“In all my 35 years of teaching, Literacy How has been the most engaging professional development in the essential components of comprehensive literacy and has consistently offered embedded mentor support in teachers’ classrooms.”
—Catherine Pomeroy, Reading Consultant, Bradley Elementary School, Derby, CT School
Our experienced Mentors deliver evidence-based content targeted primarily for K-3 general education and special education teachers. Literacy How’s Professional Development series is designed to cover every component of comprehensive literacy instruction depicted in our Reading Wheel. Schools and districts can also arrange for follow-up embedded coaching sessions.
Click here to register for Comprehensive Literacy PD series.
Participants can register for any or all of the 10 sessions.
Oral Language at the Core, Part 1: Elements of Speaking and Listening
Speaking and listening skills are the foundation of literacy. Learn about oral language development and its relationship to word recognition skills.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Energize CT Center, North Haven, CT
“One of my ‘AHA’ moments includes using formal frames during oral language rehearsal. Having students orally rehearse throughout the year has improved their sharing and writing.”
—Jen Germe, Grade 3 teacher, Meriden, CT
Phonemic Awareness: What It Is and How to Teach It
Learn why phonemic awareness is a necessary prerequisite for learning to read. Understand the developmental sequence of phonological awareness, become comfortable producing the sounds of English, practice segmenting and blending words to five sounds. Learn how to engage children in key instructional strategies and activities that teach this critical skill to mastery.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Energize CT Center, North Haven, CT
“One of my PD ‘AHA!’ moments is that ‘phoneme awareness and phonics are the building blocks of reading. A student’s ability to segment and blend phonemes is a predictor of future reading success’.”
—Jacyln Cincotta, Anne E. Fowler Fellow, Fairfield University
Know the Code: Explicit, Systematic, Differentiated Phonics Instruction
Gain a basic understanding of the history and origins of English and learn about the research supporting phonics and phonemic awareness instruction. Become familiar with tools for phonemic awareness and phonics, including words sorts, phoneme/grapheme mapping, syllable types, and the purpose and power of decodable text. Learn songs, games, and activities to engage students in word study for differentiated small group instruction.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Energize CT Center, North Haven, CT
“I had so much success using the syllable house and explicitly teaching my students the six syllable types. The students loved being challenged and were so excited to see their reading progress.”
—Julie Kamp, Grade 2 and 3 Special Education Teacher, Meriden, CT
Vocabulary encompasses several critical dimensions in the area of literacy including word relationships, multiple meaning words, and morphological elements. Learn about the essential components of robust vocabulary instruction and its relationship to reading comprehension. Find out how to select, extend, and maintain words in order to tackle the “30 million word gap.”
Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Energize CT Center, North Haven, CT
“One of my PD ‘AHA!’ moments is to use ‘kid-friendly definitions of words’ when teaching vocabulary.”
—Heather Riera, Grade 2-4 teacher, Winchester, CT
Learn the rationale behind instruction in the study of Latin roots and Greek combining forms to build students’ vocabulary and improve their spelling.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Energize CT Center, North Haven, CT
“Teaching morphemes enhances both vocabulary and understanding of multi-syllabic words at one time. (More bang for your buck!)”
—Deborah Zaleha, K-5 Reading Specialist, Derby, CT
Comprehension Begins with the Sentence: Scintillating Syntax Instruction
Many children with comprehension problems don’t understand language at the sentence level. Learn how to improve students’ reading comprehension as well as their speaking and writing skills.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Energize CT Center, North Haven, CT
Oral Language at the Core, Part 2: Elements of Speaking and Listening
This session will expand on Part 1 with a focus on the relationship between language comprehension and reading comprehension.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Energize CT Center, North Haven, CT
Reading Comprehension: Understanding Narrative Text
How do the elements of story structure relate to the Common Core State Standards? Learn about the relationship between macrostructure and microstructure, the two levels of narrative structure. Practice analyzing literature to identify key story grammar elements. Learn effective classroom instructional practices designed to promote comprehension of narratives.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Energize CT Center, North Haven, CT
“The ‘I Spy’ activity for elaborated noun phrases worked out great. It really got students thinking, talking, then writing!”
—Tricia Marini, Grade 2-3 teacher, Derby, CT.
Reading Comprehension: Understanding Expository Text
The Common Core State Standards emphasize the importance of expository/informational texts. Understand expository text structures and the importance of syntactic structures in text comprehension. Gain an awareness of the types of comprehension problems your students may be having related to text and sentence structure. Understand the literate language requirements of expository text. Learn methods and activities that will support students in their comprehension of expository text.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Energize CT Center, North Haven, CT
Writing is Not a Separate Subject: Explicit Writing Instruction and the Writing Process
Learn how to integrate systematic and explicit writing instruction into your curriculum using your existing writing program. Understand the research on processing and writing, and find out how to recognize students’ developmental stages of writing and the strategies and interventions that support writing at the sentence and discourse levels. Examine the connection between students’ oral language skills and their written language. Identify and recognize the various skills that are necessary for proficient writing.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Literacy How, North Haven, CT
Snow/makeup date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Literacy How, North Haven, CT
$165/person/session (includes all materials).
For school teams of three or more at same session, $150/person/session (includes all materials).
Super Savings: $1500/person for 10-session series (includes all materials).
The Energize CT Center is conveniently located at 122 Universal Dr N, North Haven, CT 06473.
Participants can purchase lunch from any of the many area restaurants or bring their own.
Register today! Seating is limited.
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