Are you struggling to get lasting literacy progress out of your K-5 students despite the fact that your classroom library or school bookroom is stuffed with leveled books? As powerful of an instructional approach as guided reading is, supporting the growing appetites of your aspiring Literacy Heroes requires more than just leveled books. It requires a delicious “balanced literacy” burger made up of multiple ingredients—or instructional approaches—that work together in a balanced way. In part 1 of this series, Jill shared new ways to think about balanced literacy.
Too many use the term “literacy” interchangeably with “reading,” but the reality is that literacy is more encompassing: it is reading, writing, and speaking. Ensuring all students have mastered these capacities is perhaps the greatest challenge facing schools today – and it touches all disciplines, from language arts to social studies to science. How can we overcome this challenge and ensure our students are mastering all aspects of literacy? The answer is simple, although not easy: the production of language. It’s time to get students talking!
Audiobooks cannot replace explicit reading instruction, because a balance of support and accommodations is needed for struggling readers. In this webinar, Learning Ally’s Terrie Noland, National Director of Educator Engagement, discussed the when, where, how, and why of effectively incorporating audiobooks as an assistive technology tool for students with dyslexia.
In all areas of education, we expect students to study for the tests we give them. Rarely, however, do schools spend significant effort teaching students how to study. Although many teachers do provide a strategy or two, it remains an epidemic that if students study at all, they do it in the most inefficient and ineffective (and boring!) way possible – by reviewing their textbook and/or their notes. View this webinar to learn about a simple fix for this problem.
In this webinar Eyal Rav-Noy and Tzippy Rav-Noy, Co-Founders of Capit Learning, began with a discussion of the National Reading Panel Report, an evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction. They shared three tools the report recommends for early readers that often are overlooked by many teachers, researchers, and curriculum developers. Learn about research-based tools that will increase your young students’ phonemic awareness skills and letter-sound knowledge.
John Hattie’s research – over 800 meta-studies on learning and achievement, involving more than 800 million students – has transformed education. In this webinar, Dr. Nancy Frey, Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and co-author of the new book Visible Learning for Literacy, delved into how Hattie’s findings apply to literacy instruction and how educators can implement the practices that work best to accelerate student learning.
In this webinar, teacher and trained blended learning expert Sarah Rich shared ways for you to better use interactive reading apps in your Pre-K to Grade 2 classroom to increase a variety of skills such as comprehension, receptive language, and vocabulary.
If not identified and addressed, consequences of dyslexia alone include students dropping out of school and being less able to support themselves or their families. In this webinar, Rob Frantum-Allen (Director of Integrated Services) and Jackie Bott (Assistive Technology Coordinator) explained how the organizations created a strategically designed model program where assistive technology (AT) is being integrated into educational efforts.
In this webinar, Dr. Douglas Fisher will led an exploration of the types of learning that ensure students become better readers who persevere through complex (strength) or long (stamina) texts while thinking critically about what the author is saying and what they believe to be true.
From apps to software to cloud-based cross-platform supports, this webinar explored tools that can aid struggling readers. Mike Marotta, Assistive Technology Consultant and president of Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC showcased a broad range of low- and high-tech applications — including free solutions — to support students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
Learn how to use technology to engage young students as they learn the skills required to be successful readers. In this webinar, Sarah Rich demonstrated how you can help your students master the foundational skills needed to prepare them for reading.
One in five students has dyslexia – that translates to 20% of the student population. What might be seen as laziness or acting out in reality is a student inwardly struggling with reading, writing, and spelling. Learn more about why students struggle, what to look for, and how to support dyslexic students in your district with appropriate accommodations and interventions.
In this research-driven session, Kevin Baird helped viewers understand the core elements of creativity and how we can provide students with rigorous, powerful learning experiences through lens of a literacy makerspace.
Irlen Syndrome is a perceptual processing disorder, specifically related to how the brain processes visual information. It is estimated to exist in approximately 12% of the general population and in approximately 46% of the population with reading and other visual processing difficulties. Helen Irlen explained Irlen Syndrome and provided information for educators unfamiliar with the condition and its symptoms.
In this research-driven presentation, Kevin Baird presented practical, pragmatic strategies to finish strong – accelerating literacy skills and creating routines students can take into the summer.
In this webinar, Michael Levine and Lisa Guernsey, authors of Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens, showed how educators and parents can help children grow into strong, passionate readers who are skilled at using media and technology of all kinds—print, digital, and everything in between.
This webinar explored the developmentally appropriate instructional practices and effective teaching strategies that move diverse learners towards reading readiness. Learn about the unique educational elements that optimize learning and achievement during the preschool years.
In this webinar, Kim shared ways to use puppets, games, activities, props, and songs to develop meaningful lessons that will grow dendrites—connections within the brain that make children smarter– as they learn letters, rhyming, word families, story elements and much, much more!
Early literacy is what children know about communication, language (verbal and nonverbal), reading, and writing before they can actually read or write. The way we do these activities with young children makes a difference in the development of early literacy skills. This webinar provided a summary of early literacy as it applies to babies and toddlers
International test results in 31 countries showed females outperformed males in reading, and concluded that boys are “the new disadvantaged.” In this webinar, discover why “gross engrosses,” the importance of using humor with boys, and book titles boys will love to read.
All students suffer learning loss when they are away from school. During the holidays, students can miss nearly one month of focused instructional time. In this research-filled webinar, Kevin Baird presented pragmatic, practical and effective strategies to engage students during their downtime, and transform holidays into learning opportunities.
As standards and pedagogy change to accommodate 21st century learning and 21st century students, we need to think about why we do the things we do…and perhaps change. This webinar will give you a dozen fresh ideas to mix-up your reading activities.
“We are all English Language Learners.” Content area literacy remains one of the greatest struggles for non-native English speakers and for readers who struggle with language. In this research and activity-filled webinar, Kevin Baird, Chairman at the nonprofit Center for College & Career Readiness provided actionable, immediately usable approaches and activities to meet this growing challenge.
We know how to accelerate reading skills by 100%, 200% and even 300% of expected growth. In this webinar, Kevin Baird discussed research regarding best practices and investigated pedagogy and implementation.