Utilizing Data to Differentiate
Small-Group Guided Reading

Utilizing Data to Differentiate
Small-Group Guided Reading


CHICAGO, IL | February 28, 2018

Utilizing Data to Differentiate
Small-Group Guided Reading

Once the planning and mechanics are in place for leading small-group guided reading, the next step is to utilize this instructional time for targeted and intentional teaching that addresses the unique needs of each child. In this one-day workshop, Kristi McCullough will provide K-5 teachers with a four-step process for utilizing multiple data sources to differentiate instruction during guided reading.

Workshop Topics:

• Learn how to collect, validate, and organize data relative to each student’s reading progress.
• Learn how to analyze various data sources to assess progress over time.
• Discover how to use anecdotal assessments to identify each reader’s strengths and weaknesses.
• Learn how to triangulate data already being collected to construct a differentiated instructional plan.
• Learn how to utilize small-group instruction to equip all readers with multiple strategies to process text.
• Gain ideas for how to employ effective teacher language that can be used during guided reading to teach, prompt, and reinforce.
• Learn intervention strategies designed to help readers progress to the next level.
• Examine options for conducting follow-up assessment for the purpose of tracking progress.

When you leave, you’ll be able to:

  • View with confidence assessment data you already collect.
  • Combine the data you already collect to construct a triangulation of data for each child.
  • Examine reader behaviors to address strengths and needs.
  • Utilize data to determine where students fall in the scaffold of literacy skills.
  • Motivate reluctant readers to enjoy texts.

Free follow-up training videos:

  • Teachers who attend this Small-Group Instruction workshop will be given a complimentary one-month subscription to Kristi's matching suite of videos on webPD, Reading: Differentiating Small-Group Instruction for Reading (Pre-A/Emergent, Early/Beginning, Transitional, and Fluent).
  • During the complimentary subscription period, teachers are encouraged to share access with every colleague in their school, allowing the entire staff to learn key concepts from the workshop.

Target Audience

K-5 Teachers
K-5 High-Ability Teachers
Teacher Leaders or Building-Level Coaches
Title I, Remediation, Special Education, & ELL Teachers
Building or District-Level Literacy Coordinators
Elementary Principals
Curriculum Directors


What are teachers saying about the Small-Group Reading workshop?

“A lot of takeaways to use right away in my classroom with my small groups. I feel better equipped to organize and utilize the data I have been collecting all year.” Stefanie Berdine, teacher at Crown Point Christian School, St. John, IN

“Kristi is a fabulous presenter & has great practical ideas. I would LOVE to learn ANYTHING from her. This was my first Smekens workshop, but I will be back for sure!” Lindsey Putman, teacher at Towne Meadow Elementary School, Carmel, IN

“Kristi is amazing! Her enthusiasm is contagious!” Debbie Schmidt, teacher at Camden Primary School, Camden, OH

“Awesome!! Kristi took a heavy topic and gave us practical ways to make big changes.” Jessica Hammer, teacher at Sacred Heart Model School, Louisville, KY

Graduate Credit

Earn 3 hours of graduate credit for $375. Attendees may apply the 10.5 hours of training earned during the two Small-Group Guided Reading workshops toward graduate-level credit from Midwest Teachers Institute (MTI). Graduate credit hours are for non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (Check with your district for approval prior to making a commitment.) Attendance at both days of this workshop, plus additional coursework related to the workshops, is required for credit. Course syllabus: MTI 509.

Register for graduate credit now.

Registration information will be shared during the 10 a.m. break of each workshop. After the workshop, attendees have two weeks to apply their training hours to the program. The cost of graduate credit is separate from the cost of attending a workshop.

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Attend one day:

$225 (Early Bird)  |  $245 (Standard)

Attend two days:

$435 (Early Bird) | $455 (Standard)

Discounts available!

  • Register at least 15 days in advance and save!
  • For teams of 3+: Save $6 per person.
  • For teams of 10+: Contact our office for a 10% savings.

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Professional Growth Credits

Certified educators can earn professional growth credits for attending a Smekens Education workshop. All workshop attendees receive a certificate of participation for 5.5 hours of professional development for each one-day workshop. Visit our Continuing Education Credit page to learn more.

Illinois-Specific Credit

As an approved professional development subcontractor, Smekens Education is happy to provide all Illinois teachers with state-approved professional development credit for attending the Effective Strategies for Leading Small-Group Guided Reading workshop.