Elementary School Professional Development

In elementary school, explicit instruction in reading stops at the third grade as content becomes the central focus of the curriculum. And although there are a number of good reasons why this shift happens, we must realize that gaps in our students' abilities to read start here.

As texts become more sophisticated and reading assignments more challenging, students need the reading support they once received. The "learning to read" strategies utilized in first and second grades do not adequately support the reading demands that third and fourth graders experience. After the third grade, students are expected to read independently and do something with what they have read. Students, therefore, lack the academic skills necessary to perform well in rigorous learning environments.

As a response to this need, LiteracyTA's on-site and online trainings will equip elementary teachers with the reading comprehension strategies and basic writing skills our young students need to advance successfully into secondary education.

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What your teachers will do
  • Participate in authentic discussions about how to support and improve literacy instruction across content areas.
  • Explore practical literacy skills and instructional methods that improve student achievement.
  • Develop a skill-based pedagogy that delivers rigorous and supportive classroom instruction.
  • Deepen their understanding of how to implement the Common Core literacy standards (CCRS).
  • Integrate powerful 21st century literacy strategies that make teaching and learning fun and engaging for all students.
How our program works

We have a simple goal:

Develop in students both a deep knowledge of literacy skills and the strategic flexibility to think independently about how best to apply skill knowledge.

Action Steps

All professional development begins with our Foundation training. After the Foundation, educators can take specialty trainings that support their schools’ literacy goals. Educators interested in developing into literacy specialists can participate in our Coach program and work toward becoming a Certified Literacy Coach (CLC).

Step 1 Foundation to skill-based instruction

Reading First

Reading First is designed to equip elementary school teachers (grades 3-6) with a number of powerful literacy strategies that teach students how to be independent, strategic readers. Although writing is a key component to this training, the emphasis is on reading. Students must learn how to read silently, read carefully, and read with purpose.

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Training Resources

Participants will receive the following
 
 
1 year of access to the TA (Teacher Assistant)

Delivery

On-site Training
2 Days/12 Hours
Hands On Workshop
Limited to 40 Participants

Add-on

+Connect allows us to stay connected with your teachers all year long.

Step 2 Specialize in a literacy skill

Specialties

Our Academic Specialty trainings are designed for educators who have successfully completed LiteracyTA’s Foundation to Skill-Based Instruction. Schools and districts can select a single day of training, but we recommend bundling two consecutive trainings together.

We recommend educators participate in two to four days of specialty trainings each year so they have time to go back to the classroom and implement the skills and teaching methods they have learned.

Training Resources

Participants will receive the following
 
 
1 year of access to the TA (Teacher Assistant)

Delivery

On-site Training
1 Day/6 Hours
Hands On Workshop
Limited to 40 Participants
- or -
Online Training
3 hours/month for 2 months
Webinars and Videos
Limited to 40 Participants

21st Century Skills

This training exposes teachers to highly engaging online tools and applications that motivate and excite students. In addition to learning about online applications like discussion boards, websites, and advanced presentation tools, participants explore the value of online and face-to-face collaboration, creativity and innovation, as well as proper electronic communication.

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Academic Reading

This hands on workshop deepens elementary teachers' knowledge of active reading strategies that increase comprehension and retention of main ideas in non-fiction texts. Participants explore specific ways to engage students in purpose driven reading and learn strategies that improve students' confidence and ability to read independently.

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Academic Speaking

This interactive training explores effective ways to engage students in various student interactions. Participants learn how to plan and implement a mix of small group and pair-share activities that increase student engagement and comprehension of new ideas. The goal of collaboration should always be to inspire intellectual energy and critical thinking.

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Academic Writing

This training targets essential academic writing skills that help students develop into independent writers who can adjust and respond effectively to a variety of writing situations.

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Step 3 Become a literacy coach

Senior Coach

Once educators complete all four specialty trainings, they are eligible to enroll in our Mastering Skill-Based Instruction training. This highly interactive training is the capstone course for our LiteracyTA professional development. In this training, participants master the art of skill-based instruction and emerge as literacy leaders.

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Training Resources

Participants will receive the following
 
 
1 year of access to the TA (Teacher Assistant)

Delivery

On-site Training
2 Days/12 Hours
Hands On Workshop
Limited to 40 Participants

Step 4 Certified Literacy Coach (CLC)

Take your professional teaching career to the next level by becoming a Certified Literacy Coach (CLC). Participants must complete the Foundation to Skill-Based Instruction, four specialties, our Mastering Skill-Based Instruction, and fulfill the following requirements.

Three samples of student work for each of our core literacy skills...

  • Analyzing Prompts
  • Read 1, Speak 2, Write 3
  • Marking a Text
  • Analyzing Text Structure
  • Source Summary

Two 3-5 minute video showcasing your students engaged in academic discussions.

  • Debate a Side
  • Peer Review

One 3-5 minute video of the candidate in action teaching a skill from LiteracyTA’s Skill Library.

Create two lesson plans using LiteracyTA’s Skill-Based Lesson Planner.

Teacher Reflection (Self-study)

Our Fans

Awesome!!! LiteracyTA Rocks!!!”

- Jennifer (Santa Barbara, CA)

I like that you are currently teaching and all of the resources keep that in mind! I think the website is excellent and I really like how you have everything organized (especially the strategy slides). Thank you.”

- Roberta (Santa Barbara, CA)

I have been teaching for 37 years in Elementary School. (Bi-lingual Spanish & English). These are the first seminars that I have been to that have given me so many useful strategies.”

- Kathy (Santa Barbara, CA)

I am most excited about the many ways presented to more directly involve all students in the learning process. I love the ways presented to involve students not only with text, but each other.”

- Jim (Santa Barbara, CA)

I have used the deconstructing of text methods in my classroom on all varieties of expository text. They are so effective and the students are becoming Pro's!”

- Jeannette (Santa Barbara, CA)

I am excited to continue on the journey to CCSS because of the support LiteracyTA offers! I can use it tomorrow. It's not more work. It helps the kids.”

- Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)

I am excited to continue on the journey to CCSS because of the support LiteracyTA offers! I can use it tomorrow. It's not more work. It helps the kids.”

- Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)

Relevant. Love walking out the door with strategies to use in class tomorrow. Powerful tools. LOVE the lesson plan function. AWESOME!!!”

- Jennifer (Santa Barbara, CA)

I am excited to use the planner, the book and website resources. These skills I have learned today, I plan to use in my classroom.”

- Shawna (Santa Barbara, CA)

I appreciate that the strategies I learned today can be put into use tomorrow.”

- Lisa (Santa Barbara, CA)

Great useful information and techniques.”

- Kathryn (Santa Barbara, CA)

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