Foundational Reading Skills in the Upper Grades Mini-Institute

Thursday, November 30 — Saturday, December 2, 2017

Grade: 3-5
Featuring: Natalie Louis, Jennifer Kean-Thompson, Alissa Reicherter, Kristin Smith, 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. Since then, we’ve come to realize that upper grade teachers need to support foundational reading skill development as well. This institute is designed 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 your data and do quick on-the-run observations of readers that can inform your instruction. You’ll learn about the skills and strategies readers to progress towards reading increasingly complex texts. As part of this, you’ll learn more about supporting word solving, vocabulary, fluency, and literal comprehension skills. You’ll learn 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 ways to revise units of study so they support classrooms that brim with readers who work with texts below benchmark level.

You’ll 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 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.


$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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