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Teachers and other literacy professionals seeking to support the teaching model outlined in The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading.
Two full days of professional development, hands-on training, a wealth of supporting materials, and breakout sessions for classroom and intervention teachers. An optional third day features content for coaches and literacy coordinators. Lunch is included each day.
$685 per person for the two-day Institute, plus $285 for optional third day. Discounts
for multiple teachers from a single district. If registering multiple attendees, please fill out the registration form, select save, and then click on “Add registrant” to register additional people.
"My Literacy Footprints Institute experience was glorious! It was amazing to be surrounded by principals, superintendents, reading specialists, reading intervention teachers, and reading recovery teachers who shared their LOVE of reading!"
— Lisa Thompson, Union-Scioto Local School District Chillicothe, OH
Participants will choose one of three strands to focus on during the Institute. Each day will include a general session with Jan Richardson and Michèle Dufresne as well as strand-specific practice sessions.
Must complete two-day Institute in order to attend and be a principal, literacy coach, or literacy coordinator. Not intended for classroom teachers. Additional fees apply.
“We learned about the amazing research on the ABC tracing book technique at the Institute. Our school was enthusiastic
to try it out. After only two weeks, our results have been astonishing!”
— Amy Ferris and Kim Scott, Madison Kindergarten Academy
What are the rest of the kids doing? How can you keep your students occupied with meaningful independent work (and out of your hair!) while you are doing your guided reading lessons? Learn about ways to effectively manage your students’ independent time. (Grades K–2)
Literacy Footprint (LFP) lessons are designed to be a footprint, not a blueprint. Learn how to make your lessons more powerful by using assessment data and student observations to modify your LFP lesson plans in ways that will foster students’ accelerated progress. (For Grades K–2 teachers using LFP lessons)
Many students moving into more challenging text levels are skillful at decoding new words but may struggle with comprehension because they don’t know the meaning of some of the new vocabulary they are encountering. In this session, we will explore ways to help students build a stronger reading vocabulary. (Grades 3–6)
Analyzing Running Records during guided reading helps you assess students to decide what they know and what they need to learn next. Explore how to use running records to determine what your Transitional students (Levels J-P) need next. (Grades 2-5)
You’ve decided guided reading works, but you have teachers who are struggling with implementation and others who are apprehensive of change. How can you build a team that is moving forward together and use data to improve instruction? (For coaches and administrators)
In The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading, Jan lays out a powerful lesson framework she calls Pre-A, for students who come to school with a meager knowledge of letters and limited book experience. If you have students in your classroom who know fewer than 40 upper- and lowercase letters, this session will help you quickly accelerate their literacy progress. (For teachers working with beginners)
When reading new text, how can we “make it easy for students to be successful at getting the message” and, at the same time, create a powerful opportunity for the construction of an integrated processing system? (Grades K–2)
Analyzing Running Records during guided reading helps you assess students to decide what they know and what they need to learn next. Explore how to use running records to determine what your Emergent and Early students (Levels A-I) need next. (Grades K/1)
Learn how to use picture books and short passages to model explicit, inquiry-based lessons to support comprehension growth that students can apply to their guided reading and independent reading. (Grades 2–6)
Your kids are great readers and thinkers—but sometimes the state test results don’t show it. Learn how to create powerful guided reading lessons and test questions that form a bridge between guided lessons and the types of questions students face on state tests. (Grades 3–5)
By investing in teachers’ knowledge and instructional practices, we can build capacity and encourage teachers to identify as literacy leaders in their schools and districts. Using a job-embedded professional development model, we will look at a framework for literacy coaching that includes peer observations, discussions facilitated by a literacy coach, and an emphasis on teaching decisions in guided reading. (For literacy coaches and school administrators)
THE CLOSEST AIRPORT is Bradley International Airport (BDL), located in Windsor Locks, CT. This airport is approximately 55 minutes from the Institute site.
TRAVEL FROM AIRPORT: Rental cars are available near the airport via complimentary shuttle service.
SHUTTLE FROM AIRPORT: Valley Transporter (valleytransporter.com) is the recommended shuttle service. You must call ahead to make a reservation once you know your flight details. This service generally costs $53 per person (one-way) and is the least expensive shuttle option.
For your convenience, hotel rooms are available at the following locations:
HOTEL UMASS: Located in the same building as the Institute
Daily rate: $139 (includes continental breakfast, high-speed wireless Internet access, and use of the nearby gym)
Reservation method: Please call 877.822.2110 to reserve your room by June 28, 2019; reference group code GRI19C
Howard Johnson hotel in Amherst/Hadley: Located just 4 miles from UMASS (approx 10 min drive)
Daily rate: $119 ( includes king or 2 doubles standard room)
Available Sunday - Tuesday nights at group rate.
Reservation method: Please call 413.586.0114 to reserve your room by June 1, 2019; reference group code Literacy Footprints Institute
Econo Lodge by Choice Hotels in Hadley: Located just 4 miles from UMASS (approx 10 min drive)
Daily rate: $79 (includes king standard or 2 doubles standard room)
Reservation Method: Please call 413.583.7077 by June 1, 2019; reference group code Literacy Footprints Institute
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