Teaching K-5 Reading with Small-Group Instruction

Online workshop overview:

In this powerful workshop, teachers will learn how to plan and conduct differentiated small-group reading sessions that result in improved student achievement. During the workshop, Kristi McCullough shows teachers how to support students at their developmental levels, how to engage students in authentic text, and how to provide students with targeted lessons to increase their comprehension in both literature and informational texts.
   

HOW TO GET STARTED

 
Step 1

CHOOSE
a Viewing Option


Pick between "Verified" and "Flexible" viewing options.
Step 2

LEARN
Strategies that Work


Watch the on-demand videos at your own pace.
Step 3

IMPACT
Every Student


Implement what you learned right away!
 

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Topics covered:

  • Learn how to develop a schedule where small-group reading occurs in tandem with students working independently in literacy stations.
  • Obtain ways to utilize teacher-led small groups during the reading block.
  • Understand how to interpret reading levels of students and match them to an appropriate book level.
  • Gain strategies to support readers at all stages of reading: emergent, early, transitional, and fluent.
  • Learn how to tie whole-group mini-lessons to small-group instruction in order to support the five components of reading.
  • Learn types of before, during, and after-reading strategies and how they fit into small-group reading lessons.


When you complete the workshop, you'll be able to:

  • Use small groups to support and deepen mini-lesson skills first taught during whole-class direct instruction.
  • Introduce a new text to students in a way that provides support for them to be able to decode and understand the text.
  • Increase the amount of time students spend reading the whole text.
  • Cultivate student interaction with the text during reading.
  • Organize your space and supplies to make small-group instruction both efficient and effective.
 

Three reasons to enroll:

1. The stakes are high, and the heat is on.

Student achievement in reading is as important now as ever. Teachers need the tools and strategies to deliver research-based best-practice methods. (Our strategies are classroom-tested and practical!)

2. Using time effectively is essential.

In order for small-group guided reading instruction to be effective, time with the teacher has to be carefully planned and purposeful. (Learn to make the most of your small-group time!)

3. Differentiation is challenging but necessary.

Teachers are used to dealing with students who have diverse needs, but knowing how to meet those needs in the area of reading is a priority. (Meet students at their instructional level!)

 

Top questions teachers ask about teaching K-5 reading with small-group instruction:

  • How does my whole-class instruction impact my plan for small-group support?
  • How do I know which students to group together?
  • What types of books/passages can I use for small groups?
  • What other ways can kids read in a small group other than "round robin"?
  • How can I use the assessments I already do to drive my whole-class instruction?
  • How can I use the guided reading block to support content-area learning?
Learn the answers to these questions and many more!
 

What teachers are saying about this workshop:

"Great workshop with lots of concrete examples that I can go back and use tomorrow. Good for beginning and veteran teachers."
Leah Taylor, Teacher, Gosport Elementary School, Gosport, IN

"Not only have I learned to implement literacy stations in my classroom, but I'm leaving with the tools and confidence to teach my team so we can all get started on a great year!"
Krystal Taylor, Teacher, Discovery Charter School, Porter, IN

"Kristi is amazing! Her enthusiasm is contagious!"
Debbie Schmidt, Teacher, Camden Primary School, Camden, OH

"It was informative as well as realistic! I will be able to apply many of the strategies in my classroom."
Linda Maden-Blava, Teacher, Oakwood Grade School, Oakwood, IL

"Great ideas, great presenter, very engaging! Can't wait to implement in my classroom this year!"
Sammy Combs, Teacher, St. Mary of the Knobs Catholic School, Floyds Knobs, IN
 
 

Frequently asked questions:

Once I register, when does my access start?

Once I register, when does my access start?

Immediately! Once you register and submit payment, you will be redirected to the workshop page which contains all the videos included in your workshop enrollment.
How long do I have access to the workshop?

How long do I have access to the workshop?

Once you enroll in the online workshop, you can access the content for 30 days. The self-paced format means you determine how fast or slow you move through the workshop.

Your workshop registration also comes with lifetime access to exclusive digital resources in the "Secret Site" that accompanies this workshop. Here you'll find classroom-ready worksheets and blackline masters, along with videos and articles to take your learning further. Teachers love the way the "Secret Site" helps them implement what they learn in the workshop. 

Online workshops secret site

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?

Sorry, online workshop sharing is not allowed. Our Terms of Use specify that one registration fee allows access for just one person. However, we are happy to offer group discounts. Give us a call at (888) 376-0448 to get the details. 
 
Can I get continuing education credits?

Can I get continuing education credits?

Most likely! With prior approval from your school district, participants may receive credit for up to 5 hours of professional development for each workshop. A Certificate of Completion is provided to participants when they complete all aspects of the workshop. For possible Illinois-approved credit, please contact our office.

Note: A Certificate of Completion is only provided when you complete the Verified View option for this workshop. 
Can I earn graduate-level credit for Teaching K-5 Reading with Small-Group Instruction?

Can I earn graduate-level credit?

Graduate-level credit for Teaching K-5 Reading with Small-Group Instruction
Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who enroll in a webAcademy workshop can earn 1, 2, or 3 graduate-level credits. (To earn graduate-level credit, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. Graduate-level credit cost is separate from registration fees. Credits are $62 each.)

Graduate-level credits offered through the University of the Pacific are non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. To learn more, contact us by email or call (888) 376-0448.
What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

We would never want you to be unhappy! That’s why every online workshop comes with a 100% money back guarantee. We are convinced the simple and effective strategies will transform the way you teach so we stand behind this workshop with full confidence. If you aren’t satisfied, contact me within the first ten days of your purchase, and I will give you a refund immediately. There are no additional forms to fill out, and there will be no delay. Just call (888) 376-0448 and ask for Brady or email me directly. We believe so strongly in this online workshop that we give you our personal promise of a speedy, hassle-free, no-questions-asked, total and complete refund.


Brady Smekens
Director of Professional Development
Smekens Education Solutions, Inc.
 
 

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Immediate access: $140

 

Discounts available!

  • Teams of 3+: Save $14 per person.
  • Teams of 15+: Call us at (888) 376-0448 for custom pricing.

What's included with your registration?

  • 30-day access to the workshop
  • 5+ hours of dynamic workshop content
  • Lifetime access to classroom-ready digital resources
 
Target Audience
  • K-5 Teachers
  • Literacy Coaches
  • Literacy Coordinators
  • Title I Teachers & Coordinators
  • ELL Teachers & Coordinators
  • High-Ability Teachers
  • Curriculum Directors
  • Elementary Principals & Assistant Principals

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