Develop Your Teachers’ Expertise with Literacy First Reading and Comprehension Seminars

Student reading achievement is dependent on knowledgeable, skilled teachers and principals. These research-based seminars from Literacy First provide your teachers with effective, easily implemented instructional strategies in reading and comprehension. Your teachers develop new teaching skills and apply new learning techniques in these capacity-building seminars.

Expand Staff Knowledge On-demand

Flexible and Convenient Online Teacher Training  Seminars

Online Teacher Training seminars are an effective part of a larger professional growth plan and give your educators the opportunity get the high quality, just-in-time support they need. Flexible and convenient, the sessions provide comprehensive explorations of important topics in classroom management, teaching techniques and content area development.

Why participate in online training?

Convenience: your staff can attend from anywhere, anytime

Quality: your instructors get access to industry experts and up-to-date information

Engagement: your educators experience highly interactive lessons

Professional Development for Elementary Teachers

 

Elementary Phonics & Word Study Seminar Including Spelling and Advanced Decoding

Mastering basic reading skills is critical for student success. The goal of this seminar is to train elementary level teachers in phonics and word study skills that are essential for students to comprehend text. Included in the seminar are the following activities and materials:

  • 2 days of professional development
  • 2 days of coaching/consulting
  • Phonics Teacher Manual (includes phonics assessment)
  • Phonics A to Z
  • Words Their Way
  • Easy Lessons in Word Families (K-2) or Teaching Phonics and Word Study (3-5)

 

Flexible Skill Groups & Literacy Stations Seminar

The Flexible Skill Groups & Literacy Stations Seminar trains Kindergarten to Grade 5 teachers to diagnose, intervene and teach like a reading specialist. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of methods to accelerate student reading achievement and eliminate achievement gaps by forming flexible skill groups and developing literacy stations. Included in the seminar are the following activities and materials:

  • 1 day of professional development
  • 3 days of coaching/consulting
  • Flexible Skill Groups and Literacy Stations Teacher Manual
  • Literacy Work Stations (K-2)
  • Practice with Purpose (3-5)

Comprehension Assessment, Lessons, & Activities Kit plus Instructor Seminar

Comprehension assessment provides teachers from Kindergarten to Grade 4 with data to plan and guide explicit instruction in the comprehension processes at each student’s point of need. Everything you need to diagnose and explicitly teach or reinforce specific comprehension skills is included:

  • 1 day of professional development
  • 75 interactive comprehension lessons
  • 75 interactive center activities
  • 8-book sets of 27 original fiction titles
  • 8-book sets of 28 original nonfiction titles
  • 2 CDs of books, songs and poems
  • 1 CD of reproducibles

Comprehension Assessment, Lessons, & Activities Using Interactive Whiteboards (IWB)

Comprehension assessment provides teachers from Kindergarten to Grade 4 with data to plan and guide explicit instruction in the comprehension processes at each student’s point of need. Everything needed to diagnose and explicitly teach or reinforce specific comprehension skills using the interactive whiteboard is included:

  • 1 day of professional development
  • Comprehension IWB site license
  • Comprehension assessment
  • 74 IWB comprehension lessons
  • 74 IWB center activities

Phonics Activity Center Kits with Professional Development

In this seminar, teachers learn to bring early reading success to budding readers with supplemental phonics lessons and literacy center activities. Developed by reading experts, reading specialists, and classroom instructors, activities and materials in this seminar include:

  • 2 days of professional development
  • Phonics Activity Center Kit
  • 200 Lesson plans and lesson folders
  • 8 sets of student manipulatives
  • Set of 8 books, 8 whiteboards and markers, posters, game boards, and pocket charts
  • Assessment tool and data forms

Elementary Vocabulary Development

Vocabulary skills are critical for student success in comprehending text and mastering the new Common Core State Standards for ELA. In this seminar, teachers acquire a variety of strategies to reinforce their instructional skills to teach vocabulary in a systematic and explicit manner. Included in this seminar are the following activities and materials:

  • 1 day of professional development
  • 2 days of coaching/consulting
  • Vocabulary Teacher Manual
  • Pump Up the Volume (K-2) or Inside Words (3-5).

Elementary Comprehension Skills Parts 1

Teachers in this seminar learn to use explicit instruction to develop students’ ability to become independent readers and metacognitive multitaskers. Included in this seminar are the following activities and materials:

  • 2 days of professional development
  • 2 days of coaching/consulting PLUS unlimited email and phone consultation
  • Comprehension Teacher Manual PLUS Developing Expert Readers (DER) Comprehension Assessmen

Elementary Comprehension Skills Parts 2

Participants in this seminar will learn to identify components of the primary and/or intermediate Comprehension Assessment and plan for effective administration, to match assessment results to student instructional needs, and to use data to drive instructional decisions and form flexible skill groups. Included in this seminar are the following activities and materials:

  • 2 days of professional development
  • 2 days of coaching/consulting PLUS unlimited email and phone consultation
  • Comprehension Teacher Manual PLUS Developing Expert Readers (DER) Comprehension Assessment

Professional Development for Secondary Teachers

Differentiated Instruction for Secondary Teachers

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of methods to accelerate student achievement and eliminate achievement gaps by forming flexible skill groups and developing literacy stations. Included in this seminar are the following activities and materials:

  • 1 day of professional development
  • 3 days of coaching/consulting
  • Differentiated Instruction for Secondary Teachers Manual

Secondary Comprehension Skills Part I


Teachers will learn instructional strategies for teaching comprehension and become experts in systematic, explicit instruction in important comprehension skill areas such as basic signal words, Question Answer Relationship (QAR), and the KWLE (Know – Want – Learn – Evidence) Method. Included in this seminar are the following activities and materials:

  • 2 days of professional development
  • 2 days of coaching/consulting plus unlimited email and phone consultation
  • Comprehension Teacher Manual
  • Interactive Strategies for Classroom Learning

Secondary Comprehension Skills Part II

During this seminar, teachers will become experts in systematic, explicit instruction in the following comprehension skill areas: inferring, predicting, text structures, clarifying and fix-up strategies. Included in this seminar are the following activities and materials:

  • 2 days of professional development
  • 2 days of coaching/consulting plus unlimited email and phone consultation
  • Comprehension Teacher Manual
  • Interactive Strategies for Classroom Learning.

Secondary Vocabulary Development

Participants in this seminar will expand their understanding of the critical relationship between vocabulary and comprehension and gain strategies to support their students’ acquisition of Tier II and Tier III words. Activities and materials in this seminar include the following:

  • 1 day of professional development
  • 2 days of coaching/consulting
  • Vocabulary Teacher Manual
  • Building Academic Vocabulary Grades 6-12.

 

Instructional Model for Secondary Grades (6-12)

Teachers will learn research-based instructional strategies that support the expectations of the Common Core State Standards. Participants will become experts in creating Academic Learning Time for all students. Activities and materials in this seminar include the following:

  • 1 day of professional development
  • 2 days of coaching/consulting
  • Instructional Model for Secondary Grades Manual
  • Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines by Doug Buehl.

 

Secondary Strategies for Complex Text

Participants will learn effective strategies for teaching close reading of complex texts, an essential skill that prepares students for to comprehend information they will be confronted with in the college classroom and throughout their careers. Activities and materials in this seminar include the following:

  • 2 days of professional development
  • 2 days of coaching/consulting
  • Secondary Strategies for Complex Text Manual
  • Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines by Doug Buehl
  • Interactive Strategies for Classroom Learning by Doug Buehl.