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Expand your knowledge with our current series of professional development webinars, with topics designed to give both novice and experienced K–2 teachers an in-depth look at research-based practices for ensuring all students develop a solid foundation in reading.

Webinar Series

Session Four: Fluency Fundamentals: Strategies for Beginning Readers (12/6, 4:30–5:30 P.M. ET; 12/7, 7:00–8:00 P.M. ET)

Fluency is the ability to read a text accurately, at an appropriate rate, and with appropriate expression. Because they possess sufficient decoding and word recognition skills, fluent readers can focus on understanding what they read rather than on recognizing words. In this interactive webinar, participants will be introduced to a variety of practices for helping students develop fluent reading. The webinar will also explore appropriate texts for children's use in building fluency, and ways teachers can provide explicit instruction, modeling, and practice of specific fluency skills, such as natural phrasing, rate, observation of punctuation, and use of proper pitch and volume.

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Session Five: Vigorous Vocabulary Instruction: Building Academic Vocabulary (1/17, 4:30–5:30 P.M. ET; 1/18, 7:00–8:00 P.M. ET)

We know that the gap between those more prepared and those less prepared in the area of academic language and vocabulary may continue to grow throughout the elementary years, putting the less-prepared students at risk of reading failure. During this interactive webinar, teachers will explore the what, when, why, and how of vocabulary development for children in the early grades. Included will be attention to building vocabulary experientially, relating new words to children's background knowledge, developing a depth of knowledge about each new word taught, exploring relationships between and among words, and generating students’ interest in words.

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Session Six: From Listening to Reading: Strategies for Helping Children Comprehend Text (2/21, 4:30–5:30 P.M. ET; 2/22, 7:00–8:00 P.M. ET)

Teachers in the early grades must help students build a strong foundation in comprehension WHILE they are developing the essential skills of decoding and word recognition. This requires an understanding of research-based instructional strategies for developing listening comprehension, as well as of strategies for teaching even our youngest readers to read words and make meaning simultaneously. In this interactive webinar, participants will explore effective instructional techniques for developing students’ repertoire of comprehension strategies during all types of reading experiences—read alouds, shared, and guided reading.

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