The Path to Comprehension: The Connection Between Vocabulary and Background Knowledge
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Background knowledge and vocabulary are essential components of good comprehension instruction. With some knowledge of a topic, students are set for comprehension success.
Join us for this applicable and instructive presentation as third-grade teacher Hannah Irion-Frake shares research-based strategies, activities, and personal experience from her own classroom to illustrate ways to include background knowledge and vocabulary in classroom instruction.
Attendees will learn:
- Research that supports the connection of vocabulary and background knowledge to comprehension
- Classroom strategies and activities to help your students build background knowledge
- Classroom routines and best practices for vocabulary instruction
MTSS Myth Busting: The Truth About Tier 1
Thursday, January 11, 2024 | 4 p.m. (CT)
Join us for this enlightening presentation featuring our literacy expert who will do some myth busting about Tier 1 instruction. Learn the truth (and the research behind it) as we explore important facts related to Tier 1.
Do you know if these statements are myths or facts?
- Tier 1 instruction should be done only in a whole group format
- Classroom teachers are the only staff who can deliver Tier 1 instruction
- Students who score at benchmark on screening should receive Tier 1 instruction
- Students should come out of Tier 1 to get their Tier 2 intervention
- Eighty percent of students should reach benchmark goals with Tier 1 instruction only, no intervention
This session will shed light on common myths and provide actionable alternatives to common MTSS implementation mistakes and misunderstandings. By framing Tier 1 instruction as risk reduction, participants will learn how to improve reading outcomes for all students.
Dr. Stephanie Stollar will share:
- Definitions of each tier of instruction in the MTSS model
- Characteristics of effective Tier 1 instruction
- Strategies for aligning Tier 1 instruction to universal screening data
- Alternatives to common myths about Tier 1 instruction
We hope you will join us for this applicable presentation!
Center Writing in Your Literacy Instruction to Move ALL Students Forward
Released: October 18, 2023
Join us for this enlightening presentation exploring the most recent research about effective writing instruction—and what that means for literacy learning. Presenter Dr. Leslie Laud has led multimillion dollar federal research grants designed to find the lightest lift and highest yield approaches for raising not just writing outcomes but overall ELA proficiency.
Dr. Laud will share how prioritizing writing offers the greatest promise in improving the writing and reading skills of our students who struggle the most. She will explain recent findings while illustrating how educators can give writing additional attention in everyday lessons, drawing examples from districts that saw significant gains after using the approaches she will share.
Dr. Laud will discuss:
- High-impact strategies with the strongest evidence of effectiveness
- Tips for how to strengthen the impact of curricular materials you may already have in place
- Encouraging stories of success
- Ways to align writing instruction horizontally and vertically
- Methods that can be applied immediately
Key Ingredients of Social-Communication and Executive-Function Skills for Young Learners
Released: September 20, 2023
How we communicate and interact with those around us depends on interconnected skills across the learning domains. Social-communication skills require executive function and oral language, which supports cognitive development and impacts social-emotional skills, and the acquisition of these skills in early childhood is critical.
How are the social interactions of the young students in your care? Early childhood providers have an important opportunity and responsibility to help young children develop these lifelong social-communication skills. This webinar will describe foundational skills needed to interact with those around us and share everyday routines and activities to help facilitate young children’s interaction skills leading to better learning opportunities.
Attendees will learn:
- What the foundational social-communication skills and executive-function skills are and how they impact learning
- Ways to enhance and model social-communication and executive-function skills
- Strategies early childhood providers can use and apply with young learners
We hope you’ll join us!
Top 5 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Literacy Instruction
Released: August 9, 2023
How can you help students improve their ability to understand complex text and their writing skills? Probably not in the ways you’ve been led to believe work best. The standard approach to reading comprehension has students practice skills and strategies like “making inferences” about texts on a random variety of topics. And writing is generally relegated to a separate block, with students writing about topics unrelated to the core curriculum. But evidence indicates what really boosts students’ literacy is to connect reading and writing. Plus, comprehension and writing instruction should be grounded in rich content. And all aspects of literacy need to connect—not just reading and writing, but also listening and speaking.
In this webinar, participants will learn:
- Why it’s important to read aloud to the whole class from a series of complex texts, staying on the same topic for at least two to three weeks—and how to find resources for those “text sets”
- How to ask questions that put content in the foreground rather than skills and strategies
- Why it’s crucial to organize classroom libraries by topic as well as reading level
- Why spending a lot of time on meaty social studies and science topics is the best way to boost reading comprehension
- How students’ comprehension improves when they write about what they’re learning and get explicit instruction in constructing sentences, paragraphs, and essays
Sound Walls in Your Classroom: The Pathway to Reading Fluency
Released: June 6, 2023
How do sound walls support the science of reading? Do you know how to best use a sound wall to get your students reading successfully? How can you improve the sound wall you’re already using?
Find the answers to these questions and more when you join us for this useful presentation. Literacy and sound wall expert Dr. Mary Dahlgren will help you build a thorough understanding of how to use a sound wall, implementation tips, and more—everything you need to know and why. This is one more step in understanding the speech-to-print connection to improve outcomes for increased reading skills.
Dr. Dahlgren, founder of Tools 4 Reading, (the original authority on sound wall resources), will share the research that validates reading is a process that requires knowing the sounds and print, and she will illustrate how a sound wall is a pathway to make sense of how print represents those sounds.
She will also share:
- The need and purpose of having a sound wall in the classroom
- How to introduce and teach all 44 phonemes
- How to integrate a sound wall into your daily phonological awareness and phonics instruction
- How and when to add print to a sound wall
Planning Authentic Literacy: Become a Pro at Classroom Engagement
Released: May 3, 2023
For teachers and administrators who contemplate how to make literacy learning more engaging—where the entire classroom is participating and learning with joy—look no further than this inspiring and instructive webinar.
Hosted by Trevor Muir, a teacher and international speaker, this presentation will show you how to tie literacy and a love of reading into authentic and engaging learning experiences. Muir, author of The Epic Classroom and a guest speaker and consultant to schools across the country, will explore strategies and practices to help students grow as readers and critical thinkers while completing purposeful tasks. Muir will share how to plan literacy activities during projects, ways to weave literacy learning into everything you do in the classroom, and strategies for teaching reading and writing in engaging and authentic ways.
- Discover new strategies to increase a love of reading in their students
- Get new ideas to boost student engagement
- Learn how to choose authentic supportive texts for learning units
We hope you’ll join us!
Phonemic Awareness and Letter/Sound Associations: Practices for Teachers
Phonemic awareness is an essential early literacy skill that underpins a child’s ability to read and spell and yet research demonstrates that without direct, explicit instruction in phonemic awareness, this skill eludes many students (Adams, 1990).
Join us for this instructional presentation exploring the research supporting phonological and phonemic awareness and the theoretical frameworks that underpin it.
With an emphasis on how to teach phonemic awareness and letter/sound associations with effective Structured Literacy practices, this webinar will share strategies, resources, tips, and encouragement to literacy educators. Our expert will also share assessments to inform instruction and intervention, as well as comprehensive literacy resources to transfer knowledge to practice.
Participants will be able to:
- Define phonological and phonemic awareness
- Define decoding and encoding
- Transfer knowledge to practice using instructional routines
Bringing the Science of Reading to Light Using MTSS: One School's Story
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) offers the framework for implementing the science of reading. Improving reading outcomes for all students requires building leaders who create the right conditions for learning, including designing systems for data-based decision-making, assessment, scheduling, and grouping.
We hope you’ll join this interesting presentation when our experts share how and why reading outcomes improved in a high-needs elementary school through the alignment of instructional systems and student data. There is so much to be learned from this school’s success, and these presenters will walk you through the details.
Attendees will learn:
- About the MTSS framework and implementing the science of reading
- How to use assessment data for systems change and student improvement
- The role of building leaders in creating the systems, structures, and processes for designing MTSS to improve reading outcomes for all students
- The challenges and successes of the school’s principal as she helped transform reading for elementary students
The Human Heart Characteristics of Teachers
When we look at the profession of teaching, three bodies of knowledge are necessary:
- Knowledge of the content to be taught
- Knowledge of effective instructional practices
- Knowledge of how students learn
But underlying these essential bodies of knowledge are the characteristics of teachers we must celebrate on this Valentine’s Day. What makes a great teacher? What sets some apart from others? Who lives on in the memories of their students?
In this webinar, Dr. Anita Archer will explore the characteristics as she reflects on the teachers she has known during the past 56 years of her career. Dr. Archer will share stories of the “greats” and their heart characteristics: passion,
intention, order, tenacity, compassion, and JOY. We’ll also discuss the recent teacher exodus and what teachers need to stay committed to the classroom.
Please join us to celebrate the human hearts of teachers.
Transforming Reader Identity: Positive Approaches to Literacy for Older Readers
Older readers often have a fixed sense of what reading means (as seen in the work of researcher and author Dr. Peter Johnston), how often reading occurs in their daily lives, and if they like reading at all. As educators, we sometimes have a lot to work against in terms of family dynamics, negative feelings of self as reader, and the sense that “it’s too late.” Even adults who share their stories of striving in reading sometimes carry a sense of negativity about these emotions and experiences. Our goal is to curb that.
This insightful presentation will help teachers and administrators understand it’s never too late, and there are applicable strategies that can address reframing, motivation, and helping all readers see themselves as more than their challenges. Research proves that early intervention is key, and there are concrete ways to help middle and high school students make gains and improve literacy and confidence.
In this presentation, our expert will share:
- How to develop a framework for success
- Ways to take what is known and tackle what is unknown
- New ways to frame literacy
- Why educators must consider both assets and needs students bring with spoken language, social and cultural awareness, writing and composing, and real-life uses for the content we teach
- Why specific, systematic instruction is needed, going from part to whole
- How instructors can refresh skills for older readers as needed and pay attention to the areas of most significant and critical need by taking what students are already familiar with and adding to it (especially important for working with English Learners)
Math Standards, Research, and the Making of a Curriculum: Evidence-Based Practices from the IES Guide
It has always been a game of catch up. New math standards often appear before there’s enough research to support them. Fortunately, we are a decade out from the last major changes to standards at the state and national levels. Research is catching up, particularly at the elementary and middle school levels.
This presentation will describe findings from a recent federal research synthesis that gives specific guidance for students who struggle in the elementary grades. These findings also have implications for middle school students. Finally, the presentation will provide examples of how standards and research have been embedded in a middle school intervention curriculum.
Participants will learn:
- Why there is an understandable gap between standards and supporting research
- Key recommendations supported by high-quality research for math interventions and elementary and middle school
- What these recommendations look like in an intervention curriculum
We hope you’ll join us!
Reading Fluency: The Key for Comprehension
We all know that fluent reading is an important goal for our students to achieve but how do we develop fluency and how do we help those who struggle?
Join us for this informative session with respected author and researcher Dr. Jan Hasbrouck, who will share an updated and functional definition of reading fluency. The presentation will also include research-supported fluency instruction strategies that you can apply to your own classroom teaching, the updated compiled ORF norms (Hasbrouck & Tindal, 1992; 2006; 2017) will be shared.
You’ll enjoy Hasbrouck’s motivating style as she provides an opportunity for attendees to reflect on how fluency supports reading comprehension and how it should fit into a comprehensive and effective reading program for all students.
- Learn the most accurate definition of the complex skill of reading fluency
- Gain an understanding of the current research
- Receive practical guidance for assessing and developing students’ fluency
- Learn new, specific skill-development activities
Building a Reading-Writing Connection in the Classroom
Interested in improving your literacy teaching and discovering creative new ways to get students excited about writing? Join teacher and science of reading advocate Hannah Irion-Frake for this applicable webinar! Our presenter will explore the reading-writing
connection and will share ways you can appropriately increase the amount of writing students do in your classroom. The presentation will span the strands of Scarborough’s Reading Rope and will include strategies for writing related to both word
recognition and language comprehension.
We hope you’ll join us as Irion-Frake illustrates how writing can strengthen reading instruction. You’ll learn:
- How opportunities for writing can strengthen students’ reading development
- Classroom-friendly strategies to increase opportunities for students to write
- Science of reading best practices for classroom implementation
Accurate Math Assessment: Informing Systemwide Support
As schools across the country implement a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework, an integration of data and instruction is necessary to support all students and ensure success. Specific to math, a schoolwide or districtwide system should include
various components, such as different types of assessment for different purposes, multiple levels or tiers of support, and available resources. Accurate assessment data is necessary to examine the effectiveness of instruction at each tier of support.
This informative presentation will describe how to utilize math assessment data within a data-based, decision-making framework to evaluate instruction from a systems-level perspective.
Attendees will learn:
- Why it’s important to conduct systems-level problem solving
- How assessment fits into the MTSS framework
- Ways to use math screening data to evaluate their system of support in math
We hope you’ll join us!
The Power of Prevention: The Critical Need for Assessment
Reading failure can be prevented in almost every learner.
In this webinar, Dr. Ruth Kaminski, co-author of Acadience Reading K-6 (formerly known as DIBELS) will discuss what we know about the prevention of reading failure. She will share practical advice about methods to prevent reading failure, all of which
are grounded in the science of reading, with an emphasis on the role of assessment.
As a result of participation in this webinar, attendees will:
- Become familiar with a prevention-oriented model of reading disability
- Learn practical strategies for preventing reading disabilities
- Understand the critical role of assessment in the prevention of reading disabilities.
Integrate Literacy, Behavior, and Social Emotional Learning: Strategies for Educators
When working with fragile readers, we are working with fragile young people. Learn what you can do to combine scientifically based literacy strategies, research-based behavioral strategies, and social emotional learning to lift a child’s spirit,
give them an environment in which they feel safe to learn, and enhance learning, achievement, and future opportunities. Plan now for the 2022-2023 school year, your reading-intervention strategy, and what you can do to help students "catch up," feel
confident, and hold their heads high.
During this webinar, you’ll learn how to:
- Support self-awareness and build relationship skills
- Teach behavioral skills for literacy building and employability
- Improve reading skills and enjoy the ensuing confidence
Reading Intervention in Middle School: Critical Steps for Success
The evidence is compelling – early identification and intervention is key to providing the greatest opportunity to “close the gap” among struggling and successful readers. However, the stark reality is that many older students are reading below levels which enable them to comprehend grade level, and content-area texts.
Although an approach to intervention for older students may require some modifications, the components of explicit instruction, structured literacy, and ample opportunities to practice to fluency remain the cornerstone of good instruction. Join Dr. Julie Klingerman as she explores these facets of intervention unique to older students:
- How do the components of a structured literacy approach apply to older, struggling students?
- How can intervention be accelerated in both word recognition and language comprehension to prepare students for the rigors of content-area reading?
- Which kinds of practice are most motivating to students in grades 4 and up?
Learning is NOT a Spectator Sport:
Increasing Student Engagement
Would you like your students to be more motivated, more engaged, more on-task, and learn more in your lessons? If so, the answer lies in increasing the opportunities to respond.
In this webinar, Dr. Archer, a respected authority on literacy teaching and learning, will share the research on opportunities to respond and practical procedures for implementing verbal, written, and action responses in all lessons. You’ll learn useful strategies and inspiring tips to help you better engage your students, and therefore they’ll learn more from your teaching.
Join us for this useful webinar with the always motivating Dr. Archer, and you’ll leave with practices you can immediately apply in your classroom.
The Science of Writing: Accelerate Overall Literacy Development via Writing
Join this fascinating, useful presentation as Dr. Leslie Laud shares the most powerful evidence-based practices for raising literacy outcomes—while emphasizing the role writing can play. As Dr. Laud calls on an abundance of current research, much of it just out in 2020-2021, she will help you understand its impact and how the research sheds new light on what works in explicit, Structured Literacy instruction. This webinar will present the latest evidence-based practices so you can best help your students get caught up following the gaps in instruction they may have experienced during the past year.
Your Literacy Assessment Toolbox: Effectively and Efficiently Informing Schoolwide Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
Join education and assessment expert Dr. Kelly Powell-Smith of Acadience Learning as she examines the critical issues educators face when making assessment decisions. Which assessments are necessary to support schoolwide Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in the area of literacy, and when should they be used?
Reading Intervention for Middle School English Learners: Changing the Trajectory
For our middle school English Learners, special considerations must be made based on the stages of language acquisition, literacy levels in their native language, and support needed to learn to read and write in English. As an educator, are you doing everything possible to change the trajectory of literacy challenges into success?