Professional Learning: Focused Workshops

Focused Workshops provides professional learning opportunities designed to dig deeper into a specific guided reading topic. These segments are intended for those who are already familiar with the Literacy Footprints Guided Reading System. Workshop lengths vary according to school needs.

1. Exploring Word Study: Digging Deeper into Emergent, Early, and Transitional Word Study (Target Audience: K–2)

Word study is the component of the guided reading lessons that allows teachers the opportunity to provide explicit instruction for phonics and word-solving skills. By teaching a short word study activity during the guided reading lesson, teachers can prompt students who need more support in learning a skill and teach them how to transfer that newly learned skill to reading and writing. In this workshop, teachers will learn and practice word study procedures that support Emergent and Early readers in developing strong decoding and encoding skills.

2. Exploring Word Study: Digging Deeper into Transitional and Fluent Word Study (Target Audience: 3–5/6)

Word study is the component of the guided reading lessons that allows teachers the opportunity to provide explicit instruction for phonics and word-solving skills. By teaching a short word study activity during the guided reading lesson, teachers can prompt students who need more support in learning a skill and teach them how to transfer that newly learned skill to reading and writing. In this workshop, teachers will learn and practice word study procedures that support Transitional and Fluent readers in developing strong decoding and encoding skills and vocabulary.

3. Making Intentional Instructional Decisions: Responsive Teaching (Target Audience: K–3)

The Literacy Footprints Guided Reading lesson frameworks have three integral parts: guided reading, word study, and guided writing. The lesson parts were developed by aligning target skills, strategies, and comprehension focuses with the literacy continuum. The most effective guided reading lessons are planned and delivered by responding to student assessment data. In this workshop, participants will engage with student assessment data and lesson frameworks to modify the lessons and prompting in response to students’ needs in order to ultimately accelerate learning.

4. Moving Forward with Comprehension: Digging Deeper into the Comprehension Focus (Target Audience: 3–5/6)

Each Literacy Footprints Guided Reading lesson has a comprehension focus that threads through the lesson framework. In Chapter 7 of Jan Richardson’s The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading, 12 comprehension focuses are introduced across 29 teaching modules. In this workshop, participants will take part in a mini-book study while exploring each comprehension focus through the Literacy Footprints lessons. They will learn how to use the progressive steps to differentiate the support provided to students during guided reading lessons. They will leave with a strong understanding of how to lead students toward internalizing the comprehension focus to reach the goal of constructing meaning while reading any given text.

5. Guided Writers: Writing with Intention and Intensity (Target Audience: K–2 and 3–5/6)

The Literacy Footprints lesson framework includes a guided writing lesson. Guided writing provides an opportunity to support students as they write about the book they’ve just read, which in turn increases their comprehension. In this workshop, participants will learn how to analyze students’ writing to address their needs according to target skills. Participants will learn how to provide prompting and assistance during guided writing, including how to give appropriate scaffolding that helps students develop writing skills and craft.

6. Building Strategic Readers: The Art of Prompting for Strategic Action (Target Audience: K–2 and 3–5/6)

A key element of guided reading involves close observation of students’ literacy processing behaviors. Learning how to listen and make quick decisions about where to prompt takes time and practice. In this workshop, participants look carefully at what strategic actions are important for students to develop at each reading stage. Additionally, they will learn the importance of using running records as a tool for observing how students are approaching reading. Finally, we will delve deeper into how to foster strategic processing as students read and reread a new book, as well as how and what to teach the group following the reading.

7. Using the Digital Reader: The Nuts and Bolts (Target Audience: K–2 and 3–5/6)

The Literacy Footprints Digital Reader provides students with a bookshelf of instructional-level books that can be accessed both in the classroom and at home. This workshop will include an overview of the Literacy Footprints lesson frameworks and cover the nuts and bolts of how to design your digital classroom, form groups, assign lessons, create student bookshelves, and so much more! Participants will leave the session all set up and ready to begin using the Digital Reader with their students!

8. Using the Digital Reader: Engaging Lessons beyond Guided Reading

The Digital Reader provides classroom teachers access to over a thousand books ranging from Levels A–Z. In this session, participants will be inspired to create flexible and engaging reading opportunities, whole-group lessons, and learning opportunities for their students using the Digital Reader. Participants must have access to the Digital Reader for this session.

Our goal is simple.

We want all students
to become proficient readers
who just can’t wait to read
another book.