Literacy Best Practice Seminars

These standards-based seminars are designed to deepen educators’ knowledge of K–5 literacy topics and can be designed to meet your school’s or district’s specific needs.

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Foundational Skills

Traveling the Neural Superhighway: The Science of Primary Reading Instruction

Participants leave this session understanding how the neural pathways for reading are formed; what systematic, explicit instruction really means; and how to implement practical strategies for the research and evidence-based principles of reading instruction.
*Superkids Seminar

The Science of Reading and the Art of Teaching Superkids

In this series of seminars, educators discuss the "how" and "why" of evidence-based teaching practices for beginning reading as well as connections to the Superkids instructional path. (Call for more information on this series.)
*Superkids Seminar
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Comprehension

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Comprehension

High-Impact Comprehension Strategies

In this informative and hands-on session for K–2 teachers, attendees explore instructional techniques for developing students’ repertoire of comprehension strategies during all types of reading experiences.
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Writing

Developing Young Superkids Writers

K–2 educators explore the connections between reading and writing as well as ways teachers can help students develop their alphabetic knowledge and use the writing process approach to produce opinion, informative, and narrative writing. Content can be grade- or grade-span-specific.
*Superkids Seminar

Writing to Communicate: Using the Six Traits in the Writing Process

This session will explore the traits and their relationship to the writing process. It is appropriate for grades 1–6 educators, and content can be grade- or grade-span-specific, based on need.
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Handwriting

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Handwriting

Why and How of Teaching Handwriting

During this interactive session, participants will learn how to provide explicit, developmentally appropriate instruction; use specific academic language; practice modeling techniques for manuscript- and cursive-letter formation; and employ instructional best practices to meet the needs of all students. Participants will also explore the handwriting-literacy connection, the stages of writing and developmental guidelines, and the importance of self-assessment in handwriting.
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Differentiated Instruction

Thinking & Teaching Diagnostically: Differentiated Instruction for Success With All Beginning Readers

Session participants explore how to differentiate instruction based on the needs of students—providing a template for understanding the reading process, forming skills-based groups, and delivering effective instruction.
*Superkids Seminar

Meeting Individual Needs: Developing Tier 2 Lessons That Support Superkids Core Instruction

Through this hands-on session, teachers who provide intervention support services learn to create targeted Tier 2 lessons aligned to core Tier 1 instruction. Teachers explore program resources designed especially for targeted Tier 2 instruction and collaborate with peers in developing sample lesson plans for effective instruction.
*Superkids Seminar