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Working with Children Who Live in Poverty: This workshop explores the needs of students who come from low-income backgrounds. The focus is on identifying and teaching to the students’ strengths, while recognizing and addressing specific areas of need. Agenda for This One-Day Workshop: 1. Understanding Children Who Live in Poverty 2. Characteristics of Poverty 3. Improving Academic Achievement for Children Who Live in Poverty 4. Improving Behavior for Children Who Live in Poverty 5. The Importance of Positive Relationships Opening Minds to Equality: Affirming Diversity and Promoting Equity: This workshop presents practical ideas for multicultural education. The focus is on helping children envision and work toward social justice within the frameworks of the standard curriculum. Agenda for This One-Day Workshop: 1. Recognizing Roadblocks to Equality 2. Teaching for Equality 3. Building Trust and Community in the Classroom 4. Recognizing “What Is” 5. Envisioning and Working Toward “What Can Be” Effective Reading Instruction for English Language Learners: This workshop presents practical solutions to the challenges that many educators face when working with students who are learning English as a second or other language. The focus is on research-proven ways that educators can bridge the instructional gap for these students. Agenda for This One-Day Workshop: 1. Understanding English Language Learners 2. Phonemic Awareness and English Language Learners 3. Phonics and English Language Learners 4. Vocabulary and English Language Learners 5. Comprehension and English Language Learners 6. Fluency and English Language Learners Increasing Student Engagement and Achievement through Cooperation and Collaboration: This workshop presents practical, teacher-friendly methods that are derived from research on proven methods and theories. The focus is on instructional methods that engage students, boost academic achievement, improve student relations, and create a more compassionate classroom and school community. Agenda for This One-Day Workshop: 1. Why Cooperative and Collaborative Learning are Needed 2. The Difference Between Cooperation and Collaboration 3. Establishing Cooperation and Collaboration in the Classroom 4. Assessing Cooperation and Collaboration Response to Intervention (RTI): A Model to Support and Strengthen Delayed Readers: Response to Intervention, RTI, is a promising process of instruction, assessment, and intervention that allows schools to identify delayed readers and provide appropriate instructional interventions early. RTI, when implemented according to best practices, increases the likelihood that all students can be successful and maintain their class placement. Agenda for This One-Day Workshop: 1. Effective Reading Instruction through a Three-Tiered Model 2. Targeting Instruction through RTI 3. The Role of Assessment in RTI Working with Special Education Students in the Regular Education Classroom: This workshop explores ways that regular education teachers can provide meaningful support for the special education students mainstreamed into their classrooms. The focus is on effective instructional strategies for special education students. Agenda for This One-Day Workshop: 1. Who are special education students? 2. What conditions support their learning? 3. How do regular education teachers provide effective instruction for special education students? Reading Next: Supporting the Adolescent Reader: This workshop offers teachers tools to help adolescent readers improve their skills in reading, their attitudes about reading, and their confidence in themselves as readers. The focus is on research- proven, practical instructional strategies for helping readers with word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, and motivation. Agenda for This One-Day Workshop (can be modified for a half-day workshop): 1. How is adolescent literacy growth different than growth in K-3? 2. What are the most important instructional goals and challenges? 3. What instructional improvements need to occur in middle and high schools?
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