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Cracking the Code and Building Academic Vocabulary

One of the major shifts reflected in today’s standards has been the integration of more complex vocabulary. These more challenging words used within directions, questions, and prompts require that classroom instruction focus on more than just the content and concepts of each subject. Teachers must also decode the sophisticated discourse that appears in the after-reading tasks.

  • Teach students to understand the expectations of the task.

  • Identify functional words to be taught among the grade levels.

  • Identify ways to incorporate this more sophisticated teacher talk into daily classroom routines.

This workshop will expand participants’ understanding of vocabulary development and the instructional techniques that are effective in helping students  expand their meaning vocabularies. Participants will learn how to assess students’ vocabulary knowledge and select words from a text that are most useful for instruction, including those with high frequency Greek and Latin word parts. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to explore online resources for vocabulary development and assess their own current vocabulary teaching strategies. Packed with practical tips and resources, this session will appeal to educators who are interested in learning new ways to extend their students’ knowledge of words.

An Introduction to Literacy Stations 

This powerful workshop is designed to help K-5 teachers create a plan for launching and leading literacy stations during the daily reading block. Before students can be academically engaged in literacy stations, they first need to understand their own roles and responsibilities during independent learning time.


This workshop starts with strategies for setting expectations, building routines, and creating procedures at the beginning of the school year. Participants will receive a day-by-day plan for starting this process beginning with the first week of school.

Strategies for Teaching Small Group Guided Reading Instruction

In this powerful workshop, teachers will learn how to plan and conduct differentiated small-group reading sessions that result in improved student achievement. During the workshop,  Dr. Gonzales shows teachers how to support students at their developmental levels, how to engage students in authentic text, and how to provide students with targeted lessons to increase their comprehension in both literature and informational texts.

Topics covered:

  • Learn how to develop a schedule where small-group reading occurs in tandem with students working independently in literacy stations.

  • Obtain ways to utilize teacher-led small groups during the reading block.

  • Understand how to interpret reading levels of students and match them to an appropriate book level.

  • Gain strategies to support readers at all stages of reading: emergent, early, transitional, and fluent.

  • Learn how to tie whole-group mini-lessons to small-group instruction in order to support the five components of reading.

  • Learn types of before, during, and after-reading strategies and how they fit into small-group reading lessons.

Developing a Reading Road Map For Teaching Comprehension

Teaching students how to read for understanding and meaning is one of the most important, yet most challenging jobs we do as teachers. How can we provide the best possible reading instruction in the short amount of time we have with our students? This seminar will give you practical, timesaving strategies for strengthening your students' reading comprehension, fluency, vocabulary skills, and motivation to read in school and at home. Nationally known speaker and author, Dr. Ingrid, will share with you dozens of research-based strategies and practices that will help all your students become more successful and strategic readers. All her ideas are classroom-proven and ready to implement in your grades 3-6 classroom. As a bonus, she will also give you dozens of children's literature titles you can use to motivate your students to read and to teach specific comprehension skills. You will also learn valuable tips for setting up guided reading and Readers Workshop in your classroom in order to engage all your students in active reading that builds comprehension.

Don't miss this opportunity to fill your toolkit with dozens of practical strategies, children's literature titles and motivating techniques to maximize your reading instruction to help students become successful readers. You will also receive an extensive resource handbook designed to help you implement these strategies immediately in your own classroom.

Planning and Facilitating Close Reading

Literacy standards emphasize the use of challenging text at all grade levels and for students to apply close reading skills. Close reading means figuring out what a text says by thinking critically about the words and ideas in the text. It is sometimes described as deep reading, reading like a detective, or dissecting the text. Most students need explicit instruction for how to read text closely, and educators can provide this instruction by planning and conducting close reading lessons. During this professional development, educators learn how to plan and a conduct a close reading lesson for students in grades 2-12.

This professional development addresses these topics and skills:

• Definition of close reading and related literacy standards

• Characteristics of a close reading lesson

• Planning a close reading text: select sample text, analyze text complexity, generate questions, plan the think aloud

• Generating text-dependent questions

• Stages of a close-reading lesson

• Developing related writing tasks

• Supports and scaffolds for struggling readers

Writing After Close Reading 

Teaching children to write - to express their ideas clearly and creatively, and to find joy in the process - is a complex task. To grow as writers, children need explicit instruction in the craft, mechanics, and process of writing, choice in what to write about, and plenty of time to practice. This training provides instructional practices for teaching students how to write in all subject areas using strategies that are aligned with state literacy standards. This training focuses on how to teach specific writing skills, and how to use writing to learn content. Suggestions are provided for differentiation and scaffolds to meet the needs of struggling writers.