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Grades 5-8 Teachers
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Grades 5-8 Teachers
Presented by: Sarah Buxton
Sarah Buxton first started her career as a middle school teacher in Brooklyn where she taught Reader's and Writer's workshops to grades 6 and 7. Coauthor of Workshop that Work!, Sarah became a lead teacher and then Literacy Coach at a Collaborative Team Teaching school. This opportunity afforded her the chance to put theory into practice, continue learning with Mary Ehrenworth from Teacher's College and develop a strong eye for differentiation for all learners. Today, Sarah works independently as a consultant in schools in the Bronx, New Jersey, and Long Island and has traveled to Texas and Tennessee to share best practices with colleagues. Reader's and Writer's Workshop, Guided reading, subject area literacy and the New Common Core Curriculum are just some of her areas of expertise.
Presented by: Kirsten Widmer
Kirsten Widmer is an educational consultant working in elementary, middle and high schools. With over twelve years of experience working with teachers and administrators as an independent consultant, a staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project under the directorship of Lucy Calkins, and teacher leader, Kirsten brings her enthusiasm for learning, passion for reading and writing and practical approach to workshops and classrooms.
Kirsten holds practical workshops on a variety of topics ranging from launching and maintaining strong reading and writing workshops, conferring and assessing readers and writers, and reading and writing in the content areas (for Social Studies and Science teachers). She is co-author of Workshops That Work!: 30 Days of Minilessons, which provides strategies for upper elementary and middle school teachers launching reading and writing workshops in their classrooms.
8:30- 11:30

Presented by Sarah Buxton

Increasing Comprehension
of Nonfiction Reading

12:30 - 3:00

Presented by Kirsten Widmer

Increasing Comprehension
of Fiction Reading

  • Conversational moves and written responses to text that foster comprehension and higher order thinking skills
  • Strategies for promoting accountable talk and for raising the level of literature response
  • Questioning techniques to encourage in-depth reading
  • Explicit reading skill instruction for visualizing synthesizing, making connections, determining importance and Inferring
  • Teaching tips and ideas that benefit struggling readers as well as proficient and advanced readers
  • Suggestions for maximizing the effectiveness of the interactive read aloud, partnerships and book clubs
  • Simple procedures for monitoring student progress
  • Various kinds of questions we can ask in whole group, small group book club or strategy group instruction and one on one teaching situations
Registration Information:
Fee: $125 per person. Register 4 weeks in advance and pay only $100 per person. No confirmation will be sent. Your cancelled check or credit card statement will be your receipt.

Cancellations one week prior to the workshop date, will be refunded less a $15.00 cancellation fee. Later cancellations will receive credit towards an upcoming workshop. Substitutions are allowed at any time.

If workshop is cancelled due to inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled. Refunds will not be granted, but we will issue credit towards a future workshop.

Payment is due prior to the workshop. Fee includes seminar registration, a personalized certificate of attendance, refreshments, and a resource handbook. On-site registration is available, if space allows. Please call ahead to check on space availability.
Program Schedule:
8:00-8:30 Coffee and tea
8:30-3:00 Workshop (lunch on your own)
Meeting Sites and Accommodations:
Please make your own hotel reservations directly with the hotel.For directions please call hotel or visit hotel website.

Holiday Inn, Clark N.J.:
36 Valley Road
Clark, NJ

Staff Development Workshops, Inc.
1427 Fourteenth Street • Lakewood, NJ 08701
732.367.8030 • (fax) 732.370.4978
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