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According to Forgarty and Pete (2007) effective professional development should be sustained, job embedded, collegial, interactive, integrated, results oriented, and practical.

Along those lines, I can assist you in planning your professional development to include:

  • Face-to-face sessions implemented over time.
  • Follow-up session(s) at your work-site or with a team of teachers – does it work? What do I need to change?
  • Support to your community of learners.
  • Engagement of learners.
  • Tailored, targeted professional development seminars designed for your learners.

Professional Development/Seminars

The following seminars are available for contracted services at your school/district site. If you do not see a seminar which fits your needs, please contact me and a seminar can be designed specifically for you and your school/district.

STRENGTHENING THE READING ACHIEVEMENT OF STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES: STRATEGIES THAT WORK

Yes, your students who are struggling can be successful in reading. You will be engaged in the ABCs of Reading Strategies … a plethora of research-based reading strategies from every letter in the alphabet that have been used successfully with students Pre-K to 8th Grade. These are strategies that you can use right away. Participants will be engaged in a fun-filled day of learning.

FLUENCY: SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES (OR STUDENTS WHO ARE STRUGGLING IN READING)

Fluency is important for building comprehension – learn a wide variety of effective strategies for increasing the fluency skills of your struggling readers to assist them in becoming better readers. Research-based strategies that you can use immediately, are provided during a fun-filled learning day.

READ-ALOUD AND RETELL: A WINNING COMBINATION!

Read-Aloud and Retell are two very effective strategies that increase vocabulary, listening comprehension, sentence structure, story grammar, background knowledge, writing skills, attention, and overall reading comprehension. A day filled with tons of research and practical strategies to use right away.

ENHANCING EARLY LANGUAGE AND LITERACY FOR YOUR PRE-K AND KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS

Research provides us with valuable information on oral language and vocabulary building for the beginning literacy of young learners. Enjoy a day filled with successful strategies and relevant research on phonological awareness, shared reading, shared language, the development of concepts, oral language, story writing and extensions, rhyme, rhythm, and concepts of print.

SUPPORTING STUDENTS WITH MILD DISABILITIES IN THE GENERAL EDUCATION READING CLASSROOM

How can you support your students who struggle? How can you manage it all? If you have students of various levels in your reading block, this seminar will assist you in providing research-based, effective literacy strategies for all of your students.

BUILDING AND ENHANCING VOCABULARY: STRATEGIES THAT WORK

A day filled with research-based vocabulary strategies that will increase the reading comprehension of your students. Fun, effective strategies for increasing the speaking, reading, and writing vocabulary of your K-5 students with and without learning disabilities.

DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION AND MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES: EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO ENGAGE ALL STUDENTS IN AN ACTIVE LEARNING PROCESS

Differentiated Instruction is an effective method of managing it all and setting your students up for success. Learn the ins and outs of a successful reading block, using differentiated instruction. Participants will be engaged in a variety of learning activities to enhance the success of all students.

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS: YES, STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES CAN BE SUCCESSFUL! (*An excellent keynote)

Yes, students with learning disabilities can be successful in the learning environment. Motivation, perception, active learning, successful strategies, learning styles, and best practices will be shared. Participants will be engaged in what works and what doesn’t work, experiencing what students who struggle need the most.

RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RTI): HOW TO INCREASE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IN READING (CATCH THEM BEFORE THEY FALL INTO THE CRACKS)

Do you work with students who are at risk for reading failure? Do you often wish you could “fix” the reading problems of some of your “neediest” students? Do you want to find a way to more successfully collaborate with other educators toward a common goal? Do you want to know more about effectively implementing a Response to Intervention Process? Learn how to effectively implement the RTI model in your school to better support your struggling readers before they fail. You will leave this seminar with practical ideas and strategies on how to successfully make it happen, with ideas that you can put into action immediately.

RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RTI): ASSESSING STUDENTS’ NEEDS IN READING WITHIN AN RTI FRAMEWORK

Learn how to utilize various reading assessments and data analysis to enhance your RTI Reading Model. The impact of using data formulated from our ongoing classroom assessments is evident in how it affects our students and how we teach. This professional development includes background information on RTI, components of effective reading instruction, assessment, data analysis, managing it all, and action planning. You will leave this seminar with practical ideas and strategies on how to successfully make it happen, with ideas that you can put into action immediately.

COACHING AND MENTORING

Teachers need mentors, support, camaraderie, resources, and assistance. How can colleagues effectively support one another? Whether you are a Literacy Coach, a peer teacher, or an administrator, learn about adult learning theory, communication skills, and ways to effectively support teachers, which ultimately effects the reading achievement of our children.

CO-TEACHING IN AN INCLUSIVE SETTING

Do you need ideas on how to co-teach effectively and without losing your individual identity? Do you need research-based ideas on how to successfully implement an inclusive setting, with student achievement at the core? Learn various models of co-teaching and effective strategies for success – both for your students and you! You will leave this seminar with great ideas to use immediately.

EFFECTIVELY TEACHING TO THE LEARNING STYLES OF THE STUDENTS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

Learning Styles, Multiple Intelligences, and Differentiated Instruction – all wrapped up into a day filled with effective, research-based strategies for the increased success of your students. Learn valuable information about yourself, too!

Additional keynotes and professional development seminars are available, tailored to the needs of your student population. Professional development is available in one, two, and three-day seminars. Follow-up sessions in the classrooms are also available, including classroom walk-throughs, and working with small-groups of teachers, providing feedback on strategies learned.