Literature Circles 101


March 24th, 2018 / 9:30am -12:30pm CST

Saturday Seminar

Creating Strategic and Independent Readers!

Learn how to establish literature and inquiry circles in your classroom in this interactive virtual workshop! Discuss ways to host student-led, small group discussions about texts they have read or listened to independently. Walk away with ideas for incorporating student interests, comprehension strategies, and the gradual release of responsibility in independent reading. This is a mini-seminar you will not want to miss!

Who Should Attend?

Educators in grades 2nd through 8th, Interventionist, Special Education Staff, RTI Support Staff, Title Reading Teachers, Instructional Specialists, Resources Teachers, and any Staff Working With Students in the Area of ELAR.

Topics Covered

  • Engaging All Students in Student-led Discussion Groups-Even the Striving or Apathetic Reader!
  • Using Discussion Prompts to Help Students Think Analytically About Texts
  • Creating Conditions for Successful Literature Circles
  • Choosing "Just Right" Texts for Student Choices
  • Integrating Comprehension Strategy Practice, including Making Inferences and Connections Within and Across Texts
  • Ways to Develop Student Autonomy in Critical Thinking
  • Using the The Gradual Release of Responsibility to Establish Independent Reading Behaviors that Last a Lifetime
  • Learn the Essential Roles for Literature and Inquiry Circles
  • Ways to Ensure that Students Use Accountable Talk During Discussions
  • Help Students Deepen Their Thinking about This Text and Transfer to Future Texts
  • Developing Students' Listening and Speaking Skills
  • Incorporate Student Interests into the Reading Classroom
  • Use Inquiry to Intrinsically Motivate the Unmotivated Learner
  • And Much More!

Meet The Presenters

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 strategies for at-risk learners, guided reading and math Instruction, RTI, technology integration, reading, writing, and instructional strategies highly effective teachers use to increase student achievement. Ms. Harmon works as an instructional coach for schools and districts across the United States. In addition to consulting, she also works with the Bureau of Education and Research, as well as Learning Sciences International, Marzano Center.

Randi Anderson is an elementary educator, blogger, and staff developer with 10 years of experience. She taught third and fourth grade in Title one schools in the Fort Worth area. Before entering the classroom, Mrs. Anderson 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 all students.


"Ideas that can be implemented day 1! Entertaining training. You 2 make a great team!" - Thelma

"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

Literature Circles 101 Online Seminar

Saturday, March 24th, 9:30am

This is an online event.

March 24th, 2018 / 9:30am-12:30pm CST


$99 per participant

Contact us for early bird or group discounts!

Early Bird Discount in offered through February 24, 2018.

3 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 by faxing, Calling, or Emailing your registration form in.


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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 the the training.

Purchase Order

To pay by purchase order, submit your district PO by email or fax. 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.


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Interested in Learning More or Bringing This Training to Your Campus?

We provide onsite and online 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 our trainings and rates! (817) 583-1290.

Kelly Harmon's Book!

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!

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.