Literacy and Reading Instruction

Professional Development and Workshops

Available Online or On-Site

Professional development (PD) for teachers, school, and district leaders is an essential component of improving literacy practices. ThoughtStretchers Education helps educators understand the principles and best practices of a literacy and reading instruction.

Our workshops help teachers empower students through reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

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Planning Effective Reading Instruction

Students should read a wide range of materials in all disciplines as well as read for pleasure. Well-planned direct instruction to build decoding and fluency skills is critical in the early grades, and, as students mature, developing background knowledge and vocabulary are paramount. Teachers can support readers by utilizing a before-during-after framework and explicitly teaching morphology and active reading strategies like questioning the author, annotation, and reciprocal teaching. Students also need to read a lot — volume, quantity, and practice all count in creating skilled, passionate readers.

This 2-day workshop will help teachers plan powerful reading instruction, taking into account the needs of their students and considering how reading across the curriculum and across the school day can be most effective.

Creating Powerful Writers

The written word has always been important. But now, it may be more important than ever, with people learning and working across time, across media, and across the globe. Perhaps more than ever, students need to be confident and competent writers. This workshop will help you create a writing-rich classroom where writers inquire, collaborate, and create. Explore the three main types of academic writing (writing-to-learn, process writing, and writing on demand). Learn best practices in teaching and assessing writing, including how to use peer conferences effectively. Find ways to provide time and ownership to student writers so that they become powerful writers for life.

Using Writing Models for Student Success

Teachers learn how to gather and employ high-quality “mentor texts” (models) so their students can write for any form, audience, topic, or people.  Participants will find, analyze, and then emulate writing in whatever form they choose, thus learning how to do the same with their own students.  Their final deliverable will be a collection of fully analyzed mentor texts that they can use to teach their students how to write in that particular style, and also a highly-transferable skill that can be used in any writing instruction.

Workshop length: 1-3 days depending on your needs

Creating Passionate Readers

Competent readers do well on every academic achievement measure, but reading well has benefits far beyond academia. Lifelong readers are lifelong learners. This workshop will help you create a reading-rich classroom where students read joyfully to inquire, collaborate, conduct research, and understand human experience. Explore how to provide students with more choice in reading and how to create reading tasks that mirror what readers do outside of school. Additionally, explore proven strategies that require students to dig deeper into text and discuss it meaningfully with peers.

Facilitating Robust Vocabulary

The size and strength of one’s vocabulary impacts how well one reads, writes, and speaks. This workshop provides key points from research and establishes the urgency for effective vocabulary instruction. Learn best practices for teaching both general and discipline-specific vocabulary words in addition to exploring digital tools and apps that can support vocabulary learning.

Having talked with most of the people present, we all felt the PD went extraordinarily well–far exceeding expectations. The information you presented was impactful and helped us deepen our perspective and thinking about the process here at St. Laurence. Further, we all felt that your personality and approach are a tremendous fit for our community and are very excited to have you back to work with our full staff. After 20 years in education, I often have wide ranging feelings about PD and presenters. But it was truly a great experience Drew.

-Brian, Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction

This PBL workshop really helped me understand the process of PBL because we were immersed in the process of PBL and doing the things we were being taught to apply throughout the whole three days. We created our own need to know lists, Dori did an amazing job using questions to drive our learning, we also were able to instantly put to practice everything we were learning about after the inspiration given by our facilitator.

-Jaycie, pre-k or elementary school teacher

I really enjoyed this workshop as a 3rd year teacher because it opened my horizon on new things to do in the classroom. John also demonstrated most of the things he talked about which made it even better to remember.

-Ebonie Thomas, middle school teacher

I have already reached out to our district coordinator and requested more workshops from ThoughtStretchers.

-Elizabeth MacQuigg, middle school teacher

You will leave this workshop overflowing with ideas, technologies, and strategies that you can implement in your classroom on Monday morning!

-Thomas, HS teacher

Thank you for changing the way I teach!

-Jana McCarthy, elementary teacher

Thank you so much for giving us (the teachers) the tools to make real education happen! Finally!

-Amy Guier, middle school english teacher

This is a must-attend workshop. It really changed my perspective on what exactly I should be teaching through my content.

-Philip Ellis, high school science teacher

We were constantly engaged in group activities and discussion/dialogue. Excellent trainer with a lot of knowledge and understanding about PBL, it took me out of my comfort zone!

-Shafaq Imran, teacher

Thank you very much. I have a new "light" on how to get my students to think on their own and at a deeper level.

-Morgan Payton, middle school ELA teacher

The content is excellent and the presenter was highly effective.

-Jim Whitaker, high school social studies teacher

This is effective and worthwhile professional development.

-Emilie Clemmens, math teacher and curriculum coordinator

I enjoyed the workshop. I am able to use what I learned in my classroom!

-Tonya Jones, elementary teacher

Well designed learning presentations and activities...wonderful enriching learning activity.

-Marlene Burek, Manager of Special Education

Fantastic job facilitating a super helpful workshop. I hope to have an opportunity to attend a ThoughtStretchers Education workshop again soon!

-Leann Turner, agriculture sciences teacher

Excellent training, built confidence in teachers to further become facilitators of student learning!

-Ron Lockhart, high school math teacher

I found this to be more informative and useful than any other PD I've participated in.

-Deborah Shirley, Elementary Teacher

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502 373-0040

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