Countdown to ELAR STAAR

Intentional Instruction Leading up to the Assessment

February 1, 2018 / IN-PERSON SEMINAR


Engaging Students in Purposeful Practice

Be a part of a seminar that will rejuvenate your instruction for the months leading up to the ELAR STAAR tests! Learn ways to employ students in the practice of using executive skills, comprehension strategies, and non-formulaic writing. You will discover how to differentiate for your students and naturally engage them in rigorous reading and writing tasks. Educators will focus on how to become strategic when planning for the desired student outcomes using success criteria and learning targets. Also, gain ideas for goal setting and monitoring, collaborative reasoning tasks, discussion circles, and much more!

Who Should Attend?

Specifically designed for Grades 3-8, ELAR teachers, Special Education Staff, Resource Teachers, Title I Staff, Reading Interventionist, Campus Instructional Coaches, Administrators, and any Educators working with students in the area of ELAR.

Benefits of Attending

  • Learn Effective Goal Setting & Monitoring Techniques.
  • Plan for Intentional Practice Tasks that Motivate Students.
  • Take Away Games for Content Review
  • Integrate Collaborative Discussions Into Your Instruction.
  • Reading & Writing integration
  • Employ Students in Comprehension Strategies
  • Gain Knowledge About Inquiry groups & How They Benefit Students
  • Planning Strategically for Interventions
  • See Projects Employ Many Reading & Writing Skills
  • Learn Motivation Techniques
  • Focus on Student Interests & Giving Choice
  • Gain Test Taking Strategies That Work
  • Receive Mentor Text Suggestions
  • Participate in Engaging Fluency Activities
  • Learn Test Review Vs. Test Practice
  • Walk Away With Guided & Independent Practice Ideas
  • Unit Planning & Mapping Guidance Provided
  • And MUCH MORE!

Meet the Trainers

Kelly Harmon is a national presenter & author who has more than 26 years of experience working with at-risk students. She presents on a wide range of topics including Guided Math Instruction, RTI, technology, reading, writing, and strategies for highly effective teachers. Ms. Harmon works as an instructional coach for schools and districts across the United States. In addition to consulting, she works with the Bureau of Education and Research as well as Learning Sciences Marzano Center.

Randi Anderson is an elementary educator, blogger, and staff developer with almost 10 years of experience. She taught third and fourth grade in title one schools in the Fort Worth area. Before entering the classroom, Randi studied early childhood education and English as a second language at The University of Texas at Austin. She has a strong passion for making reading and writing authentic and engaging for her students.


"Great ideas! I plan on implementing first thing next week! Thank you!" -Lisa

"Powerful strategies that I can use with my students. Walking away full of ideas." -Tracy

"Fun and energetic training! Loved singing and role playing out the ideas presented." -Maria

Check Out Kelly Harmon's Book on Practice!

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!

Registration Info


$225 Per Participant

We offer early bird & group discounts. Please contact for more info.

How to Register:

You can email or fax in your registration form & purchase order. Download a registration form below.

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Fax to: (972) 369-7327

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If you plan to pay by credit card, please call to pay with our office.

Please contact us with any other questions or needs you may have at (817) 583-1290

Countdown to ELAR STAAR Workshop

Thursday, Feb. 1st, 8:30am to Friday, Feb. 2nd, 10:30am

Plano, TX, United States

Plano, TX

Agenda for the Day

9:00am -12:00pm Morning Session

12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Break

1:00pm - 4:00pm Afternoon Session

6 Hours of Professional Development Credit will be Awarded

B.Y.O.D (Bring Your Own Device)

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Interested in Bringing This Training to Your District?

Great! We provide onsite seminars for schools and districts. Our trainings can be customized to meet the specific needs of your students and staff. Contact our us for more information on the trainings and rates! (817) 583-1290.

Kelly Harmon & Associates, LLC

Kelly Harmon & Associates began in 2001 with a mission of instructional coaching and providing rich literacy resources for educators and parents. Our work incorporates research-based best practices for teaching and learning. Our services are professional development, curriculum development, instructional coaching, grant writing, project management, and technology integration.