Independent Reading & Conferencing

For teachers leading grades 3 through 8

The Southern Indiana Education Center is happy to welcome April Connelly from INcompassing Education to facilitate this session. Many elementary and middle-level teachers are concerned about making the most of independent reading time while also wondering how to manage students, what questions to ask, or how to set goals with readers. If you have the same questions and concerns, this is an excellent session for you.


Voluminous reading has countless benefits including the acquisition of vocabulary, background knowledge, and genre exploration. Independent reading rests on two crucial components, access to a wide range of diverse texts and student-teacher collaboration. During this professional learning opportunity, participants will:

  • explore practical ways to incorporate daily reading time into the school day that is purposeful and impacts student success
  • target the why, specifically exploring the importance of voluminous reading
  • dive into access to text, including the role and effective setup practices for classroom libraries
  • explore ways to establish routines and procedures that support independent reading habits
  • learn how to conference with small groups or individual students
  • experience time to reflect and think about your own personal next steps

What a great day of professional learning for all teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators in grades 3 through 8! If interested, see more information and the embedded registration below.

April Connelly, INcompassing Learning

April is a life-long learner and educator with 24 years of experience in elementary and special education. She offers expertise in literacy, including the Science of Reading, instructional coaching, professional learning, and curriculum development.

Prior to joining INcompassing Education, April fulfilled the role of Literacy Specialist working with multiple school districts across the country, as well as an Early Reading Virtual Coach, and Early Reading Training Facilitator. As a District Instructional Coach and E/LA Curriculum Coordinator April focused on bringing written and taught curriculum together. April spent 15 years working directly with students as a Reading Interventionist and Special Education teacher. She is an avid reader and advocates for students to develop life-long reading habits by finding their personal reading identity.

Monday, Feb. 13th, 9am-3pm

Southern Indiana Education Center, 1102 Tree Lane Drive, Jasper, IN, 47546

*This workshop is for Grades 3 through 8 teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators.

*All times are Eastern time zone.

*Lunch is included in the registration.

*Each participant will receive a certificate for 6 Professional Growth Points.

*All participants should bring a laptop to use during the session.

*Registration fee is $135 per person for ESC members ($210 nonmembers)

*See registration link below.