Fall Literacy Newsletter

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Upcoming Trainings

Literacy across the Curriculum: Strategies for Every Content

August 1

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

6th - 12th Grade


In this session, teachers of all content areas will engage in strategies that promote student literacy growth. How can reading and writing become a daily integrated activity in any classroom? You will receive ideas, digital tools, texts, and instructional strategies to make the idea of integrating literacy activities feel comfortable and natural. You will engage in practice that will utilize literacy skills to enhance student growth in your specific content.

ELAR TEKS Overview for Teachers

August 1

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

Kindergarten - 4th Grade


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.

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

August 12

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

6th - 12th Grade


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.

Launching A Reader's Workshop Classroom

August 12

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

Kindergarten - 5th Grade


By attending this session, participants will learn how to set up a classroom with routines and procedures to facilitate small-group instruction.

John Collins' Writing Across the Curriculum

August 21

9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

K-12


We're excited to welcome John Collins to ESC Region 11 to present his Writing Across the Curriculum. The Collins Writing Program provides a proven, unified, research-based writing program that can be used in all classrooms, in all subject areas, and at all grades (K-12). It equips all teachers with writing strategies designed to help students understand and remember content like no other teaching technique.The program is organized around Five Types of Writing and the outcomes expected for each. The Five Types of Writing assignments develop students' essential writing and thinking skills in the context of their everyday classroom learning. The Five Types of Writing framework can be used strategically to meet the unique requirements of each content area, regardless of the type of writing. The program is truly designed for real teachers working under real conditions.

ELAR TEKS Overview for Teachers

August 27th

September 10th

November 5th

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

9th - 12th Grade


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 Lone Star Literacy Institute

August 28 & 29

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

6th - 8th Grade


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.

The Lone Star Literacy Institute

September 3 & 4

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

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade


The Lone Star Literacy Institute for grades K-2 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 the foundational literacy components (along with an introduction to writing) into early literacy instruction for all students. Participants will also receive assessment, guided reading, and classroom management techniques necessary to conduct small groups and provide differentiated instruction. Participants will leave with strategies, tools, and resources to implement in the classroom immediately.

Reading Every Student: Responsive Teaching in the Secondary ELA Classroom (Or How Can I Help My Secondary Struggling Reader?)

September 5

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

6th - 8th Grade


How can I meet the needs of every student in my class? In this session, you will answer this question through a responsive lens. You will gain strategies in differentiating instruction as well as begin moving toward a more interactive, student-centered approach to literacy. Ultimately, you will leave feeling confident in being able to confer with individual students, teach strategies in groups, and utilize various workshop elements with your adolescent students.

Set Sail with Phonics

September 11

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

Pre- Kindergarten - 2nd Grade


Join us on a learning journey as we set sail to discover the treasures of phonological awareness and phonics in your prekindergarten 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!

Learning in Centers for Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers Series (4-Day Training)

September 19, October 16, December 11, January 15

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

Pre- Kindergarten & Kindergarten


In this four-day series, Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers will explore using learning centers as vital extensions of their teaching. Each day highlights a new aspect of incorporating centers into a successful classroom: - Laying the Groundwork - Center Management Systems - Creating Quality Cross-curricular Centers - Making the Most of Assessments

K-2 Core Content Academy

September 25

October 28

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

Kindergarten - 5th Grade


Are you ready for the next six weeks? By attending this academy, teachers will have an opportunity to dive into content-specific lessons for the upcoming six weeks. Based on the TEKS Resource System Scope & Sequence, these sessions will cover concepts that are present in the 2nd six weeks. (Open to all districts) ELAR, Math, Science, Social Studies, and more.

Informational Texts with Social Studies Content

September 26th

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

Kindergarten - 8th Grade


Expository texts are often difficult for young readers to read and understand, but vital to comprehending the world around them. We will share strategies and ideas for integrating Social Studies curriculum while learning to attack and decipher expository texts at the elementary level.

Gettin' Techy With the New ELAR TEKS

September 27

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

Kindergarten - 5th Grade


The ELAR TEKS are here! Join us for a hands-on, interactive session where we will discover, engage, experiment and produce with technology and the newly released ELAR TEKS. We will take our TEKS deep dive and merge it with technology so that participants can learn all about engaging students with technology and the 7 strands. We will cruise into new ports of hands-on learning and embark on how technology can enhance the newly released ELAR TEKS.

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

September 27

November 12

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

3rd - 5th Grade


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

CIRCLE Preschool Foundations (Two-Day Training)

September 30th & October 1st

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

Pre- School


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 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.

Step "Write" Up: Taking Writing Instruction from a Strikeout to a Home Run

October 2

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

7th - 12th Grade


Do you struggle with building stamina, engagement, and purpose in your writers? Do your students see writing as a task, not a tool? In this session, we will examine ways to teach writing that will support the requirements of our new ELAR standards as well as well help students use writing to become critical thinkers. We will engage in activities to help you learn how to use mentor texts in your writing, how to provide students with choice while maintaining the integrity of your instruction, and how to provide real-world application to help students find relevance to their lives in their writing work. Join us as we step up to the plate of championship writing instruction!

Jennifer Serravallo's Reading Strategies Book: A Three-Part Series

October 3, November 11, December 2

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

Pre- Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Jennifer Serravallo has condensed reading 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 reading skills and comprehension. Participants use 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, organic, and will allow teachers to also share their own findings. Teachers will also leave this training with a reading strategies toolkit that can be put to use immediately and Jennifer Serravallo Reading Strategies Book!

ELAR TEKS Deep Dive for Curriculum Writers

October 15 & 16

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

9th - 12th Grade


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.

Patterns of Power

October 17th

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

Kindergarten - 5th Grade


Instead of chanting grammar rules or completing countless convention worksheets, Jeff Anderson and literacy coach Whitney La Rocca invite young writers to explore conventions as special effects devices that activate meaning. Their students study authentic texts and come to recognize these "patterns of power"—the essential grammar conventions that readers and writers require to make meaning. In this training, teachers will leave knowing how to effectively teach grammar and use it as a bridge between readers and writers workshop.

If You're Appy and You Know It...

October 25

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

Pre- Kindergarten - 5th Grade


In this session, you will learn various ways to incorporate technology into literacy, workshop model, and all other content areas. You will have the opportunity to use digital tools for student engagement. Some of the tools include Seesaw, Chatterpix, AdobeSpark, DoInk, Telestory, Epic Books, and so much more! This will be a hands-on, interactive session. You will leave with tons of free resources and digital books to use in your classroom.

Prekindergarten Guidelines - Starting Off Right! (Two-Day Training)

October 25 & 28

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

Pre- Kindergarten


High-quality, early-learning experiences provide a great start for success for prekindergarten students! Come investigate the best practices and current research laid out in the Prekindergarten Guidelines, and learn how to implement them in your classroom to support diverse learners and promote school readiness. This two-day session will provide an interactive overview of the introduction and 10 domains outlined in the Prekindergarten Guidelines: - Social and Emotional Development - Language and Communication - Emergent Literacy - Reading - Emergent Literacy - Writing - Mathematics - Science - Social Studies - Fine Arts - Physical Development - Technology Let's start these young minds off right!

The Lone Star Literacy Institute

October 29 & 30

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

3rd - 5th Grade


The Lone Star Literacy Institute for grades 3-5 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 the foundational literacy components (along with an introduction to writing) into early literacy instruction for all students. Participants will also receive assessment, guided reading, and classroom management techniques necessary to conduct small groups and provide differentiated instruction. Participants will leave with strategies, tools, and resources to implement in the classroom immediately.

Reading Assessments are Done...Now What?

November 5

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

Kindergarten - 5th Grade


By attending this session, participants will walk away with an understanding of how to support their students in small-group instruction based on their assessment data.

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

November 12

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

6th Grade- 12th Grade


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.

CIRCLE Make-N-Take

November 18

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

Pre- Kindergarten


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! Prerequisite: CIRCLE Foundations Training Supply Fee: $20 (will cover your materials) Participants should bring their own CIRCLE manual.

Guided Reading, Strategy Groups, and Conferring, Oh My!

November 19

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

Kindergarten - 4th Grade


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.

Book Love

Below are a few of our favorite children's books and professional books! Enjoy!
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Our Favorite Children's Books

Our Favorite Professional Books

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