Category Archives for Workshops

1 Patterns of Wonder & Patterns of Power, July 24th

Patterns of Wonder & Patterns of Power, July 24th Half-Day Sessions

Patterns of Wonder: Inviting Emergent Writers to Play with the Conventions of Language, PreK-1st Grade

Led by Whitney LaRocca, this workshop is designed for those who teach or support emergent writers in PreK, kindergarten, or 1st grade, this workshop will provide a developmentally appropriate process for engaging students in the exploration of what writers do when they make marks on a page. Let's move the conventions of language from being viewed as right and wrong to seeing them as providing meaning and effect in both oral and written language. Let's engage in brain-based, practical ways to use the reading-writing connection to teach grammar and conventions for meaning making that grows even our youngest writers and readers. 

Morning Session Information

When

Wednesday, July 24, 2024, 8:30am to 11:30am CST

Where

Hartford Learning Center, 5340 Hartford Street, Abilene, TX 79605

Cost

$95 Per Registrant does not include the book*


Patterns of Power: Inviting Young & Adolescent Writers into the Conventions of Language,  2nd-8th Grade

Led by Whitney LaRocca, this workshop is designed for those who teach or support 2nd through 8th graders. Meaning is made when reading and writing crash together in the conventions of language. Join us as we explore ways to support composition and comprehension with our young writers by harnessing the language conventions. Let's move the conventions of language from being viewed as right and wrong to seeing them as providing meaning and effect. Let's enjoy the curiosity and wonder young children have around what writers do. Let's engage in brain-based, practical ways to use the reading-writing connection to teach grammar and editing in a way that grows our writers and readers.

Session Information

When

Wednesday, July 24, 2024, 12:30pm to 3:30pm CST

Where

Hartford Learning Center, 5340 Hartford Street, Abilene, TX 79605 

Cost

$95 Per Registrant does not include the book*



WHITNEY LaROCCA, with more than 20 years in education, has been a teacher, a literacy coach, and a consultant, working with children and teachers across grade levels, schools, and districts. With a deep knowledge of content, standards, and best practices, Whitney enjoys delivering professional development and coaching teachers to support children as they develop their identities in the world of literacy. She continues to learn from children each day.


2 Patterns of Power Application & Transfer & Patterns of Revision, 3-8, July 25th

Patterns of Power Application and Transfer & Patterns of Revision, 3-8

July 25th Half-Day Sessions

Patterns of Power Application and Transfer, 2-8

Patterns of Power: Transfer and Application, Grades 1-5

This workshop, led by Whitney LaRocca, is designed for teachers already implementing the Patterns of Power process in their classrooms, this session provides multiple strategies for inviting students to transfer what they have learned during the process to all writing opportunities throughout their day. Whitney La Rocca will invite participants to use the strategies in their own writing, so come with a notebook and pen in hand!

Morning Session Information

When

Thursday, July 25, 2024, 8:30am to 11:30am CST

Where

Hartford Learning Center, 5340 Hartford Street, Abilene, TX 79605

Cost

$95 Per Registrant does not include the book*


*Newly Published* Patterns of Revision, 3-8

Invite students into the act of revision with any piece of writing using the brand new Patterns of Revision lesson process from the best-selling authors that brought you Patterns of Power for authentic grammar instruction. Whitney La Rocca will share why revision is important for students to understand and how teachers can explicitly teach and engage their young writers in discovering how to revise for coherence and clarity:

  • Delete repetitive and extraneous information
  • Rearrange for a logical progression
  • Add information to connect and clarify
  • Combine ideas and sentences

Whitney will also interactively connect this work to STAAR with constructed responses in both reading and writing and the revision of them. Bring joy and conversation into your classrooms with strategies learned throughout this powerful day. Come ready to write, talk, laugh, and learn!

Session Information

When

Thursday, July 25, 2024, 12:30pm to 3:30pm CST

Where

Hartford Learning Center, 5340 Hartford Street, Abilene, TX 79605 

Cost

$95 Per Registrant does not include the book*



WHITNEY LaROCCA, with more than 20 years in education, has been a teacher, a literacy coach, and a consultant, working with children and teachers across grade levels, schools, and districts. With a deep knowledge of content, standards, and best practices, Whitney enjoys delivering professional development and coaching teachers to support children as they develop their identities in the world of literacy. She continues to learn from children each day.


3 Patterns of Wonder & Bridging Patterns of Power to STAAR, 3-8, October 17, 2024

Patterns of Wonder  & Bridging Patterns of Power to STAAR, 3-8

October 17, 2024

Patterns of Wonder: Inviting Emergent Writers to Play with the Conventions of Language, PreK-1st Grade

Led by Whitney LaRocca, this workshop is designed for those who teach or support emergent writers in PreK, kindergarten, or 1st grade, this workshop will provide a developmentally appropriate process for engaging students in the exploration of what writers do when they make marks on a page. Let's move the conventions of language from being viewed as right and wrong to seeing them as providing meaning and effect in both oral and written language. Let's engage in brain-based, practical ways to use the reading-writing connection to teach grammar and conventions for meaning making that grows even our youngest writers and readers. 

Session Information

When

Thursday, October 17th, 9am to 3pm CST

Where

Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, TX 

Cost

$209 Per Registrant does not include the book*



WHITNEY LaROCCA, with more than 20 years in education, has been a teacher, a literacy coach, and a consultant, working with children and teachers across grade levels, schools, and districts. With a deep knowledge of content, standards, and best practices, Whitney enjoys delivering professional development and coaching teachers to support children as they develop their identities in the world of literacy. She continues to learn from children each day.


Bridging Patterns of Power to the Revised STAAR Test, Grades 3-8

Led by Travis Leech, this workshop is designed for those who teach or support grades 3-8 and have experience with the Patterns of Power process. Meaning is made when reading and writing crash together in the conventions of language. Join us to explore ways to harness the language conventions to purposefully activate meaning in both comprehension and composition. Let’s move the conventions of language from being viewed as right and wrong to seeing them as providing meaning and effect. Let’s move from test practice to best practice that prepares students for any writing challenge, multiple choice or otherwise. Let’s move toward brain-based, practical ways to use the reading-writing connection to teach grammar and editing in a way that grows adolescent writers and readers.

Session Information

When

Thursday, October 17th, 9am to 3pm CST

Where

Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, TX 

Cost

$209 Per Registrant does not include the book*



TRAVIS LEECH is a middle school instructional coach in Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, TX. He has fourteen years of experience in education, including teaching middle school English Language Arts and as a gifted and talented specialist. Travis is also a co-author of Patterns of Power, 6-8 and Patterns of Power, 9-12


4 Engaging all Students using a Math Workshop Structure, October 22, 2024

Engaging all Students using a Math Workshop Structure

Engaging all Students using a Math Workshop Structure, is facilitated by Jennifer Lempp, author of Math Workshop. This full-day live professional learning session will walk participants through the structures and the philosophy of a math workshop model of instruction. The session will highlight each component of the math workshop model and show how to implement this in the classroom. Participants will see for themselves how using a math workshop approach can help to decrease anxiety, increase engagement, and help teachers to differentiate in a meaningful and sustainable way.

Participants will: 

•Gain an understanding of what math workshop is and why it is supportive of learning for ALL students

•Explore how the components of math workshop provide the greatest opportunities for engagement and differentiation

•Reflect on current instructional practices in mathematics and identify connections to math workshop

Session Information

When

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2024

9:00AM CST- 3:00PM CST

Where

Virtual Live Workshop

* Recording will be sent to all who register, and will be available for ONE week, post workshop. *

Cost

$209

Audience

K-8 teachers and/or teacher leaders


Jennifer Lempp is the author of Math Workshop: Five Steps to Implementing Guided Math, Learning Stations, Reflection, and More. This book is a practical resource meant to support teachers with strategies and structures to help create a learning environment where students are engaged in purposeful mathematics experiences.

Jennifer consults with schools and districts around the country, providing professional development on mathematics content and instructional practices. Additionally, Jennifer supports school leaders on the development of mathematics professional learning and school improvement plans. She is also an experienced online educator and offers many virtual sessions for teachers and leaders. 

Jennifer has experience teaching at both the elementary and middle school levels. Additionally, she served as a math coach and district leader for many years. Jennifer is a Nationally Board-certified teacher in Early Adolescence mathematics, and in her 20+ years in education has found joy in the teaching of both students and teachers. 

Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s in elementary and special education from Duquesne University and a Master’s degree in education from North Carolina Central University. She earned a K-8 Mathematics Specialist endorsement through her coursework at George Mason University and her Administration and Supervision certificate from Virginia Commonwealth University. She most recently earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Virginia. 

Jennifer’s goal is to ensure all students have positive mathematics experiences and that teachers have the tools to support all students in the area of mathematics. You can follow Jennifer Lempp on Twitter @Lempp5 and learn more about her and her work on her website: mathworkshop.net.


5 Patterns of Revision, 3-8, October 24, 2024

Patterns of Revision 3-5 & Patterns of Revision 6-8

October 24, 2024

*NEWLY PUBLISHED* Patterns of Revision, Grades 3-5 & Grades 6-8

Invite students into the act of revision with any piece of writing using the brand new Patterns of Revision lesson process from the best-selling authors that brought you Patterns of Power for authentic grammar instruction. Whitney La Rocca will share why revision is important for students to understand and how teachers can explicitly teach and engage their young writers in discovering how to revise for coherence and clarity:

  • Delete repetitive and extraneous information
  • Rearrange for a logical progression
  • Add information to connect and clarify
  • Combine ideas and sentences

Whitney and Travis will also interactively connect this work to STAAR with constructed responses in both reading and writing and the revision of them. Bring joy and conversation into your classrooms with strategies learned throughout this powerful day. Come ready to write, talk, laugh, and learn!

Session Information


Whitney will lead a session focused on grades 3-5

Travis will lead a session focused on grades 6-8

When

Thursday, October 24th, 9am to 3pm CST

Where

Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, TX

Cost

$209 Per Registrant does not include the book*



WHITNEY LaROCCA, with more than 20 years in education, has been a teacher, a literacy coach, and a consultant, working with children and teachers across grade levels, schools, and districts. With a deep knowledge of content, standards, and best practices, Whitney enjoys delivering professional development and coaching teachers to support children as they develop their identities in the world of literacy. She continues to learn from children each day.





TRAVIS LEECH is a middle school instructional coach in Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, TX. He has fourteen years of experience in education, including teaching middle school English Language Arts and as a gifted and talented specialist. Travis is also a co-author of Patterns of Power, 6-8 and Patterns of Power, 9-12


6 Teaching Reading Across the Day, November 6, 2024

Teaching Reading Across the Day

This full-day, interactive, online institute led by author Jennifer Serravallo is based on her new release with Corwin: Teaching Reading Across the Day. In this institute, she’ll teach nine effective, predictable, research-based lesson structures participants  can use whether teaching English language arts, science, or social studies in grades K-8. Through explanation, activities and videos, attendees will learn the pacing and structures of each lesson type, as well as high-leverage, research-based practices that are important across all lesson types such as building vocabulary and knowledge, incorporating responsiveness, making appropriate text choices, and keeping students highly engaged. Throughout, Jen will connect to the science of teaching reading—sharing key research studies and replicated findings—and also speak to the art of teaching—honoring teachers’ craft and decision-making.

Learning intentions:

During this institute, we are learning how to bring effective literacy practices into all content areas, how to build knowledge and content across the day, and how to use high-leverage lesson structures to maximize effectiveness and engagement. 

Success Criteria:

I can…

1. Identify purposes for nine lesson structures (read aloud, phonics and spelling, vocabulary, focus, shared reading, close reading, guided inquiry, reader’s theater, and conversation).

2. Visualize how various lesson structures will work with the specific grade level and subject area(s) I teach.

3. Plan an engaging lesson using a provided lesson template.

4. Apply strategies to keep students engaged during lessons.

5. Demonstrate an understanding of how to incorporate vocabulary instruction and intentional knowledge building within each lesson type.

6. Make informed choices about which texts to use for which lesson structures and purposes.

7. Learn how to, when planning, anticipate ways I may respond to students during lessons, and learn how to make in-the-moment decisions to respond to students aligned to lesson objectives.

8. Cite key research findings that undergird the recommendations in the institute.

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Session Information

When

Wednesday, November 6, 2024

9:00AM CST- 3:00PM CST

Where

Zoom

*Can't attend the virtual live session- Recording will be sent to all who register, and will be available for ONE week, post workshop. *

Cost

$299

*Price does NOT include book. Book is recommended for workshop.

Who Should Participate?

Teachers of Grades K-8, literacy coaches, reading interventionists,
school administrators, professors of education, school librarians, curriculum coordinators, ELA supervisors.


Jennifer Serravallo is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Reading Strategies Book and The Writing Strategies Book, which have been translated into Spanish, French, and Chinese. These and her other popular books and resources help teachers make goal-directed responsive strategy instruction, conferring, and small group work doable in every classroom. Her newest titles are Teaching Writing in Small Groups, A Teacher’s Guide to Reading ConferencesUnderstanding Texts and Readers, and the assessment and teaching resource Complete Comprehension for Fiction and Nonfiction.

Jen is a frequently invited speaker at national and regional conferences and travels throughout the US and Canada to provide full-day workshops and to work with teachers and students in classrooms. She is also an experienced online educator who regularly offers live webinar series and full-day online workshops, and is the creator of two self-paced asynchronous online courses, most recently Strategies in Action: Reading and Writing Methods and Content.

Jen began her career in education as an NYC public school teacher. Now as a consultant, she has spent the last fifteen+ years helping teachers across the country create literacy classrooms where students are joyfully engaged, and the instruction is meaningfully individualized to students' goals. Jen is also a member of Parents Magazine Board of Advisors for education and literacy. 

Jen holds a BA from Vassar College and an MA from Teachers College, where she has also taught graduate and undergraduate classes.

Follow Jen on X (@jserravallo) and Instagram (@jenniferserravallo), learn more from her website/blog: www.jenniferserravallo.com, and join the Reading and Writing Strategies Facebook Community.