Literacy Instruction

  • Let’s Collaborate!

    Together, we can tailor professional learning experiences to meet the goals and needs of the educators in your school or district. We can explore the instructional strategies on this page through any of the following learning contexts:

    • Collaborative Planning and Co-Teaching
    • Demonstration Lessons in Classrooms
    • Full or Half-Day Workshops
    • Virtual Visits

    The Ramped-Up Read Aloud:
    What to Notice, Say, and Wonder as You Turn the Page

    Audience: K-3

    Learn the art of interactive read aloud! In this session, Maria will share a wealth of kid-appealing picture books coupled with tips for meaningful collaborative conversations that will spark high-level comprehension and joyful writing experiences.


    Literacy Workshop:
    Empowering Learners Through Choice and Challenge

    Audience: K-5

    Are you looking for classroom-tested ideas to re-energize your literacy instruction? Maria will take you inside an integrated literacy workshop where learners read, write, research, and converse about their world. Leave with a collection of mentor texts and demonstration lessons!


    Nurturing a Joyful Classroom Community:
    Strengthening Students’ Social and Emotional Awareness

    Audience: K-2

    Learn sensible strategies for nurturing an intellectually and emotionally healthy classroom culture. By creating an environment where young children take risks, think flexibly, ponder, and power through challenges you can nudge ALL students toward becoming self-directed, independent literacy learners. In this session, Maria will share classroom structures, learning experiences, picture book titles, and much more!


    Explore the W.O.R.L.D. and S.T.E.A.M. Time:
    What the Other Kids Are Doing While You’re Teaching Small Groups

    Audience: K-2

    Learn two easy-to-implement structures for supporting young children as they independently apply their literacy and math-related learning. Maria will share her classroom-tested center ideas, management tips, and much more!


    The New Essentials of Literacy Instruction

    Audience: K-3 or K-5

    Join Maria as she shares her latest classroom-tested ideas for teaching literacy learners with more depth by targeting standards-focused big ideas to explore in your reading and writing workshops. You will leave this session with a wealth of picture book titles, lessons, and practical strategies to use in your classroom tomorrow!


    Picture Books and Pencils:
    Teaching Informational Research, Reading, and Writing

    Audience: K-3

    Young children are fascinated with the world of nonfiction. Discover how to capitalize on your students’ natural curiosity by weaving informational research, reading, and writing into your literacy instruction. Maria will share inquiry experiences that engage students in shared research and writing projects utilizing kid-friendly nonfiction texts.


    Make Every Minute Count:
    A Day in a Balanced Literacy Classroom

    Audience: K-3

    Take a peek into a typical day in Maria’s classroom. Learn how she sets up and manages a purposeful, literate classroom environment where students read, write, think, converse, and learn together in engaging and joyful ways. Maria will demonstrate how each component of balanced literacy ties to standards.


    Spark the Reading-Writing Connection

    Audience: K-5

    Powerful and practical teaching strategies are a necessity when helping students make connections among literature, language, writing, and their world. These connections are at the essence of literacy instruction. Join Maria as she shares a wealth of ideas that will electrify literacy lessons and recharge teachers.