Literacy Best Practice Seminars

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

Evidence-Based Foundational Skills

Evidenced-Based 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-based principles of reading instruction.
*Superkids Seminar

The Science of Reading and the Art of Teaching Superkids

In this series of six intensive, full-day sessions, educators explore and discuss the “how” and “why” of evidence-based teaching practices for beginning reading as well as connections to the Superkids instructional path.
  • Day 1: Learning to read
  • Day 2: Phonology (or Speech Sounds of Our Language)
  • Day 3: Orthography (or Spelling of English)
  • Day 4: Vocabulary
  • Day 5: Comprehension
  • Day 6: Writing
*Superkids Seminar
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Comprehension

From Listening to Reading: Strategies for Helping Children Comprehend Text

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—read-alouds, shared reading, and guided reading.

Choosing and Using Informational Texts, K–2: Best Texts…Best Practices

In this hands-on workshop, participants learn how to evaluate the appeal, format, and accuracy of nonfiction texts as well as strategies for using high-quality informational text to support students’ acquisition of the standards for reading informational literature.

Text Evidence: Reading Like a Detective

This session will cover instruction and strategies for finding text evidence, analyzing that evidence, and forming conclusions.
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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 children develop their alphabetic knowledge and use the writing-process approach to produce opinion, informative, and narrative writing.
*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.

Text-Dependent Questions: Digging Into the Text

This session focuses on the development of text-dependent questions to facilitate exposure to deeper reading and understanding of text by keeping students in the text.
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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

Providing Effective Instructional Support in Superkids Classrooms

This interactive workshop focuses on expanding the support roles of paraprofessionals and volunteers working with Superkids teachers and students. Suggestions for supporting Superkids students during whole-group and small-group lessons are shared, modeled, and practiced.
*Superkids Seminar

Meeting Individual Needs: Planning Tier 2 Lessons to Support Superkids Core Instruction

Through this hands-on session, teachers who provide intervention support services prepare 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 intervention.
*Superkids Seminar