Foundational Reading Skills in the Upper Grades Mini-Institute

Thursday, November 30 — Saturday, December 2, 2017


Grade: 3-5
Featuring: Natalie Louis, Alissa Levy, Hannah Kolbo, Janet Steinberg with Tim Rasinski

This institute is designed to help upper elementary teachers learn more about the foundational reading skills and methods students need in order to progress toward grade-level proficiency. Over the past few years, the TCRWP has offered a popular institute on foundational skills for K-2 teachers. Therefore, this year we’ve decided to offer a similar institute for upper elementary teachers who want to learn how to best support students who read below grade level benchmarks.

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 need to use as they climb the ladder of text complexity. Across the institute, you’ll learn more about word solving, vocabulary, and fluency skills, as well as ways to use shared reading, guided reading, coaching conferences, partner work, interactive writing, and minilessons to teach foundational reading skills to older children. You’ll see these techniques in action in TCRWP classrooms around the city, and get a chance to plan and teach a repertoire of foundational skills lessons.

Expect to spend a chunk of time working in grade-level groups to study your reading Units of Study to determine what foundational skills are already in place, and to plan where and how to incorporate support for foundational skills across your day, week, and year.

You’ll also hear about picture books, chapter books, and series that help turn kids into readers, keep them reading, and foster the kinds of complex thinking students need for their age level. 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 reading classrooms.

Featured Speaker: In addition to the TCRWP staff developers, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn from Tim Rasinski, author of The Fluent Reader and director of the Kent State reading clinic.

Cost

TBD

Where

This institute will take place at the Teachers College campus.
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street
New York, NY
212-678-3104

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Foundational Reading Skills in the Primary Grades Mini-Institute

Monday, March 5 — Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Grade: K-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 K-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

Cost

TBD

Where

This institute will take place at the Teachers College campus.
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street
New York, NY
212-678-3104

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