Reading 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

    Ramp Up Your Read Alouds: Connect, Converse, and Extend

    Audience: PK-3

    Join Maria as she shares the inner workings of an interactive read aloud. Discover a consistent read-aloud structure that will increase engagement, joy, and language comprehension. Learn tips for meaningful collaborative conversations that will spark high-level thinking and authentic writing experiences. Your library cart will be overflowing after this workshop!

    Shake Up Shared Reading: Texts, Tips, and Teaching Strategies

    Audience: PK-3

    Get ready to shake up your shared reading interactions. Discover sensible strategies to engage learners in short bursts of shared reading that are connected to and planned as a follow-up to a read-aloud experience. Learn how to find picture books that reflect your students’ lived experiences and build their reading power. Leave with a list of books and actionable ideas.

    Making Every Minute Count!
    Guiding Readers Across Your School Day

    Audience: K-3 or K-5

    Together, we’ll consider the different learning contexts and teaching strategies that you can use to meet the individual needs of your readers. Learn how to guide readers across the school day by surrounding them with books, carefully matching readers with texts, conferring, meeting with small groups, and providing ample time for comprehension conversations about engaging and diverse texts.

    Assess, Decide, and Guide:
    The Keys to Helping ALL Readers Succeed

    Audience: K-3 or K-5

    To help students become thoughtful, independent readers, it’s essential to know students’ specific learning needs and surround them with targeted reading support. Join Maria as she shares the useful assess-decide-guide framework and practical tips for using data to make informed decisions and guide readers.

    Guiding Readers Toward Independence:
    It’s as Easy as 1-2-3

    Audience: K-3 or K-5

    Join Maria as she shares the three steps to an effective guided reading lesson. Learn how to pinpoint an instructional focus, select an engaging text, and teach in a way that leads students toward independence. Refine your before, during, and after-reading prompts, questions, and teaching points. Discover classroom-tested ideas for launching and managing independent literacy centers.

    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!

    Powerful Reading Instruction for the Differentiated Classroom

    Audience: K-3 or K-5

    This presentation will provide teachers with research-based, classroom-tested strategies for teaching readers utilizing the gradual release of responsibility model. The focus will be on meeting the needs of individual readers by surrounding young readers with books, carefully matching students with texts, and providing ample time for independent practice. In addition, teachers will learn how to engage their students in robust vocabulary lessons, meaningful fluency development activities, thoughtful comprehension lessons, and multi-level, flexible small group instruction.  Teachers will leave this session understanding how to differentiate reading instruction for ALL learners.

    The Promise of Poetry for Vulnerable Readers

    Audience: K-3

    Learn how the components of powerful literacy instruction coupled with poetry can help your young readers soar. In this session, Maria will share the research-based components of powerful literacy instruction that are aligned to the standards along with sensible strategies to meet the needs of striving and dormant readers. Teachers will learn how to use a collection of engaging poems to strengthen readers’ phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.