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  • The Five Components of Reading Seminar

    The Five Components of Reading 4 Day Seminar

    August 8-11, 2016

    (Common Core Foundations)

    Four Days of Learning, Activities, and Collaboration

    Please join Cindy Carr and Barb Preston on this 4 day journey into unlocking the mystery of learning to read.  We MUST “teach” so every child is reading on grade level by the end of Third Grade!   

    Reading is the Foundation to all content knowledge.  If a child is not reading on grade level by the end of 1st grade, the reading gap grows larger each and every year.  Educators must teach with urgency so every child is reading on grade level by the end of 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade!

    This 4 day seminar includes:  1) The Challenge of Learning to Read, 2) Phonemic Awareness, Letter Recognition and Assessment, 3) Phonics, Sight Words, Spelling, and Assessment, 4) Fluency and Assessment, 5) Vocabulary and Assessment, and 6) Comprehension, Writing Instruction and Assessment.

    Each day will focus on the five components of reading, activities, and diagnosing student’s strengths and weaknesses.  Enrichment and Intervention lessons will be modeled and practiced by the instructors and participants.  Literacy centers will be highlighted for each component, too.

    Our days will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 1:00 p.m.  Snacks will be served.  16 CPDU’s will be earned and participants will leave the four days more confident in their reading instruction and assessment abilities.


    Day ONE- We will discuss and examine the challenge of learning to read.  Next, we will introduce the five components of reading and the research that makes them proven BEST practices!  We will begin investigating our five components with an introduction to Phonemic Awareness, which is a strong predictor of a student’s reading success!  Fluency will also be part of the day, and of course, assessment will guide our day and discussions.  Participants will leave with many new tools to teach and assess this critical component.

    DAY TWO-   Phonics, letter naming, sight words and spelling will be the target for the day!  We will model, practice and apply activities for these crucial foundation skills because they MUST be taught to the mastery level by the end of third grade for every student in our classrooms to be reading on grade level by the end of third grade. 

    DAY THREE- Vocabulary and Fluency will be highlighted on this day.  Many activities such as Reader’s Theater, choral reading, echo reading, partner reading, student led fluency checks, academic vocabulary, selecting words and much more will be experienced throughout the day.  Academic vocabulary will be highlighted, too. 

    DAY FOUR- Comprehension and Writing will end the component sessions.  This day will provide activities and strategies that can be used with children to increase their comprehension, as well as to increase their understanding of the types of things they should be looking for when they read text. Get ready to learn two power house strategies:  Question Answer Relationship (QAR) and Close Reading!!!

    Writing is the perfect assessment for comprehension.  Common Core is asking students to do routine writing and long term writing with three types of writing.    Both the standards and PARCC asks students to find evidence in the text to support their own thinking.  Each 3rd grader will be asked to write a prose constructed response as the writing assessment: a Narrative Task or a Literary Analysis Task, and a Research Simulation Task.    This session will include looking at some of the PCR’s on PARCC and discussing how K-2 can help 3rd grade students get ready for the PARCC assessment.  

    Click here to register:  REGISTRATION

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    The Warrensburg-Latham Professional Development Institute

    Warrensburg-Latham is excited to be hosting a Professional Development Institute on August 8th and 9th OPEN to ALL area teachers and administrators.  Registration is only $20 for both days or $12 for one day.  This will cover the cost of lunch.  Attendees will be able to earn PD hours towards their license.  There will be teachers from a variety of districts presenting, including one who is co-authoring a book about Standards-Based Grading with Tom Schimmer.  Day 1 will follow a traditional conference format with the afternoon of Day 2 following an edcamp model. 


    We are hoping that this will be a cost effective way for teachers to receive high-quality and meaningful teacher-led professional development.  This will also provide teachers with a great opportunity to network with one another.   


    For more information and to register, please visit...



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  • 2016 Licensure Renewal & Registration

    When can I renew my license? 

    The ISBE will open the ELIS renewal and registration feature in April.  You may submit your professional development and pay your regsitration fee at that time.  http://www.isbe.net/licensure/html/license-renewal.htm

    Will I receive a registration form to submit? 


    How many PD hours are required?   http://isbe.net/licensure/requirements/prof-dev-requirements140701.pdf

    How will I register my license? 

    Using ELIS, you will be prompted to pay the registration fee immediately after your professional development has been approved.  All major credit/debit cards are accepted. 

    ELIS Instructions    http://isbe.net/Elis/instructions/license-renewal-elis.pdf                

    IWAS Login:  https://sec3.isbe.net/IWASNET/login.aspx 

    Where can I find the "approved" professional development provider list?    http://isbe.net/licensure/requirements/prof-dev-provider-list.pdf

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