Our goal is to provide relevant information for targeted audiences. The MRC staff is available all year round to design and develop the material based upon request.
Workshop: Understanding How Language Works: The Basis for Teaching Reading and Writing (4 hours)
Description: When reading, students face the cumbersome task of deconstructing language in order to derive the message conveyed. Children that have a deeper understanding of how different components of the language work, are better prepared to read successfully. This workshop focuses on the structure of the English language as basic knowledge for all Language Arts teachers. Through hands on experiences, teachers will learn about the 7 syllable types, spelling and syllabication patterns. They will also acquire tools that will facilitate the teaching of phonetic versus nonphonetic words.
Suggested Audience: Elementary School Teachers
Workshop: Reading Comprehension: Understanding the Challenge (4 hours)
Description: The goal of reading comprehension instruction is to develop the ability to wrestle with the most complex texts in order to fully understand what is being read. In order for educators to be able to accomplish this, they have to be able to evaluate text and understand the challenges that they present in order to guide their students in the process of thinking deeply. This workshop helps teachers understand the variables that influence text understanding and introduces the process of close reading.
Suggested Audience: Elementary and Middle School Teachers
Workshop: Phonological Awareness: A Foundational Skill for Reading Acquisition (4 hours)
Description: Phonological Awareness is the understanding of the different ways in which language can be divided into smaller units and manipulated. Phonemic Awareness is the most sophisticated level of phonological awareness, as it involves the manipulation of individual phonemes in language. The significant link between a child’s phonemic awareness skills and ultimate success in reading has been well documented through various studies and research. It is common knowledge that in order for phonological/phonemic awareness instruction to be fruitful, it needs to be designed based on students’ needs and implemented in small groups. In this workshop teachers will understand the difference between phonological awareness and phonemic awareness and how it plays out in instructional practices. They will comprehend the continuum of skills that need to be developed throughout different grade levels. Each skill will be presented through hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom.
Suggested Audience: PPK- 2nd grade teachers
Workshop: Read Alouds: A Shared Experience (4 hours)
Description: Why do teachers read aloud to students in the classroom? Is it worth the time and effort? According to the landmark 1985 report "Becoming a Nation of Readers," reading aloud is "the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading." Throughout this workshop teachers will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of how purposeful and effective read alouds support preschoolers to get a head start in language and literacy acquisition skills. As a result of these powerful learning experiences, their students will most likely reach primary school better prepared to face the process of literacy acquisition. In this hands on workshop, participants will not only understand the importance of involving students in daily read alouds, but of making this experience an active and purposeful one. The instructor will model strategies presented and teachers will have the opportunity to practice them.
Suggested Audience: PPK- K teacher