Developing Critical Readers

Engaging Students in Authentic and Rigorous Reading Workshop

June 9, 2016 / San Antonio, TX

Teach Critical Thinking Strategies and Provide "Just Right" Practice

Imagine every student in your classroom engaged in critical thinking while reading! Join Kelly Harmon for a day full of authentic and rigorous reading strategies and activities to transform the way you differentiate reading in your classroom! Explore guided and close reading lessons that engage students and connect to real world literacy learning!

Specifically designed for educators in grades 1st-8th Grades

Topics Covered

  • Close VS. Critical Reading
  • Effective Guided Reading Instruction
  • When and How to Engage Students in Close Reading Tasks
  • Critical Figure 19 Thinking Skills Proficient Readers Use
  • 5 Steps for Planning and Teaching Small Group Lessons
  • Purposeful Text Annotations
  • Writing Responses to Reading
  • Reading for Authentic Purposes
  • Engaging Students in Rich Text Discussion That Deepens Understanding
  • Gradually Increasing Text Complexity
  • Using technology in Reading & Writing Instruction
  • Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry Text Sources for Small Group Reading
  • Example Lesson Plans and Tips for Planning
  • And Much More!!!

Goals of the Seminar

  • Understand tenets of effective small group reading instruction
  • Identify critical thinking strategies and ways to engage students in applying the strategies to deepen comprehension
  • Use real world topics to engage students
  • Identify and explain comprehension strategies (Figure 19)
  • Examine and implement authentic, rigorous reading practice activities for grades 1-8
  • Explore engagement strategies for struggling students

Meet the Presenter

Kelly Harmon is a national presenter who has more than 24 years of experience working with at-risk students. She presents on a wide range of topics including RTI, technology, and reading, writing, and strategies for highly effective teachers. She works as an instructional coach for schools and districts across the United States. She also works with the Bureau of Education and Research, as well as Learning Sciences Marzano Center.


"Wonderful workshop! Wish we had another day to learn even more!"

- Jennifer, TX

"I'm excited to use all the wonderful ideas I learned today with my class!"

- Olga, TX

"So many ideas! Very engaging presenter!"

-Sarah, TX

Developing Critical Readers Workshop

Thursday, June 9th, 8:30am

77 Northeast Interstate 410 Loop

San Antonio, TX


Holiday Inn- San Antonio Airport (North Star Mall)

77 NE Interstate 410 Loop

San Antonio, TX


8:00am - 8:30am Registration

8:30am - 11:30am Morning Session

Lunch is on your own.

12:30pm - 3:30pm Afternoon Session


Wifi will be provided

B.Y.O.D. (Bring your own device)

6 hours of professional development earned

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Registration Information


$195 per participant

Administrators attend for FREE with registration of 3 or more teachers!

**10% discount for groups booking 3 or more! ($175 Per Person)

*** Register for 2 or more days of our Summer 2016 Professional Development and receive a 10% discount on each day's price! ($175 per day)

You can register by Faxing, Calling, or Emailing your registration form in.

Purchase Orders are accepted.

Please Make Checks or Purchase Orders out to Kelly Harmon & Associates

Call (817) 583-1290

Fax (972) 369-7327


For more Information please contact us today!

Other Workshops Offerings

Summer 2016

June 8, 2016: The First 25 Days of School for ELAR: Establishing Routines & Relationships

June 10, 2016: Best Apps, Digital Tools, & Websites

We offer all of our workshops as onsite trainings! Contact us for more information!

Check Out Kelly Harmon's Book!

Kelly Harmon & Robert Marzano teamed up to write Practicing Skills, Strategies, & Processes. The book is part of the Essentials for Achieving Rigor Series.

Practicing Skills, Strategies, & Processes: Classroom Techniques to Help Students Develop Proficiency explores explicit techniques for mastering this crucial strategy of instructional practice. It includes:

  • Explicit steps for implementation
  • Recommendations for monitoring students’ ability to develop fluent thinking
  • Adaptations for students who struggle, have special needs, or excel in learning
  • Examples and non-examples from classroom practice
  • Common mistakes and ways to avoid them

For more information click here!