Conferring and Small Group Institute in Reading

Monday, December 4 - Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Grade: K-8
Featuring: Amanda Hartman, Jessica Greiss, Rebecca Cronin, Cynthia Satterlee, Kristin Smith

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is thrilled to offer the first ever Conferring and Small Group Institute in Reading for grades K-8. This institute will focus on one of the most important parts of our reading workshops: the independent work time. This is when teachers aim to support students in the ways they most need—when they target instruction so that it is exactly aligned to each individual member of the group. Small group work and conferring allow us to make our teaching responsive. But the question remains: How, when there is so much to plan for and so much to do, can we pull this off on a regular basis?

This institute is designed to help you to maximize your conferring time and make your small group work more efficient, more powerful, and easier. You will learn transferable structures and methods that you can put in place over and over again, with a variety of skills, so that you can conduct one of a handful of highly effective conferences and small groups, simply varying the content.

You’ll learn how to gather data that informs how you create your strategy lesson groups and shared and guided reading groups. Presenters will address how to get kids actively involved in conferences and small groups, provide them with repeated opportunities for practice and mastery, and coach towards greater independence through the use of tools (both invented and borrowed from the Units of Study).

Presenters will help you learn how to design a series of small groups that can take place over time with one group of students where you focus on the same skill and use less and less scaffolding until the students have mastered the work. You will hear about how to address students’ difficulties, assess for how well students are transferring learning across the day, and how to adapt plans for individuals.


$650/ $600 NYC DOE


This institute will take place at the Teachers College campus.
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street
New York, NY

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