Creating Strategic Readers

Two-Day Conference

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November 16 - 17, 2017 / San Antonio, TX

Reading Proficiency is the Goal!

Gain a full understanding of the skills, strategies, and process proficient reader know and use! Spend the first day examining ways to boost students' fluency while teaching phonemic awareness and phonics skills. Learn ways to progress monitor and assess students to determine strengths and areas of growth.. On Day 2, educators will dive into the world of guided reading instruction and how that is implemented successfully along with ideas and activities to boost students comprehension. Discover ways to get students motivated to read a variety of texts. Walk away with ready-to-use ideas and resources for creating proficient readers in your classroom!

Who Should Attend?

Specifically designed for educators working with grades K-12, Instructional Coaches, Team Leaders, ESL teachers, Administrators, Curriculum Coordinators, RTI Leaders, Title staff, and Special Education teachers.

Conference Structure

November 16, 2017: From Phonics to Fluency

Empower your students to read Fluently!

Phonics and fluency go hand-and-hand because they are both essential components of a proficient reader. Join Kelly Harmon this fall to boost your knowledge of how to take your students from just sounding out words to reading smoothly with expression! Explore engaging activities that will get your students fluently reading in no time. Plus explore ways to boost reading comprehension skills!

Topics Covered

  • Authentic and engaging ideas for teaching phonics & fluency
  • Igniting a passion for reading
  • Strategies for developing accuracy and automaticity
  • Authentic classroom practice for fluency development
  • Techniques and activities for decoding and encoding
  • Fluency Practice Ideas
  • Techniques and activities to develop reading fluency and comprehension
  • Spelling Instruction Strategies
  • Word Work strategies & activities that build word knowledge
  • Assessment ideas for phonics and fluency
  • Lesson Planning Guidance
  • Analyzing grade level expectations for Phonics, Fluency, and Vocabulary
  • And Much More!!

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November 17, 2017: Guiding Readers to Proficiency

Strategies for developing rigorous readers!

Learn strategies for assessing your students’ reading needs and planning instruction to accelerate reading achievement. Participants will explore a variety of differentiation methods for grouping students for reading instruction.

Topics Covered

  • Balanced Literacy Instruction
  • Book Talks
  • Shared Reading Instruction
  • Close Reading Strategies
  • Interactive Read Alouds
  • 5 Steps for Effective Guided Reading Instruction
  • Grouping Strategies
  • Comprehension Focused (Figure 19)
  • Effective Literature Circles
  • Choosing "Just Right Texts"
  • Literacy Management Strategies
  • Model Lessons
  • Critical Reading Vs. Close Reading
  • Text Resource Suggestions
  • Small Group Instruction Strategies
  • Progress Monitoring Ideas
  • Formative Assessment Examples
  • Processing and Practicing Strategies

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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 Guided Math Instruction, 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.

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


"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.

Registration Information


Attend both days for $425 or just one day for $225 per participant.

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Creating Exceptional Readers Conference

Thursday, Nov. 16th, 8:30am

850 Halm Boulevard

San Antonio, TX

Location is the La Quinta Inn San Antonio Airport

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

8:30am - 3:30pm

Lunch on Your Own Each Day

Friday, November 17th, 2017

8:30am - 3:30pm

12 Hours of Professional Learning Credit Will be Earned by Each Participant

Each participant will receive a handout of resources and an online code to to access products discussed.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Practicing Skills, Strategies, & Processes

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

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Want to Bring This Training to Your District?

Great! We provide onsite 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 the trainings and rates! (817) 583-1290.

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.