Countdown to Reading STAAR

Virtual Seminar

February 8, 2020 / 9am to 11am CST

Intentional Practice

During this seminar, learn strategies to get students analyzing the text. Experience activities and projects that target specific STAAR reading and writing processes, skills and strategies. Discover the difference between test review and test practice and how to incorporate both into daily instruction. You will leave with ideas and activities to help you create an action plan that maximizes practice time and provides “just right” practice for each student. Learn motivation and goal setting techniques to use with students.

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 Writing.

Benefits of Attending

  1. Examine ALL the ways students have to make inferences about the text.
  2. Explore strategies that make students aware of the author's motives, purpose, and technique.
  3. Plan for inquiry based learning where students are at the analysis level.
  4. Focus on authentic practice opportunities that engage and promote discussions.
  5. See ways to integrate writing and social studies.
  6. Learn ways to make the spring semester FUN for all!
  7. And much more!


"It was a great interactive experience. I love being able to follow along and ask questions or make comments as needed. The instructors were knowledgeable and shared so many ideas. It was nice to have facilitators who know the struggles we face in our classrooms and who give us ideas we can implement immediately to overcome those barriers. " -Nelda

"Great job overall! I enjoyed that we weren't given a binder with pages to flip through. It was a smooth process following along with the presentation." - Daniel

"I thought everything was planned really well and the ideas were great!" - Kelly L.

Meet the Presenters

Kelly Harmon, MAEd, is an international educational consultant with more than 25 years of experience working in early childhood to university level classrooms. Her passion for learning has led her from teaching to leadership roles. In 1998, she began working with districts and campuses in South Texas, providing grant management, literacy workshops, and instructional coaching. In 2002, she joined the Bureau of Education and Research (BER) to present seminars for literacy and technology across the United States and Canada. In 2012, Learning Sciences International Marzano Center invited her to join their team as a staff developer for the Marzano Evaluation Model and the Essentials of Rigor.

Randi Anderson is an educational consultant and blogger with over 10 years of experience. She taught third and fourth grade at title one schools in the DFW area before transitioning into the consultant role. Before entering the classroom, Randi studied early childhood education and English as a second language at The University of Texas at Austin (Hook Em'). She has a strong passion for making reading and writing authentic and engaging for all students. Randi specializes in providing seminars, model teaches, and instructional coaching to districts across the state of Texas.

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Registration Information


$79 Per Participant

We offer group discounts for groups of 6+.

2 Hours of Professional Development Credit Will Be Awarded

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR REGISTRATION FORM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, EVEN IF IT IS AHEAD OF YOUR PAYMENT. This will let us know to reserve you a seat for the training in the event we have a sold out event.

You can register Online or by emailing in your PDF registration form. Register online below.


Credit Card

To pay by credit card, call our office at (817) 583-1290. We will send you a link to pay your registration fee online through our billing system. Credit Card payments must be received before the date of the seminar to receive the official link to the training.

Purchase Order

To pay by purchase order, submit your district PO by email. Please make PO's payable to Kelly Harmon & Associates. Purchase Orders must be received before the date of the seminar to receive the official link to the training. Please contact us if you require a W9 form.


To pay by check, please make checks payable to Kelly Harmon & Associates and mail to 374 Lantana Crossing Spring Branch, TX 78070. Checks must be received before the date of the seminar to receive the official link to the training.

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Countdown to Reading STAAR Virtual Seminar

Saturday, Feb. 8th, 9am

This is an online event.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

More Seminars Offered The Spring

Reading Between the Lines: Making Inferences, Synthesizing, & Analyzing the Text

March 2nd, 2020

8:30am to 3:30pm

San Antonio, TX

March 5th, 2020

8:30am to 3:30pm

Dallas, TX

In this interactive training, educators will learn ways to get students engaged in critical thinking. Focus on strategies to get the students doing the thinking, which will result in the student's doing the learning. Hear information on synthesizing, thinking of the author and their use of structure, literary elements and much more! Empower your students to be in productive discussions with peers and take in new, or different, perspectives. Challenge your students to write short answer responses that include elements from their favorite authors. Inspire students to read and write using favored authors! Visit the official seminar flyer.