hosting small, flexible groups requires us to be brave and step out of our comfort zone because it debunks everything we've learned about staying within the "levels" and organizing teacher-led groups. Instead, it's about prioritizing using short and long texts that will ignite students' interests and curiosities and often giving students opportunities to lead their own small group learning. Together we will look beyond the reading level of a book and find other important reasons for creating small group learning opportunities to help students hit their reading stride.

Whether your reading instruction is in-person, online or in a hybrid learning environment, you'll leave with numerous strategies and ideas you can use right away to strengthen reading instruction for grades 3-6.

Sincerely,
Julie Wright

P.S. You will receive a digital resource handbook filled with valuable tips, tools, strategies, and protocols with ready-to-use examples of small group learning opportunities that are applicable in both remote/digital and face-to-face settings and can be put into action immediately.

Who Should Attend

Grades 3-6: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, and Administrators

About BER Live Online Events

With the current health challenges, all BER in-person PD events are currently being presented in a Live Online format:

  • Outstanding Instructors
    All programs are led by outstanding BER national trainers
  • Extensive Resource Handbooks
    You'll have access to an extensive digital Resource Handbook before, during and after your seminar
  • Highly Interactive
    You'll be able to ask questions in real time and interact with the instructor and other participants
  • Program Guarantee
    As we have for 43 years, we guarantee the high quality of our programs. If you are not satisfied, we'll give you a 100% refund.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Reading Digital Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive reading digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies before, during and after the seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Tips, tools, strategies, and protocols for creating flexible and responsive small groups that will maximize student growth in-person and online
  • Dozens of practical ideas that can be adopted or adapted to meet your small group learning goals
  • Numerous grouping ideas, along with sample schedules, that will positively impact your small groups
  • Templates and tools to elevate your planning routines to increase small group learning experiences that are responsive to students' wants and needs
  • Ready-to-use ideas for increasing small group learning experiences across remote/digital and face-to-face settings

Share Ideas with Other Educators
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to share ideas with other educators interested in strengthening their reading program in grades 3-6.

Consultation Available
Julie Wright will be available to answer your specific questions and the unique needs of your own program.

Semester Credit Option
Brandman University 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 Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at this BER program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
Participants of both the Live Online Seminar and those completing the Recorded Version online can receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify five continuing education hours. State CEUs are available for both versions of the course. For specific details, visit www.ber.org/ceus.

   
 
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