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Workshops and Consulting Services

Assessing and Evaluating Classroom Instruction 
for Principals/Coaches - 2/3 days

10 keys practices that lead to effect instruction and learning (including 
instruction, environment, feedback, student engagement, and using 
assessments)
Specific ways to evaluate classrooms (regardless of the programs that are 
being used)
Each key has specific 'look fors.'  

Writing Workshop (K–1) - 3 days
Overview of writing workshop format
Demonstration of narrative, descriptive, letter writing, and response to 
literature
Monthly focus lessons
Building vocabulary
Applying phonics and phonemic awareness
Teaching skills and strategies
Meaningful 1-to-1 conferences with accountability
Small group instruction for differentiation
Editing and beginning revision
Monthly writing assessment that drives instruction
Principles of assessment and grading
Sharing – 3 settings – multiple purposes
Developing complete effective sentences

Writing Workshop (2–3) - 5 days
Overview of writing workshop format
Defining the teaching of writing
Demonstration of personal narrative, descriptive writing, cause/effect, and 
response to literature
Weekly focus lessons
Building vocabulary
Extending spelling strategies
Teaching skills and strategies
Meaningful 1-to-1 conferences with accountability
Small group instruction for differentiation
Editing and revision
Writing assessment that drives instruction
Principles of assessment and grading
Sharing – 3 settings – multiple purposes

Writing Workshop (4–8) - 6 days
Overview of writing workshop format
Defining the teaching of writing
Demonstration of personal narrative, descriptive writing, cause/effect, 
persuasive writing, writing to a prompt, and response to literature
Constructing focus lessons using gradual release
Meaningful 1-to-1 conferences with accountability
Small group instruction for differentiation
Building vocabulary
Extending spelling strategies
Teaching skills and strategies
Editing and revision
Writing assessment that drives instruction
Principles of assessment and grading
Sharing – 3 settings – multiple purposes

Centers (K–2) - 1 day
Purpose of centers
Planning centers that extend instruction
Training students to independence
Center rotation options
Analyzing centers
Balancing centers  
Evolving centers through the year
Unifying centers from grade to grade

Expository Text (K–1) - 1 day
Teaching and demonstration of expository text
Book selection
Teacher preparation
Step-by-step process
Extending expository text to centers
Teaching summarizing and paraphrasing
Integrating the concepts of print into report writing
Cover the content area

Expository Text (Grades 2–8) - 4 days
Teaching and demonstration of expository text for early and proficient 
readers
Book selection
Brain theory that supports methodology
Teacher preparation
Step-by-step process
Extending expository text to nonfiction literature circles
Teaching summarizing and paraphrasing
Text features
Reading and Writing using text structures
Paragraphing and topic sentences in expository text
Text layout and use of diagrams, charts, pictures/captions, bold print, etc.
Brain compatible ways to organize and teach in the content area (extending 
into social studies and science)

Shared Reading (K–1 & 2nd/3rd) - 2 days each
Overview of shared reading (whole group reading)
Conducting a five day lesson design
Book selection
Book introduction
Building vocabulary
Building the cueing systems
Teaching skills and strategies
Comprehension strategies
Connecting shared reading to centers
How to celebrate a book through reproductions, innovations, and summary
Responding to literature
Evaluating shared reading  

Shared Reading (3–8) - 4 days
Overview of shared reading in upper grade
Using short text that teaches reading strategies
Building vocabulary/context clues  
Comprehension strategies
Connecting shared reading to literature circles
Shared reading and genre studies
Using graphic organizers in shared reading
Responding to literature
Evaluating shared reading

Literature Circles - 1-3 days
Planning literature circles that extend instruction
Teaching comprehension strategies that become roles
Training students to independence
Guided literature circles
Gradual release and literature circles
Monitoring literature circles
Evaluating literature circles
Management of literature circles