Foundational Reading Skills in the Primary Grades Mini-Institute

Monday, March 5 — Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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Grade: 1-2
Featuring: Shanna Schwartz, Allyse Bader, Sarah Picard Taylor, Katrina Davino

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is thrilled to offer the second annual Foundational Reading Skills Mini-Institute, back by popular demand. This institute will focus on ways to use shared reading, interactive writing, and minilessons to teach foundational reading skills to Grades 1-2 students. There will be a special emphasis on helping children transfer word solving, vocabulary, and fluency skills to their independent reading. That is, you will not only develop a deeper knowledge of ways to teach foundational skills, you will also learn methods that make it inevitable that kids transfer what they learn into their independent reading (and writing, too!).

You’ll learn how to study readers and reading data in order to better understand the reading process and to plan targeted instruction that moves readers forward. You’ll learn about the behaviors, skills, and strategies readers are working to apply as they climb the ladder of text complexity. This knowledge can help you become a more confident and strategic reading teacher.

Participants at the Foundational Reading Skills Mini-Institute, including teachers, literacy specialists, literacy coaches, and instructional leaders, will observe, plan, and practice a repertoire of foundational skills lessons. You’ll receive on-the-spot feedback to lift the level of your teaching. Best of all, you’ll spend some time in actual classrooms, participating in field-based professional development while soaking in the rich environments of some of the TCRWP’s best primary classrooms


$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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