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Child Left Behind & The 5 Essential Components of Reading Instruction
The 5 Essential Components of Reading Instruction have been mandated by NCLB (validated after years of scientific research) as best practices for reading instruction. This workshop gives a comprehensive look at the 5 components of reading instruction and offers explicit strategies on how to incorporate each component into the classroom. (Audience: K-5 classroom teachers, special education teachers, paraprofessional educators.)
Phonological & Phonemic Awareness

Phonological awareness is a more potent predictor of reading achievement than nonverbal intelligence, vocabulary, and listening comprehension, and it correlates more highly with reading acquisition than tests of general intelligence (IQ tests) or reading readiness. (Adams, 1990; Blachman, 1989, 1991; Catts, 1991, Griffith & Olson, 1992; Stanovich, 1986; Yopp, 1995). Measures of phonemic awareness, the later developed reading skill, are among the best, if not the best, predictors of success in learning to read. Teachers will learn how to assess a child's level of phonological and phonemic awareness. They will learn valid and reliable measures commonly used to assess both phonological and phonemic awareness and how to plan their instruction based on the assessment results. (Audience: any classroom teacher, special education teacher, or paraprofessional educators working with students reading at the emergent (K), emergent/early (1st), and early/fluent (2nd) level.)

Essential Components of a Reading-Rich Classroom

This workshop gives a comprehensive look into the essential components of a reading-rich classroom. Teachers will be given an in-depth look into each component. Teachers will gain practical methods for using research-based strategies to address student reading proficiencies. Participants will finally understand how to "implement" the essential components into daily practice. Research has proven that with consistent implementation, the essential components of a reading-rich classroom guarantee increased reading achievement. (Audience: K-5 classroom teachers, special education teachers, paraprofessional educators.)

The Reading Teacher Who Can Teach Every Child How To Read

In a desperate effort to meet the demands of high-stakes testing, more and more schools/school districts are spending thousands of dollars on "scripted" reading programs. Programs can never compete with an effective reading teacher. Unfortunately, many teachers have never been trained explicitly how to teach a child to read. Participants will learn how to use ongoing assessment to determine each child's reading ability. They will learn how to use the assessment to target the specific reading needs of every child. Finally, they will learn the research-based methods and instructional strategies needed by every reading teacher in order to experience success. This workshop is a must for any teacher who has never experienced a true "methods" class in teaching all children how to read. (Audience: K-8 classroom teachers, special education teachers, paraprofessional educators.)

Literacy Centers

Literacy centers allow children to immediately apply their learning and guarantees the omission of any student down time. Literacy-Centers need to be a part of every elementary classroom for two specific reasons. First, literacy centers reinforce learning concepts. Research has proven retention occurs much faster if various learning modalities are used in the learning process. All learning modalities are accessed in a classroom that effectively utilizes literacy centers. Secondly, students are continually on task and interactively involved in independent learning. True learning takes place at the independent reinforcement and practice level. Teachers will walk away with literacy center ideas in reading, writing, math, vocabulary, spelling, computer, and research. (Audience: K-5 classroom teachers.)

Multi-Sensory

Not every child benefits from traditional lecture-style instruction. Multi-Sensory is one of the most successful ways to ensure every child is given the opportunity to learn. When multi-sensory approaches are used, children learn (truly internalize) much more quickly. Participants will learn how to incorporate the auditory, visual, oral, and kinesthetic senses into their teaching methods. Additionally, this workshop supplies classroom teachers with the K-3 scope & sequence of all phonograms based on the developmental and reading levels. (Audience: K-3 classroom teachers, special education teachers, para-professionals, any teacher working with struggling readers.)

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