Bridging Research to Practice 2015-16

Workshop Series for K-6 School Improvement in Reading

2015 - 2016 school year

The purpose of these small-group workshops is to help school leaders and teachers in grades K-6 learn how to use scientifically-based reading instruction to improve reading achievement. The sessions will focus on organizational change and the development of shared leadership and school-wide collaboration, and may be tailored to meet the specific needs of your school.

The workshops are intended for a team of elementary school staff (administrators, classroom teachers, reading resource teachers, ELL teachers, and special education teachers).  Each team may register for one or more series. Each participant will be awarded 16 CEU clock hours for a completed workshop series.

Choose from four different workshop series, each meeting four times over the 2015-16 school year (specific dates are flexible and will be arranged to fit your school/district's schedule):

Registration

Register your school or district team today! Contact us at 612-624-4561 or mcrr@umn.edu.

General Information

  • Each workshop topic/series will be presented over four sessions scheduled throughout the academic year. Specific dates will be arranged to fit your school/district's schedule.
  • Schools must commit to sending a team of 3-4 people, including 2-3 teacher leaders and a principal or literacy leader to participate in the workshops.
  • The cost for the series (4 total sessions) is $4,500 for a team of 4 people. Additional participants are charged $800.00 each. The cost includes support for implementation via phone conference once a month between sessions.
  • CEU's will be offered for all sessions.

Testimonials

Feedback from our workshop participants:

"This has been valuable group/district time.  It has been very useful to be able to go back and refer to research-based information that applies to the success of our students."

"I so value the conversations we've had as a group!"

"Great chance to hear about what others are doing and think about how to use those ideas."

"I found the time that we were able to discuss amongst ourselves to be so valuable - this was a wealth of knowledge in this room!"

"Thanks for personalizing everything!"

"I appreciate on-going support and collaboration from instructors. The suggested readings and resources were great. Excellent professional discussion."

"I always learn new, challenging ideas when we come together in the spirit of professional learning."

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Providing Effective Reading Instruction:

A Recent Review of Research and the Translation of Research Into Practice

Description:

In this workshop series, a recent review of research on the content and pedagogy of effective elementary reading instruction will be presented. Research on essential elements of school-wide reading programs will also be discussed. Much of the research on effective reading instruction in the elementary grades has focused on the content of reading lessons dealing with phonemic awareness; phonics; fluency; vocabulary; and reading comprehension. However, a valuable body of research also points to the importance of the many pedagogical decisions that effective teachers make and motivating practices they use to foster students’ reading growth.

This workshop topic is presented over a period of four sessions in order to provide time for participants to implement and reflect upon the information and strategies presented between sessions.

Key Features:

Considering the How and Why of Classroom Reading Instruction

  1. Reading Content
    1. Emergent literacy
    2. Phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding strategies
    3. Fluency
    4. Vocabulary
      Comprehension
      Skills and strategies
    5. Talk and writing about text
    6. Providing balanced instruction (skills orientation, literature orientation)
    7. Making good instructional content choices to meet students’ varying needs
  2. Reading Pedagogy
    1. Classroom Instruction
      1. Purpose/planning – to meet individual students’ needs, achieve instructional goals
      2. Intellectual challenge/motivating learning activities (including seatwork)
      3. Culturally responsive instruction
      4. Grouping practices, balance between whole and small group instruction
      5. Teacher/Student interaction
      6. to assess students’ abilities and progress and to monitor their daily learning
    2. Classroom Atmosphere
      1. Classroom Management (rules and routines; intrinsic/extrinsic rewards)
      2. Feedback
      3. Attitudes towards learning/Students’ self-concepts as learners
  3. School-wide Reading Program
    1. Delivery model, collaboration in providing small group, differentiated instruction
    2. Time (minutes) and blocks for reading instruction
    3. Cross-grade, coordinated learning goals (standards, benchmarks) and curriculum
    4. School-wide assessment plan
    5. Interventions for struggling readers, students with special needs
    6. School collaboration/climate

Target Audience:

Principals, K-6 Classroom Teachers, Literacy Coaches, Reading Specialists, Title I Teachers, Special Education Teachers

Schools must commit to sending a team of 2-3 teacher leaders AND a principal or literacy leader to participate in the workshop.

Cost:

Each workshop topic will be presented in a series of four full-day sessions. Cost per workshop topic will be $4,500 for a team of 3 or 4 people per school. This cost includes support for implementation via phone conference once a month between sessions. In addition, follow-up site visits are available at an additional cost.

Additional Cost Per Person (beyond 4) is $800.00
Lunch not included.

Dates:

Specific dates will be arranged to fit your school/district's schedule with four sessions around these times:

August

October/November

January/February

April/May

Time:

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location:

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Registration:

Please contact MCRR at 612-624-4561 or mcrr@umn.edu

 

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Developing Effective Collaborative Learning Communities:

Fostering Reflection and Change in Reading Instruction

Description:

Collaboration helps teachers to develop a common language, a common set of instructional practices, and most importantly, a professional sense of community which is at the heart of the Professional Learning Community process and an integral part of successful school improvement. This workshop series will provide the necessary tools for your staff to implement a PLC or study group framework with a focus on K-6 literacy.

Whether you are just getting started with PLC’s or are in year three, this workshop will provide you with the appropriate tools, resources and on-going support to implement a rigorous and challenging research-based study of K-6 literacy instruction that will lead to increased student achievement.

This topic is presented over a period of four sessions in order to provide time for participants to implement and reflect upon the information and strategies presented between sessions.

Key Features:

  • Implementation of Professional Learning Communities / Study Groups
  • Leadership Team Role and Responsibilities
  • Writing Action Plans
  • Whole Group Meetings
  • Engaging in Video Sharing / Looking at Student Work
  • Helping Teachers Reflect on Their Reading Instruction
  • Looking at Effective Reading Instruction
  • Facilitating Teacher Reflection that Leads to Instructional Change
  • Examining Literacy Block Delivery Models
  • Considering Time Spent on Reading Instruction
  • Becoming Critical Consumers of Research
  • Designing a Sustainability Plan for Continued Improvement

Target Audience:

Principals, K-6 Classroom Teachers, Literacy Coaches, Reading Specialists, Title I Teachers, Special Education Teachers

Schools must commit to sending a team of 2-3 teacher leaders AND a principal or literacy leader to participate in the workshop.

Cost:

Each workshop topic will be presented in a series of four full-day sessions. Cost per workshop topic will be $4,500 for a team of 3 or 4 people per school. This cost includes support for implementation via phone conference once a month between sessions. In addition, follow-up site visits are available at an additional cost.

Additional Cost Per Person (beyond 4) is $800.00
Lunch not included.

Dates:

Specific dates will be arranged to fit your school/district's schedule with four sessions around these times:

August

October/November

January/February

April/May

Time:

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location:

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Registration:

Please contact MCRR at 612-624-4561 or mcrr@umn.edu

 

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Use of School-Wide Data at the Student, Teacher, and School Level to Make Informed Decisions to Improve Reading

Description:

Research has shown that using a school-wide assessment plan sustains instructional change that will increase student achievement.

What are you currently doing as a staff to make effective use of data? How does the information you gather about your students help you in determining next steps for instruction? Which students will need additional support in terms of an intervention? What type of support will teachers need to have time to review student data and make informed instructional decisions?

In this workshop series we will discuss how to use student and teacher data to inform instruction. We will present tools and discuss ways assessment data is used to enable teachers to make informed, daily decisions about their instructional practices to better meet individual student needs.

This topic workshop is presented over a period of four sessions in order to provide time for participants to implement and reflect upon the information and strategies presented between sessions.

Key Features:

  • Developing a School-Wide Assessment Plan
  • Types of student assessments: Screening, Diagnostic, Outcome Measures, Progress Monitoring
  • Use of Classroom Based Assessments
  • Effective Interventions
  • Looking at Supplemental instruction
  • Teacher Observation Data
  • Concept of “Data Camp” or “Data Retreats”
  • Questions for Reflection on Instruction

Target Audience:

Principals, K-6 Classroom Teachers, Literacy Coaches, Reading Specialists, Title I Teachers, Special Education Teachers

Schools must commit to sending a team of 2-3 teacher leaders and a principal or literacy leader to participate in the workshop.

Cost:

Each workshop topic will be presented in a series of four full-day sessions. Cost per workshop topic will be $4,500 for a team of 3 or 4 people per school. This cost includes support for implementation via phone conference once a month between sessions. In addition, follow-up site visits are available at an additional cost.

Additional Cost Per Person (beyond 4) is $800.00
Lunch not included.

Dates:

Specific dates will be arranged to fit your school/district's schedule with four sessions around these times:

August

October/November

January/February

April/May

Time:

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location:

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Registration:

Please contact MCRR at 612-624-4561 or mcrr@umn.edu

 

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Tested Techniques for Coaching to Foster Self-Reflection on and Change in Reading Instruction

Description:

Considering HOW we teach is as important as considering WHAT we teach. Coaching conversations encourage reflection on teaching practices by giving teachers time to collaborate with a literacy coach or colleague to further refine their reading instruction. The greatest potential for reflective practice to improve schools lies within the collective inquiry, thinking, learning, understanding, and acting that result from school-wide engagement (York-Barr, Sommers, Ghere, & Montie, 2006).

This workshop series will provide opportunities to learn about how effective coaching conversations will promote teacher reflection and change in instructional practice.

This topic is presented over a period of four sessions in order to provide time for participants to implement and reflect upon the information and strategies presented between sessions.

Key Features:

  • Creating and sustaining a culture of collaboration
  • Building and sustaining trust
  • Facilitating difficult conversations
  • Working with reluctant teachers
  • Goal setting for instructional improvement
  • Using data to inform instruction
  • Finding TIME for Collaboration and Reflection
  • Implementing a Skillful Peer Coaching Program

Target Audience:

Principals, K-6 Classroom Teachers, Literacy Coaches, Reading Specialist, Title I Teachers, Special Education Teachers

Schools must commit to sending a team of 2-3 teacher leaders AND a principal or literacy leader to participate in the workshop.

Cost:

Each workshop topic will be presented in a series of four full-day sessions. Cost per workshop topic will be $4,500 for a team of 3 or 4 people per school. This cost includes support for implementation via phone conference once a month between sessions. In addition, follow-up site visits are available at an additional cost.

Additional Cost Per Person (beyond 4) is $800.00
Lunch not included.

Dates:

Specific dates will be arranged to fit your school/district's schedule with four sessions around these times:

August

October/November

January/February

April/May

Time:

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location:

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Registration:

Please contact MCRR at 612-624-4561 or mcrr@umn.edu

 

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