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 workshop, Kristi McCullough provides K-5 teachers with a five-step process for utilizing multiple data sources to differentiate instruction during guided reading.


Step 1

a Viewing Option

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

Strategies that Work

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

Every Student

Implement what you learned right away!



Topics covered:

  • 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.

When you complete the workshop, 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.

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:

  • What types of data should I collect about my readers?
  • How do I triangulate data to plan differentiated instruction?
  • How do I collect formative assessments during a lesson?
  • How often should I revisit my data?
  • How does my data impact whole-class instruction?
  • What procedures should I use to organize my data?
Learn the answers to these questions and many more!

What teachers are saying about this workshop:

"Every idea was thought-provoking. She really made me think of how/why I do routines the way I do in my classroom."
Glenda Ferguson, teacher at Burris Elementary, Mitchell, IN

"The workshop was packed with ideas to improve guided reading groups. Kristi's personality and energy were fun! You could see her passion for reading the way she presented!"
Karly Douglas, teacher at Heywood Elementary School, Troy, OH

"Kristi is a high-energy presenter who gives real examples. She does not present in isolation but shows real living examples of practices she uses as she is teaching"
Maureen Hoffman-Wehmeier, teacher at Greenwood Middle School, Greenwood, IN

"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

"Kristi did a fantastic job giving us clear content that we could follow and use!"
Amanda Chapple, teacher at Churubusco Elementary School, Churubusco, 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 units for Utilizing Data to Differenatiate Small-Group Guided Reading?

Can I earn graduate-level units?

Graduate-level credit for Utilizing Data to Differentiate Small-Group Guided Reading
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 units. (To earn graduate-level units, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. Graduate-level units cost is separate from registration fees. Units are $62 each.)

Graduate-level units offered through the University of the Pacific are non-degree units which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (These are post-baccalaureate professional development semester units of non-degree graduate level and are not applicable to a degree at University of the Pacific.) 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: $139


Discounts available!

  • Teams of 3+: Save $15 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
  • K-5 High-Ability Teachers
  • Curriculum Directors
  • Elementary Principals & Assistant Principals

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