Teaching to Achieve Deep Level Reading Comprehension for STAAR


Workshop Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Registration time: 8:00 am
Registration fee: $349 ($299 for Texas ASCD members)

Please contact our office to schedule this session at your location.

Summary:  Reading involves lifting meaning from the printed page.  Comprehension occurs when skilled readers interact with the text and self-question, infer, make connections, summarize, synthesize and relate. As STAAR requires close reading and an ability to provide text evidence, participants in this session will explore approaches for teaching these important skills.    Topics to be covered in this session include:

  • · 12 Guidelines for powerful reading instruction
  • · Developing strategic actions for comprehending texts
  • · Implications of modern brain research for reading instruction
  • · Strategies that promote students’ self-monitoring of comprehension
  • · Equipping students for STAAR’s close reading and text evidence  requirement
  • · Utilizing think alouds to model effective comprehension strategy use
  • · Developing an understanding of text genres and implications for instruction
  • · Recognizing the power of writing in comprehension skill development
  •    Creating a vocabulary rich classroom environment

Who Should Attend: Administrators, Principals and Classroom teachers

Realizing the Potential of Literacy Coaching


Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration time: 8:30 am
Registration fee: one-day $175 ($150 for Texas ASCD members)
two-day $349 ($299 for Texas ASCD members)

Please contact our office at 512.477-8200 x 10 to schedule this institute at your location.

Workshop Overview:
Literacy coaching has swept the nation, and for good reason. Literacy coaching can dramatically increase student success by enhancing teacher decision-making and instruction. However, some literacy coaching does not produce lasting success; in these programs, teachers go through the motions of making superficial changes and then quickly revert to less-successful practices and perspectives. This workshop will help you ensure that coaching in your school or district has lasting effects by providing practical strategies, supported by current research and theory, for coaching that zeroes in on teachers’ concerns, creates partnerships with teachers, makes use of data, and gauges success.

Workshop Agenda:

  • Introductions and overview
  • Coaching models, formats, and outcomes
  • Coaching for teacher learning
  • The coaching conversation
  • Coaches’ roles in professional learning communities
  • Coaching challenging people
  • Finding time for coaching
  • Successful demonstration lessons
  • Optimizing your success

Who Should Attend:

  • Literacy coaches who are new to the job.
  • Experienced literacy coaches.
  • Principals with literacy coaches in their schools.
  • Program and curriculum leaders who work with literacy coaches.

Secondary Reading Comprehension: Removing the Fluency Barrier


Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (One Day)
Registration time: 8:30 am
Registration fee: $175 per day ($150 for Texas ASCD members)

Available as a one day institute or a two day intensive academy.


Please contact our office at 512.477-8200 x10 to schedule this institute at your location.

Summary:  Every day secondary English/Language Arts teachers face students with different independent and instructional reading levels within the same classroom. In today's climate of high-stakes testing, they consequently confront a seemingly impossible task: facilitating student mastery of the TEKS SEs when many students read below grade level and need differentiated instruction in order to develop the metacognitive skills necessary for "reading to learn." The first step in addressing this challenge is providing middle and high school teachers with the tools they need to integrate direct instruction in reading into their lessons. This session addresses ways to do this without sacrificing the teaching of rigorous content and the attainment of high standards by all students.

Who Should Attend: Educators and Administrators of secondary English/Language Arts Learners

Real Reading for STAAR: Teaching Reading Across Content Areas


Real Reading for STAAR: Teaching Reading Across Content Areas

Workshop Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (Two Day)

Registration time: 8:00 am
Registration fees:
Two day Academy: $349 ($299 for Texas ASCD members) 
One day Institute: $175 ($149 for Texas ASCD members)
Please contact our office at 512-477-8200 to schedule this institute or academy at your location.

Summary:  This institute will provide fresh ideas for integrating reading instruction into any content area, especially when the text is complex and challenging. No longer is it okay for students to read a text at the surface level; they must read deeper.  The state standards (TEKS) and assessment system (STAAR) call for a close analysis of texts that demonstrates critical thinking skills. Through interactive learning, participants will acquire new strategies that can be implemented to meet state standards, encourage student engagement, and make STAAR manageable for teachers to foster student success in real reading.


Components of Institute:

  •  Strategies for before, during, and after reading
  •  Alignment to STAAR and TEKS objectives (including the Figure 19 TEKS Comprehension Table)
  •  Text from a variety of content areas
  •  Memorable methods to engage students in the reading process
  •  Opportunity to practice newly acquired skills


Who Should Attend: Educators and Administrators of Grades 3-8


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