ESC Region 11 Literacy Newsletter

Winter Edition

Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Trainings

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I Heart Books: Using Literature to Engage, Teach, and Grow

6th - 12th Grade

December 3rd

8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


Before students can read complex texts with confidence, they must first become engaged readers. We will learn interactive strategies such as literature circles, book clubs, book talks, independent book study, and individual reading conferences that will draw students into a love of reading for years to come.

Deepening Independence in Readers and Writers Workshop: Engaging and Purposeful Student-Centered Experiences

Kindergarten - 5th Grade

December 4th

8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


Are you concerned that your students are not participating in meaningful learning experiences while you are pulling small groups or conferring? Do you want to cut back on worksheets and provide your students with more engaging work while they are working independently? This session will include instructional ideas that will deepen independence in reading and writing. It will include student-centered experiences for independent work, partner work, and small-group learning. Classroom routines, instruction, and assessment will be shared with classroom examples.

Effective Early Childhood Instruction for Young ELs

Pre-Kindergaren - Kindergarten

December 9th

8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


This course will provide teachers and administrators with a better understanding of how to design early childhood instruction to meet the needs of young English learners' (ELs) language development and examine the critical areas of academic success.

SLAR TEKS - What is the Difference?

ESL Teachers

December 11th

8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


By attending this session, participants will have an opportunity to identify the language-specific differences in the revised ELAR and SLAR TEKS.

Fourth-Grade Writing: Let's Do It!

4th Grade

December 17th

January 7th

8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


Participants will have an opportunity to analyze the STAAR writing assessment to identify the best instructional supports for their students as they prepare to take the state assessment.

Phonics Instruction in Threes: The What, Why, and How!

3rd - 5th Grade

January 13th

8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


Teachers will have an opportunity to analyze the revised TEKS that target phonics instruction in grades 3-5. In addition, they will be able to apply their knowledge to various instructional contexts.

ELAR TEKS Overview for Teachers, K-4

Kindergarten - 4th Grade

January 16th

8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


Participants will closely read and deconstruct the revised ELAR TEKS for implementation. Participants will review the current and revised TEKS and thoroughly analyze the verbs and potential outcomes. There will be a chance to practice with each strand in order to fully understand what students are asked to know and do with an emphasis on vertical alignment in grade-level bands.

Guided Reading, Strategy Groups, and Conferring, Oh My! (K-2)

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

January 22nd

8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


In this class, you will dive deep into guided reading, strategy groups, and conferring to bring your readers and writers to the next level. You will get in-depth information and hands-on experience in all three areas of small-group instruction. Teachers will leave with a strategies toolkit to use in small-group instruction and many resources to assist in the planning and implementation of small-group instruction.

Jennifer Serravallo's Writing Strategies: A Three-Part Series

Kindergarten - 5th Grade

January 27th, February 26th, April 16th

8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


Jennifer Serravallo has condensed writing best practices into 300 strategies! In this three-part series, we will chunk the most high-yield approaches for your students so they can deepen their writing skills. Participants will receive a copy of Serravallo's popular text with the intention that they will engage in action research with their own students by putting into practice what we explore in the face-to-face sessions. The three days will be dynamic and organic, and will allow teachers to also share their own findings. Teachers will leave with a writing toolkit that they can use in their classroom immediately.

Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors: Student Identity in Literacy

6th - 8th Grade

January 28th

8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


In this session, you will examine the ways that literacy and identity are connected. You will learn the various ways texts can impact students in their self-perception as well as how they see the world. You will gain strategies in selecting texts that offer authentic representation and instructional strategies that both increase literacy skills and build a community of equity and respect in your classroom.

Set Sail with Phonics

Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

January 29th

8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


Join us on a learning journey as we set sail to discover the treasures of phonological awareness and phonics in your pre-kindergarten to second-grade classroom. In this course, participants will learn about research-based and effective ways to implement foundational literacy skills. You will also have the opportunity to engage and create multiple activities to take back to your classroom. These valuable resources can be incorporated into any phonological awareness or phonics curriculum. Come embark on this learning journey!

Literacy Fusion

Kindergarten - 5th Grade

January 30th

9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.


In this class, participants will learn how to fuse all content areas in elementary through a critical literacy lens. Come join us and learn how to integrate literacy into all that you teach! You will leave with book lists, games, tech tools, and activities to implement immediately!

CIRCLE Preschool Foundations (Two-Day Training)

Pre-Kindergarten

February 3 & 4

8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.


The CIRCLE Preschool Foundations Training is an interactive, research-based introduction to the CIRCLE Manual activities. The two-day program provides preschool teachers of three- to five-year-old children with an overview of early language and literacy development in young children, based on the most recent scientific research. The sessions are interactive and provide fun, hands-on activities. Upon returning to their classrooms, participants have a deeper understanding of early literacy development and a wealth of ideas for implementation. Components include Best Practices, Language Development, Letter Knowledge, Phonological Awareness, Written Expression, Read Aloud, and Mathematics. Participants must attend both days to receive credit. The session fee covers the cost of the CIRCLE Teacher's Manual with all the workshop activities.

ELAR TEKS Overview for Teachers, 9-12

9th - 12th Grades

February 4th

8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


Participants will closely read and deconstruct the revised ELAR TEKS for implementation. Participants will review the current and revised TEKS and thoroughly analyze the verbs and potential outcomes. There will be a chance to practice with each strand in order to fully understand what students are asked to know and do with an emphasis on vertical alignment in grade-level bands.

The Heart of Differentiation: Guided Reading for Grades 3-6!

3rd - 6th Grade

February 11th

8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


Participants will walk away with an understanding of what guided reading really is. They will also have an opportunity to dive into their assessment data and instructional materials to support their students in guided reading.

ELAR TEKS Overview for Teachers, 5-8

5th - 8th Grade

February 12th

8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


Participants will closely read and deconstruct the revised ELAR TEKS for implementation. Participants will review the current and revised TEKS and thoroughly analyze the verbs and potential outcomes. There will be a chance to practice with each strand in order to fully understand what students are asked to know and do with an emphasis on vertical alignment in grade-level bands.

CIRCLE Make-N-Take

Pre-Kindergarten

February 12th

8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


Building on what was learned in CIRCLE Preschool Foundations training, teachers will revisit key topics and create materials that will be ready to use in their classroom instruction. Be ready to create, practice, and prepare for success with your young learners! Participants should bring their own CIRCLE manual.

Prerequisite: CIRCLE Foundations Training Supply Fee: $20 (will cover your materials)

The Lone Star Literacy Institute 2019, Grades 6-8

6th - 8th Grade

February 18th & 19th

8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


The Lone Star Literacy Institute for grades 6-8 is a two-day learning experience designed to immerse district facilitators into an effective literacy block. Learners will engage in using a balanced literacy approach to assist teachers with integrating reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking into literacy instruction for all students. Participants will also receive assessment, differentiation, and classroom management techniques necessary to provide responsive, differentiated instruction in the middle school classroom. Participants will leave with strategies, tools, and resources to implement in the classroom immediately.

ELAR TEKS Deep Dive for Curriculum Writers, 9-12

9th - 12th Grade

February 26th & 27th

8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


Participants will deconstruct the revised ELAR TEKS so they feel ready to engage in curriculum writing and crafting of assessments at the campus or district level. A side-by-side analysis of current and revised TEKS will be reviewed as well as a thorough analysis of the verbs and potential outcomes at a mastery level. Participants will have a chance to practice with each strand in order to fully understand what students are asked to know and do with an emphasis on vertical alignment in grade-level bands.

Professional Book Recommendations

Below are a few of our favorite books. Enjoy!

Children's Book Recommendations

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Tech Tools

Literator

Literator is a reading intervention tool that helps teachers gather on-the-spot data and use it to plan guided reading instruction. Using the free iOS and Android app — or the paid web platform — teachers confer with students and make observations with the help of 2,000 relevant question stems and prompts to support the skills assessment process. Once a student demonstrates mastery of skills and is ready to advance to the next reading level, the teacher taps a button to "level up" the student.
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Nearpod

Nearpod is a cross-platform, device agnostic, and easy-to-use way to (1) engage your students with interactive activities, (2) connect them through collaborative discussions, and (3) gain instant insight into student learning through formative assessments.
What Is Nearpod?

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