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Readers for Life: Developing & Executing a Vision for Excellent Reading Instruction

  • Teaching Trust 1825 Market Center Boulevard, Suite 260 Dallas, TX, 75207 United States (map)

Series At A Glance

In this five-part workshop, you and your campus team will create a vision for excellent literacy instruction that fosters a love of reading and actively engages all students (even struggling readers) in rigorous reading and literary discourse.

Dates: 8 AM – 12 PM: August 9, August 10, October 23, October 24, December 11

Designed for: Elementary and secondary school teams of 4-5

Cost: Early Bird- $350/person for series (July 17-31); Regular registration- $400/person for series (August 1-4)

Click here for a PDF summary of this series.


Readers for Life: Developing & Executing a Vision for Excellent Reading Instruction

Does your literacy instruction inspire students to love reading and engage deeply with meaningful and rigorous texts? Readers for Life: Developing a Vision for Excellent Reading Instruction, led by literacy expert and consultant Katie Norwood, is designed for elementary and secondary campus teams who want to increase the rigor of their campus' literacy instruction while motivating all students to truly LOVE reading.

Bring your campus team of four to five:

  • a campus leader
  • a literacy instructional coach
  • 2 or more teachers

Practice-based and grounded in actionable learning, you and your team will:

  • create a vision for excellent literacy instruction
  • develop a classroom culture that fosters a love of reading
  • learn assessment strategies that make student thinking/learning visible
  • discover intervention practices for struggling readers and English Language Learners
  • experience and implement active engagement strategies to promote student discourse

Decide if this workshop series is right for your team: Take this short Schoolwide Reading Instruction Diagnostic to determine if your campus is ready to take on this professional development series.

Workshop Dates:

Day 1: Wednesday, August 9th, 8 AM - 12 PM

(with optional planning & implementation support 12 - 2:30PM*)

Student-Centered, Text-Centered Reading Instruction

  • develop a vision for student-centered, text-centered reading instruction

  • learn and practice implementing the Pre/During/Post lesson model using an upcoming class text

*Following the session, campuses who are looking for additional support can choose to schedule a consultancy with Katie Norwood and another school and/or use the Teaching Trust offices for team action planning.

Day 2: Thursday, August 10th, 8 AM - 12 PM

(with optional planning & implementation support 12 - 2:30PM*)

Robust Independent Reading

  • create classroom culture and structures that nurture love of reading with accountability

  • engage in model reading conferences and learn how to take this system back to your campus context

*Following the session, campuses who are looking for additional support can choose to schedule a consultancy with Katie Norwood and another school and/or use the Teaching Trust offices for team action planning.

Day 3: Monday, October 23rd, 8 AM - 12 PM

Assessing Reading

  • unpack formative and summative assessments that make the invisible visible

Day 4: Tuesday, October 24th, 8 AM - 12 PM

Playing Catch-Up When Students Struggle to Read

  • learn and practice reading intervention practices for struggling readers and English Language Learners

Day 5: Monday, December 11th, 8 AM - 12 PM            

Student Discourse During Reading

  • equip yourselves and your students to take talk time to the next level using active engagement, Questioning the Author, and book clubs

 

Participants are eligible to receive 20 Continuing Professional Development (CPE) credits (*see FAQs for more information)

 

Presenter

Katie Norwood

Katie Norwood

Katie has worked in education for 13 years, most notably as a 7th grade English teacher, English Content Director, and Director of Academic Support for YES Prep Public Schools in Houston. As an English teacher, Katie’s students consistently outperformed state testing averages, and she won the Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009.

Katie has helped build the YES Prep middle school English curriculum and district assessments from scratch and has trained English teachers across the state and country.  Katie has also worked as a district ELL Coordinator, librarian, Electives Content Director, and IB Coordinator.  Katie worked at Uplift Education in Dallas for two years where she taught 7th grade English and served as Dean of Instruction.

Katie has her BBA in marketing from Texas A&M University and her MA in English education from Columbia University in New York City.  Katie currently resides in Bettendorf, Iowa with her husband Brent and daughters Ava (4) and Ella (2) and works as a literacy consultant.


By registering for this workshop, you agree to:

  • Attend all five sessions
  • Act on your learning by 1) selecting strategies from the training to implement on your campus and 2) implementing those strategies with fidelity
  • Share evidence of implementation (e.g. video clips, assessment results, student work, etc.) with your colleagues and Teaching Trust
  • Be photographed and/or videotaped, and for Teaching Trust to use your image, likeness, and/or statements made for media and marketing purposes. For more information about our media release practice, please contact the event organizer.


FAQs

How do I know if this workshop series is a good fit for my campus?

Decide if this workshop series is right for your team: Take this short Schoolwide Reading Instruction Diagnostic to determine if your campus is ready to take on this professional development series.

What is the cost to attend?

During Early Bird registration (July 17-31), the cost is $350 per person for the entire series (five sessions).

During the regular registration window (August 1-August 4), the cost per person is $400 per person for the entire series (five sessions).

 

When is the deadline to register?

The final deadline to register is Friday, August 4, 2017, at 11:30pm CST or when capacity is reached:

  • Early Bird Registration is open from Monday, July 17 until Monday, July 31, 2017, at 11:30pm CST.
  • Regular registration is open from Tuesday, August 1 through Friday, August 4, 2017, at 11:30pm CST.

 

Can I bring a guest from my campus?

Yes. In fact, we encourage it! We encourage registration in campus teams of four to five, including a school leader, instructional coach, and 2 or more teachers.  Guests do NOT have to be Teaching Trust participants or alumni to attend.

If you are registering guests, please have the following information ready for each guest upon checkout:

  • guest name
  • campus
  • role
  • email address
  • cell phone number
  • special accommodations  

 

I can no longer attend the event. Does Teaching Trust offer refunds?

Unfortunately, Teaching Trust cannot offer refunds once an order has been placed. However, you may substitute another individual from your campus. All campus leaders will be asked to provide final registration/attendee information for members of their campus teams by Friday, August 4, 2017.

To change attendees from your campus team, please email Haley Pittman at hpittman@teachingtrust.org.

 

How do I earn CPE credits?

Participants are eligible to receive 20 CPE credits for their positive participation in the training series. At the conclusion of the series, participants will be awarded all hours (20) or no hours (0) based on: 

  • Attendance at all five training sessions. Late arrivals or early departures by more than a half hour will count as an absence.
  • Completion of end-of-session surveys

No partial credits will be awarded.

 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For questions or concerns about the training, please contact Haley Pittman at hpittman@teachingtrust.org.

 

Please expect to receive a full logistics memo, including complete event information, pre-work, and other important logistics, in late July.