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Grades 1-3: Strategies for Increasing Your Students' Reading Fluency
This course will help you implement a wide variety of fluency-boosting lessons, strategies, and activities for primary-grade students. You’ll see experienced primary teachers working directly with young students, demonstrating ways to improve children’s reading rate, expression, phrasing, and intonation.

Grades 1-3: Using Guided Reading to Strengthen Students' Reading Skills at the Developing Level
Growing literacy learners need a guided reading format that addresses their increasing capability and capacity for reading independence. In this online course two outstanding teachers and guided reading practitioners provide models, explanations, and suggestions for moving students from emergent level reading instruction into guided reading lessons and activities more appropriate to young, developing literacy learners

Grades 1-3: Using Guided Reading to Strengthen Students' Reading Skills at the Fluent Level
As children progress to near-fluent and fluent levels of literacy, they continue to reap great benefits from the structure and support that guided reading provides. In this course, you'll see how young readers are able to strengthen their fluency, comprehension, and higher-level thinking skills over a wide variety of text, both fiction and nonfiction in small, flexible guided reading groups.

Grades 2-3: Boost the Writing Skills of All Your Students with Highly Effective Whole Class Strategies and Routines
This outstanding video-based online course takes you inside the classrooms of two experienced, innovative teachers who use highly effective strategies to improve the performance of 2nd and 3rd grade writers. Guiding students through daily literacy activities strengthens their writing skills, establishes clear expectations for achievement and participation, and creates a positive attitude towards both reading and writing.

Grades 2-3: Strengthening Students' Writing with Focused Mini-Lessons, Innovative Conferencing Techniques and Other Exemplary Strategies
The goal of writing instruction in grades 2 and 3 is to move students beyond “beginning writing” and help them become more self-sufficient, confident and proficient writers. In this On Demand, video-based online course, you’ll see strategies and techniques for enhancing students’ growth as writers within a highly productive, well-managed writing workshop.

Grades 2-5: Comprehension Strategies That Help Your Struggling Students Be More Successful Readers
In this online, video-based course, Linda Hoyt, a recognized expert in the field of reading, demonstrates outstanding comprehension strategies with groups of children, grades 2-5.

Grades 2-6: Vocabulary Strategies that Boost Students' Reading Comprehension
In this on demand, online course you will see a variety of strategies that expand the listening and reading vocabularies of elementary age students.

Grades 3-5: Teaching Students to Comprehend More Deeply
This course demonstrates strategies that are ideally suited to students in grades 3-5. Lessons include how to: use a range of texts to teach students to read for greater understanding, strengthen students' use of author's craft and text structure to increase their comprehension, and enhance students' ability to draw evidence from text and explain it orally and in writing.

Grades 3-6: Enhancing Explicit Comprehension Instruction
This video-based, On Demand Online course demonstrates a research‑based, classroom-proven framework for teaching reading comprehension processes and strategies to students in the intermediate grades.

Grades 3-6: Instructional Strategies for Guided Reading that Enhance Students’ Reading Comprehension
This video-based online course includes demonstrations of six powerful instructional strategies that are ideally suited to guided reading in grades 3-6. These strategies focus students’ attention on key concepts, important details, and underlying themes in text. Some of the strategies can be used by students in their independent reading; some are designed to help teachers enrich students’ encounters with challenging text.

Grades 3-6: Meaningful Independent Literacy Centers and Activities to Keep Students Learning While You Teach Reading Groups
This online course takes viewers inside three schools where intermediate students are actively engaged in a wide variety of independent literacy-building activities as part of a comprehensive approach to literacy instruction. Far from "busy work," meaningful centers and assignments are ideally suited to learners in grades three through six.

Grades 3-6: Practical Strategies that Improve Students’ Reading Comprehension
This video-based, On Demand Online course is a rich resource of comprehension strategies for teachers and students in grades 3-6. The strategies demonstrated and described in the course help intermediate students develop six key comprehension processes: previewing, making connections, self-monitoring, inferring, visualizing, and summarizing.

Grades 3-6: Using Guided Reading to Strengthen Students’ Reading Skills
In this course you will see experienced intermediate grade level teachers working with guided reading groups to increase students' literacy growth and deepen their understanding of text. You'll see how guided reading uniquely combines the critical attributes of small group instruction and one-on-one coaching to move students forward as readers.

Grades 3-6: Using Six-Trait Mini-Lessons to Strengthen Students' Writing
This outstanding course demonstrates a variety of engaging six-trait mini-lessons in intermediate classrooms. The strategies in this program will help you deepen students' understanding of the components of good writing and extend their writing skills.

Grades 6-12: Improving Your Students' Descriptive Writing
In this video-based online course, experienced national presenter and English teacher Mary Ellen Ledbetter demonstrates, with her own middle and high school students, a variety of practical and manageable strategies that help students extend and revise their writing, improve their grammar and writing mechanics, and increase the sophistication and style of their written work.

Grades 6-12: Interactive Vocabulary Strategies That Boost Student Learning and Achievement
Directly teaching vocabulary improves reading comprehension and increases subject area achievement. This course takes you inside classrooms, grades 6-12, where teachers are using highly engaging instructional strategies to help students commit vocabulary to long-term memory and deepen their understanding of course content.

Grades 6-12: Strategies! Strategies! Strategies! Significantly Increase Students' Writing Skills
This online course is organized around video clips of a seminar by experienced English teacher and national presenter Mary Ellen Ledbetter. You'll see Mary Ellen present and demonstrate practical, time-efficient strategies for improving the writing of middle and high school students across a range of genres.

Grades K-2: Best Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension: Making Connections, Summarizing, and Questioning
In this course national trainer Mary Beth Allen and other experienced primary-grade educators use research-based, classroom-proven strategies and activities to strengthen young students' reading comprehension. Teachers explain, model, and actively engage diverse groups of students with questions and prompts during read-aloud, shared reading, and guided reading lessons.

Grades K-2: Best Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension: Predicting and Inferring, Visualizing, and Determining Important Content in Informational Text
In this course national trainer Mary Beth Allen and other experienced primary-grade educators use research-based, classroom-proven strategies and activities to strengthen young students' reading comprehension. Teachers provide explicit instruction on predicting and inferring, visualizing, and determining the important content in informational text during read-aloud, shared reading, and guided reading lessons.

Grades K-2: Early Intervention Strategies for Students Struggling with Reading Accuracy and Fluency
Early intervention focused on foundational reading skills is vital to the development of struggling readers in grades K-2. In this online learning course, teachers demonstrate small-group intervention strategies and techniques for improving reading accuracy and fluency — two key attributes of proficient readers. You will see a wealth of strategies that can easily be implemented in any approach to reading instruction to help students meet grade level reading standards.

Grades K-2: Early Intervention Strategies for Students Struggling with Reading Comprehension
This online learning course focuses on practical, easy-to-implement intervention strategies for strengthening children's understanding of what they are reading – all in the highly supportive context of small group instruction. Filmed in primary grade classrooms, students will see teachers demonstrate strategies ideal for increasing the comprehension of struggling readers in any approach to reading instruction.

Grades K-2: Guided Reading: DIFFERENTIATING Using Small Group Instruction
This online course features literacy coach and national reading expert, Judy Lynch as she shares strategies to differentiate guiding reading during small group instruction.

Grades K-2: Using a Six-Trait Model to Extend Students Writing
In this course you'll observe children in grades K-2 classrooms in the spring of the year as teachers support and scaffold their writing development using the six traits of effective writing. These young authors began writing on the very first day of school and have been participating every day in writing workshop and six trait writing activities and lessons.

Grades K-2: Using a Six-Trait Model to Launch Students as Writers
In this course you'll see teachers guiding primary-grade students' writing (and drawing) at the very beginning of the school year. The instructional focus is on three foundational writing traits: ideas, organization and conventions

Grades K-2: Word Work Strategies that Strengthen Students' Reading Development
Word work is a vital component of a primary literacy program. Focusing children’s attention on words and word parts helps young students develop strategies that strengthen their reading development. In this On Demand, video-based online course, you'll see how to introduce, demonstrate and practice simple key word solving strategies that are highly effective at moving young children from understanding concepts about words to becoming independent readers who use word solving strategies as tools.

Grades K-3: Maximizing the Benefits of Literacy Centers: Meaningful Activities that Boost Reading and Writing
In this course, you will see a wealth of activities and ideas "in action" within K-3 classrooms. Literacy center expert Linda Holliman explains and demonstrates practical ways to manage center work and greatly increase the value of students' independent literacy time.

Grades K-3: Using Guided Reading to Strengthen Students' Reading Skills at the Emergent Level
In this Online Course you will see an experienced primary teacher demonstrate how guided reading lessons help emergent-level readers unlock the meaning of text. You'll see students engage with print, increase their sight vocabularies and phonics skills, and gain fluency.

Grades K-3: Using Literacy Centers to Strengthen Your Reading and Writing Program
This on demand, video-based course takes you inside primary classrooms where teachers are using literacy centers to reinforce reading and writing skills and concepts.

Grades K-5: Helping Your Struggling Readers Become More Successful Readers: Targeted Interventions that Work!
This online course features reading specialist and national presenter Kristen Large as she shares targeted intervention strategies to help struggling readers. The course includes the following topics: assessing students, early literacy, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency.

Grades K-5: Maximizing the Active Participation and Language Learning of ELL Students Using Read Aloud, Shared Reading and Word Work
This high-energy course demonstrates how to enhance the language and literacy growth of English language learners within whole group lessons and activities. Teachers demonstrate how to increase the participation of second language learners and infuse whole class literacy lessons with visual, tactile and kinesthetic strategies that engage all students.

Grades K-6: Response to Intervention: Strengthen Your Tier 1 Reading Instruction and Intervention
Response to Intervention is a powerful framework for providing the types of instruction and intervention all students need to become competent readers. This online course focuses on practical ways to enhance the learning of struggling readers within Tier One classroom reading programs.

Grades K-6: Response to Intervention: Strengthening Your Tier 2 Interventions with Struggling Readers
RTI Tier 2 interventions supplement core classroom reading instruction and accelerate the learning progress of struggling readers. This course demonstrates how three different schools have organized Tier 2 intervention cycles to meet student needs, capitalize on the strengths of their instructional staffs, and make best use of available resources.

Grades Pre-K and Kindergarten: Increase All Your Students' Learning with Practical, Timesaving Work Stations
This on demand, online course is organized around video clips of a seminar by experienced teacher, national trainer and author Carolyn McMahon. You'll learn how to incorporate interactive, hands-on and minds-on lessons, practical work stations and a variety of resources in literacy and math designed to enhance the learning of young children in PreK and Kindergarten.