Diving Deep into Phonics – Birmingham, AL & Atlanta, GA

Birmingham, AL:  February 27, 2018  |  Birmingham Marriott  |  3590 Grandview Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35243
Atlanta, GA:  February 28, 2018  |  Cobb Energy Centre |  2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339
TIME:  8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
COST:  $155.00 without professional books  |  $205.00 with professional books (A Fresh Look at Phonics & Guided Reading 2nd Edition)
DETAILS:  Lunch is provided with registration fee

A FRESH LOOK AT PHONICS — Lead by Wiley Blevins  

This session explores the key characteristics of strong phonics instruction [e.g., readiness skills (phonemic awareness/alphabet recognition), sensible scope and sequence, blending, dictation, word awareness (word building and word sorts), high-frequency words, connected text reading, and teacher expertise] and the 10 common causes of phonics instructional failure. Participants will explore these instructional issues through a combination of discussion and hands-on exploration with the goal of fine-tuning them to maximize instructional success. This workshop is based on Blevins’ work with school districts—examining test scores vs. instructional tools and classroom practices to identify the mismatches and areas of weakness that impede or slow learning.

Powerful Contexts for Reading Instruction: Guided Reading. Reading Conferences. Strategy Groups — Lead by Tiffany Coleman 

Are you wondering what these terms really mean, or how to better implement and integrate them to meet the needs and accelerate the literacy learning of your students?  Join us for an afternoon of diving deep into powerful contexts for reading instruction.  In this session, we will discuss the frameworks and architecture of guided reading, reading conferences and strategy groups.  We will actively engage in collaborative planning for guided reading; learn how to formatively assess students to quickly determine teaching points that propel readers forward in their reading process; and make connections between these teaching points and conferring with readers in reading workshop.  Finally, we will discuss and engage in crafting lessons for strategy groups that enhance student understanding and application of various reading comprehension skills and strategies.


Wiley Blevins  

Wiley Blevins is an author and educational consultant living in New York City. He completed graduate school at Harvard University and has taught both in the United States and South America. Wiley had conducted educational research on topics ranging from fluency to the use of decodable text, created reading instructional programs for companies such as Scholastic and McGraw-Hill, and has written over 15 books for teachers. These include A Fresh Look at Phonics, Phonics from A to Z, Teaching Phonics and Word Study in the Intermediate Grades, Phonemic Awareness Activities for Early Reading Success, Building Fluency, and Teaching Nonfiction. He also writes children’s books, such as the Spooky Tales Retold series and the Ick and Crud early chapter book series. Wiley’s current interests include the use of adaptive technology and differentiated teacher training.

Tiffany Coleman 

Tiffany Coleman is a 28 year veteran educator.  During her 23 years at the elementary school level, she taught kindergarten, first grade, Reading Recovery, Title I Reading, Special Education, and was a building and district level instructional coach, providing professional learning to other literacy coaches throughout her district.  At the college level, Tiffany has taught graduate courses in reading instruction and assessment at two institutions and directed Georgia State University’s Reading Endorsement Program.  Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia.  Ever the elementary reading teacher at heart, Tiffany teaches her college courses in Title I elementary schools, continually working with preservice and in service teachers as they strive to better use literacy assessment to drive differentiated instruction.  Additionally, she consults with individual schools and school districts to increase student achievement and teacher efficacy through the implementation of exemplary literacy instruction.  Tiffany has more than fifteen years of experience leading professional development on various educational products such as Leveled Literacy Intervention and Benchmark Assessment System (Fountas & Pinnell) and has trained administrators, districts, and individual schools on these products and the balanced literacy framework and reading workshop model.  Most importantly, Tiffany is a wife and a mom of a son and a daughter, both in middle school.  An avid reader and teacher, she loves to connect with those who share interests in literacy.  Follow her @TColemanreads on twitter.