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

    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 a powerful instructional 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.

    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 balanced literacy instruction coupled with poetry can help your young readers soar. In this session, Maria will share the research-based components of balanced 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.