Countdown to ELAR STAAR Workshop

Planning for Authentic & Rigorous Practice

February 27, 2017 / San Antonio, TX

Specifically designed for Grades 3-12, 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 ELAR.

Meaningful Practice for Developing Proficiency!

During this seminar, experience and create activities and games 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 an action plan that maximizes practice time and provides “just right” practice activities and games for each student.

Topics Covered

  • Goal Setting and Self-Assessments Strategies to keep your Students Accountable
  • Using Data to Plan Instruction that is Intentional & WORKS!
  • Using Grouping Strategies to Form Groups Focused on Specific Standards Based on Student Needs
  • Research-Based Strategies for Guided and Independent Practice
  • Differentiated Activities for Targeting Instructional Practice for Readiness and Supporting Standards
  • Intervention Plans & Activities for Struggling Students
  • Powerful Digital Resources & Tools for Engaging Students in Rigorous Practice
  • Figure 19-The Meta-Cognition Strategies
  • The 4 C's of STAAR Reading
  • Reading Responses with Rigor
  • Reciprocal Teaching Tools
  • Questioning Strategies
  • Research-Based Writing Strategies
  • Genre Tips and Tricks
  • Understanding Non-Formulaic Writing
  • Revision Strategies that Make the Most Difference
  • Grammar Instruction Tools
  • Games that Review and Provide Just-Right Practice
  • Activities for Increasing Writing Quality
  • Instructional Strategies that Keep Students Thinking Positively about the Test
  • Meaningful Test Taking Strategies
  • Avoiding Common Test Practice Mistakes
  • Ideas for Creating STAAR Camps and Practice During the Days Leading Up To The Test
  • Calendar Mapping & Lesson Planning

Meet The Presenter

Kelly Harmon is a national presenter & author who has more than 24 years of experience working with at-risk students. She presents on a wide range of topics including RTI, technology, reading, writing, and strategies for highly effective teachers. 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 Marzano Center.

Countdown to STAAR Workshop for ELAR

Monday, Feb. 27th, 8:30am

850 Halm Boulevard

San Antonio, TX

The location is the La Quinta San Antonio Airport

Registration Begins at 8:00am

Morning Session: 8:30am-11:30am

Lunch on your own

Afternoon Session: 12:30pm-3:30pm


Wifi is provided

We encourage you to bring an iPad or laptop.

6 Hours of Professional Development

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Registration Information


$199 per participant

Principals attend for FREE with registration of 3 or more teachers!

10% discount for groups booking 3 or more! ($179.10 per person)

You can register by faxing, Calling, or Emailing your registration form in.

Purchase Orders are accepted.

Please Make Checks or Purchase Orders out to Kelly Harmon & Associates.

Call (817) 583-1290

Fax (972) 369-7327


For more Information Please contact us!


"Three thumbs up! Loved all your ideas. You two are an awesome team!" -Olga G.

"Very meaningful seminar! Being able to apply a hands on approach where students are able to take ownership in their learning across the content is great!" -Corina G.

"Best one yet! Loved it! Great resources & strategies!" - Lindsay T.

"High energy, interesting presentation! Very useful information and materials!" Luis P.

Check Out 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

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.