Institute for Educational Development


Clayton Plaza Hotel - Clayton
7750 Carondelet Ave
Clayton, MO, 63105

December 8, 2021

$279.00 per person

Catching Up Students That Have Fallen Behind: Strategies That Work! (Grades K-6)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Melissa Dickson

Outstanding Educator and International Speaker

Specifically Designed for Grades K-6 Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Interventionists, Instructional Coaches, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, and Administrators

  • Learn the four key steps to accelerate learning and help your students catch up
  • Maximize student learning time with cutting edge strategies that close gaps quickly and more easily
  • Leave with practical, high-impact strategies that make learning stick for students who have fallen behind
  • Receive an extensive resource handbook filled with engaging, ready-to-use accelerated learning activities, strategies, practical instructional tools, and templates that you can use right away

Practical Strategies

Do you have students who have fallen behind and now have significant learning gaps? Are you wondering how to teach your grade-level standards while closing gaps from previous year’s standards? Are you looking for a way to maximize your teaching time to help your students catch up and feel successful again? If so, then you won’t want to miss this seminar by veteran educator and presenter, MELISSA DICKSON. The focus will be on four key steps to make learning stick, allowing you to double the speed of your students’ learning and help them catch up in record time. Melissa will provide you with easy-to-implement strategies for each step, as well as, sharing how you can “bump up” the strategy to provide more challenge or “break down” the strategy to scaffold for struggling learners.

Join Melissa for a day filled with high-impact strategies and approaches to add to your teacher toolkit that meets diverse needs and accelerates learning in your classroom. You will have fun and leave with a multitude of ideas that can be easily adapted to your learning environment.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Learn Four Key Steps to Accelerate Your Students’ Learning to Help Them Catch Up
    Boost student learning with a four-step cycle of instruction that puts neuroscience, the formative assessment process and differentiation into your practice in a highly effective and doable way
  2. Put a Stop to the Growing Gap and Double the Speed of Learning for Your Students Who Have Fallen Behind
    Stop the gap and propel your students forward with practical ideas for using formative assessment to save time and accelerate learning
  3. Maximize the Impact of Your Instruction Using Techniques that Make Learning Stick
    Discover innovative ways to make the most of your time with students … Learn practical time-saving strategies for prioritizing, pre-assessing, tapping prior knowledge, and priming for instruction that accelerates learning and helps students catch up
  4. Incorporate Key Principles of Differentiation into Your Existing Lessons to Really Expedite Student Learning
    Discover highly effective ways to more to easily differentiate to meet the diverse needs in your classroom … Learn techniques that will expedite learning and help your students move forward more quickly
  5. Help Your Struggling Students Understand What Success Looks Like and How to More Easily Achieve It
    Practical strategies you can use immediately to help you and your struggling students achieve greater success … These acceleration strategies will seriously boost your students’ confidence and are a game changer!
  6. Find Practical Strategies for Eliminating Students’ Misunderstandings and Misconceptions
    Help your students catch up quickly with practical ways to identifying and target important misunderstandings and misconceptions … Learn how to easily identify and remove the barriers that are getting in the way of catching up
  7. Spend Less Time Teaching What Your Students Already Know
    There’s no time for wasted time … Learn how to prioritize what needs to be taught and use data more efficiently and seamlessly to teach and assess only what needs to be learned
  8. Help Your Students Who Have Fallen Behind Develop Greater Confidence
    Don’t let your students continue to get in the way of their own learning … Help them turn their negative self-talk into a more positive mindset so they can really see themselves as learners and accelerate to grade level in record time
  9. Accelerate the Catching Up Process with Communication and Collaboration Skills that Accelerate Learning to Higher Levels
    Increase your students’ oral language skills and their ability to work collaboratively with classroom-tested listening and speaking activities that will increase the speed of learning … Learn powerful techniques to help your students catch up
  10. Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook Filled With Acceleration Strategies to Help Your Students That Have Fallen Behind
    You will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for helping your students who have fallen behind catch up with key acceleration strategies for grades K-6 … Included are dozens of practical ideas, templates, and resources to help you propel student learning to new levels

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Practical tips and step-by-step acceleration strategies to boost progress for your students who have fallen behind
  • Discover numerous, high-impact acceleration strategies to quickly increase your students’ learning
  • Accelerate new learning for students at all levels in your classroom
  • Useful Tools for ongoing and informal assessments of students who have fallen behind so you can more easily match instruction to their specific needs
  • Powerful instructional strategies proven to accelerate learning and increase your students’ success
  • Effective progress monitoring and assessment tools and techniques to help guide your targeted interventions and intervene or extend based on students’ needs
  • Numerous ideas, strategies, and demonstrations to strengthen and enrich your current program
  • Acquire helpful lesson-planning templates to more effectively frame and target learning needs
  • How to anticipate the variety of ways your students’ struggle and practical strategies to respond more effectively
  • Ideas, Ideas, Ideas – specific ways help your students who have fallen behind quickly catch up and feel successful again
  • Learn the secrets to make your instruction stick, methods to motivate and engage your most reluctant students, and more!
  • How to balance between interventions and teaching new content to prevent students from continuing to fall behind
  • Close the gap with practical Strategies to help your K-6 students overcome the obstacles that keep them from believing they can learn
  • Powerful acceleration strategies for pinpointing gaps in students’ knowledge, skills and understanding

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

If COVID-19 has taught us anything it is that we cannot always control what is happening around us. The unfortunate reality is that despite the best efforts of our schools, teachers and parents during the pandemic, many students’ learning took a dramatic downward turn, leaving them with shaky foundations and gaps in their learning. Are you worried about how to teach this year’s curriculum while simultaneously closing the gaps that have occurred during last year’s pandemic learning? Are you interested in learning new and innovative ways to help your students catch up with cutting edge acceleration strategies? Well, I can help!

I have designed this seminar to provide you with the four key steps that can double the speed of your students’ learning. Yes, you heard me. That means that if a student enters your classroom a full year behind, and you use these four steps routinely, the student can leave your class on grade level. I want to help you see how to meet the diverse needs in your classroom with easy-to-implement strategies that boost engagement and help your students take ownership for their learning.

During our day together, you’ll understand why teacher clarity is so critical for student achievement. You’ll be introduced to brain-friendly teaching strategies for each of the four key steps that will transform your students into more active learners and independent thinkers.

Join me and experience a productive day of learning filled with highly practical strategies and resources designed to help you make a huge difference in your students’ learning. My goal is to give you an array of ideas and activities you can use the very next day to help your students who have fallen behind catch up more quickly and accelerate learning at all levels in your classroom. I look forward to meeting you and sharing my experiences, strategies and resources with you!

Melissa Dickson

P.S.Armed with a toolkit full of engaging, easy-to-implement strategies and resources, you will leave re-energized, confident, ready to meet your students right where they are, and to effectively accelerate your students’ learning.

Who Should Attend

Specifically Designed for Grades K-6 Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Interventionists, Instructional Coaches, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Specific tools and strategies to help you accelerate student learning
    • Ready-to-use reproducibles for a wide range of accelerated learning strategies
    • Lesson-planning templates you can use immediately to help your students who have fallen behind
    • Valuable and practical information you will want to share with your colleagues

    Registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the IED office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in catching up their grades K-6 students who have fallen behind.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Melissa Dickson will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.