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Maximize READING Instruction: Using Conferring and Flexible Small Groups to Accelerate Student Success (Grades K-2)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Beth Knoedelseder

Outstanding Educator and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for K-2 Teachers, Reading Specialists, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff and Administrators

  • Practical and innovative ways to increase the reading skills of your K-2 students
  • Dozens of the latest, highly effective reading activities and strategies you can use immediately
  • Timesaving strategies to organize the structure of your reading time for the greatest impact
  • Receive an extensive resource handbook filled with a wealth of ideas, strategies, tips and tools for strengthening your reading instruction

Practical Strategies

This NEW seminar will focus on increasing the reading achievement of grades K-2 students using innovative and student-proven strategies that will work with conferring, flexible small groups and whole group instruction. Master teacher, Beth Knoedelseder, will provide you with research-based strategies, new methods and ready-to-use activities to help you better meet the wide range of student needs in learning to read. Throughout this idea-packed day you will receive classroom-proven ideas for teaching reading comprehension, fluency, decoding and vocabulary, as well as numerous ways to weave reading in throughout the day to provide students more time to practice reading skills in meaningful ways that they will enjoy.

You will leave this seminar with a wealth of highly practical ideas along with a new, refreshing look at ways to bring the joy back to reading! In addition, you will receive an extensive resource handbook that will help you immediately implement all of the ideas and strategies shared when you return to your own classroom.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Learn New Tools and Strategies to Improve Reading Skills
    Increase your instructional power with research-based tools and strategies … What works with flexible small groups, conferring and whole group instruction
  2. Discover When to Use Flexible Small Groups vs. Whole Group Instruction
    Practical strategies to strengthen your reading instruction and better target your students' needs to maximize reading growth
  3. Refresh Your Toolkit When Working with Small Groups
    New, innovative ways to maximize your small group instruction … Practical ways to differentiate your reading instruction
  4. Timesaving Ideas to Teach More in Less Time – High-Impact, Low-Prep Strategies
    Save time throughout your day with these high-impact, low-prep strategies that will help you to work smarter, not harder whether you are conferring, working with flexible, small groups or teaching a whole group lesson
  5. Greatly Accelerate Your Students' Vocabulary to Increase Their Reading Development
    We know that the more words you know the better you read – learn ways to catch students up and accelerate their vocabulary while pushing your more advanced students further
  6. Increase Active Discussion to Boost Overall Higher Order Thinking and Processing Skills
    Specific questioning techniques to engage students in active, purposeful talk … Strategies to deepen your students' questioning during conferring
  7. Target Specific Instructional Needs
    Use varied texts and structure to strengthen small group instruction … Practical strategies to elevate the effectiveness of your flexible small group reading instruction
  8. New Ideas to Increase Students' Reading Achievement
    Refresh your whole group and small group instruction with strategies that will teach key reading skills and concepts to increase students' retention and understanding … Ideas for all your students from the struggling to more advanced learners
  9. Tips and Techniques for Assessing Students for Targeted Instruction
    Discover different ways to assess students formatively in flexible small groups, during whole group instruction and while conferring with individual students in grades K-2
  10. Receive a Comprehensive Resource Handbook
    Dozens of resources designed specifically for teachers of K-2 students to target the skills needed to increase reading achievement … You'll leave with a comprehensive resource handbook

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Strengthen your reading instruction with strategy-based lessons to target specific reading skills
  • Highly effective strategies for conferring, small group and whole group reading instruction
  • Specific suggestions and ideas to strengthen your reading lessons with flexible small groups and whole group instruction
  • Formative assessment ideas for focused and targeted reading instruction for both small and whole groups
  • Accelerate reading progress using specific strategies for purposeful talk to get your students thinking at higher levels
  • Increase vocabulary growth for all students from the struggling to more advanced readers
  • New strategies for prioritizing and organizing your reading block more efficiently for greater results
  • Differentiation ideas to focus on students' strengths and interests for greater engagement
  • High-impact, low-prep strategies to do more in less time
  • Creative ways to use poetry to increase fluency and comprehension
  • Specific before, during and after reading strategies to increase students' reading growth
  • Creative ideas to impact student learning through music, movement and art
  • Immediately useable tools and strategies to keep students engaged and ensure active participation in learning to read
  • Learn when learning logs are best used for small group vs. whole group to improve student achievement
  • Ways you can use mentor texts to deepen thinking and build vocabulary
  • Provide rigor and graduated difficulty to meet students at their level using flexible small groups
  • Engage all types of readers through multi-modal techniques

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

I have always been proud to be an educator. My earliest memories of learning are when I sat at my mother's side while she washed the dishes. She was my first teacher as she used unique tools and strategies to teach me skills while I thought it was just playing! As a teacher of reading, I always search for exciting and practical ideas to help my students learn in fun, highly motivating ways. I look forward to sharing these practical ideas and strategies with you!

I am excited to share with you dozens of tips, tools and student-proven strategies that I know work well to help our young, K-2 students learn to read. Regardless of what reading model or program you use, these strategies can easily fit into what you are currently doing. I will give you dozens of ideas to organize your reading time, strategies to incorporate throughout your day to make reading real for students, assessment tips and ideas, and how you can better focus on the specific reading needs of your students – using a combination of conferring, flexible small groups and whole group instruction.

I hope you will join me for a fast-paced day of new, practical ideas to enhance your reading instruction in ways that will increase reading achievement and engage your students so they enjoy learning and you enjoy teaching!

Beth Knoedelseder

P.S. You will also receive an extensive resource handbook filled with ideas and strategies you can use immediately to enhance your current reading program.

Who Should Attend

K-2 Teachers, Reading Specialists, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • A bibliography of books to use as mentor texts
    • Practical resources to enhance your reading instruction
    • Tools and strategies to increase your students' reading achievement
    • Vocabulary activities and organizers to enhance your reading instruction
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in increasing the reading skills of their grades K-2 students.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Beth Knoedelseder will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own reading program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, 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.