Reading Achievement Center

  • The AIU's Reading Achievement Center (RAC) provides services and support designed to increase student learning and achievement in reading. The center's programs and services provide Allegheny County educators access to high quality professional development,  materials and resources to transform and sustain effective literacy instruction in grades pre-K to 12. RAC offers cohort based professional development at the AIU, as well as customized, onsite curriculum support and professional development.

    2019-2020 Professional Learning Opportunities

     The K-3 Reading Apprenticeship Model

    12 day series – $3,800 per participant

    • An initial session of intensive, comprehensive training in reading history, pedagogy, theory, research and proven instructional practice
    • Monthly follow-up trainings to build depth and breadth of professional knowledge and application
    • All materials (including student materials and professional resources)
    • Monthly (or as needed) on-site technical assistance and corrective feedback
    • Administrators may accompany their registered participants to any or all sessions at no cost

    Dates:

    September 23-24
    October 24-25
    November 20
    December 10-11
    January 21
    February 20
    March 19
    April 16
    May 14

    Registration:  https://rac2019k-3.eventbrite.com

     

    Text Dependent Analysis: Effective Instructional Practices

    4 day series – $600 per participant, 4th-8th grade ELA teachers

    This four-day series focuses on effective teaching practices for helping students overcome some of the biggest struggles with the text dependent analysis (TDA) portion of the PSSA. Sessions will focus on teaching students how to understand the prompt, read and write for analysis, determine the best evidence, and craft the essay. Participants will engage in modeled research-based and classroom-tested activities to strengthen their own instruction.

    • All materials are included
    • Administrators may accompany their registered participants to any or all sessions at no cost

    Dates:

    September 18
    October 24
    December 5
    January 23

    Registration: https://rac2019TDA.eventbrite.com

    PART 2: Text Dependent Analysis: Effective Instructional Practices

    3 day series – $450 per participant, 4th-8th grade ELA teachers who have taken Text Dependent Analysis:  Effective Instructional Practices during the 2017-18 or 2018-19 school year

    This three day series is open to participants who attended “TDA: Effective Instructional Practices” during the 2017-18 or 2018-19 school year. In this series, participants will deepen their understanding of the reading, thinking, and writing processes necessary for TDA success, examine student work, and use the TDA Learning Progressions to make instructional decisions.

    • All materials are included
    • Administrators may accompany their registered participants to any or all sessions at no cost
    • Must have participated in the first TDA series to be accepted into this series

    Dates:

    September 19
    January 23
    March 3

    Registration: https://rac2019TDApart2.eventbrite.com

     Keys to Comprehension ***NEW***

    4 day series - $600 per participant, 3rd-7th grade ELA teachers

    This professional development series consists of four full days of training that focus exclusively on the literacy domain of reading comprehension. Targeted for teachers in grades 3 to 7, the content is directly aligned with the PA Core standards and state test expectations.  Participants learn instructional techniques to unlock reading comprehension, applicable to both literature and informational text.

    • All materials are included
    • Administrators may accompany their registered participants to any or all sessions at no cost

    Dates:

    October 8
    November 12
    December 12
    January 30

    Registration:  https://rac2019KeystoComp.eventbrite.com 

    Thinking through the Pencil ***NEW***

    4 day series - $600 per participant, 4th-8th ELAteachers

    Thinking Through the Pencil is a four-day workshop series designed to build students' critical thinking skills through writing. Designed for practical application in grades 4-8 ELA classrooms, participants engage in instructional practices based on current research on what makes a difference in student writing. Topics include teaching academic form, increasing the frequency of writing opportunities, providing effective and timely feedback, incorporating writing into reading, incorporating grammar instruction into reading and writing, conducting document reviews of student work, and teaching mode-specific writing to meet the writing requirements of the PA Core Standards.

    • All materials are included
    • Administrators may accompany their registered participants to any or all sessions at no cost

    Dates:

    October 17
    November 21
    January 7
    February 11

    Registration:  https://rac2019ThinkPencil.eventbrite.com 

    Adolescent Literacy Institute

    4 day series – $600 per participant, middle and high school English and Reading Teachers

    The Adolescent Literacy Institute is a series of workshops for middle and high school teachers focused on research-based literacy practices that support students as they become college and career ready. Specifically aligned with brain research on how adolescents learn, this workshop series engages participants in the research behind and modeling of effective reading and writing instruction for the secondary grades.

    • All materials are included
    • Administrators may accompany their registered participants to any or all sessions at no cost

    Dates:

    October 30
    December 17
    January 14
    February 26

    Registration:  https://rac2019AdLit.eventbrite.com 

    Comprehension, Close Reading and Complex Text: Laying the Foundation K-2

    4 day series – $400 per participant, K-2 ELA teachers

    Transitioning students to the demands of the PA Core Standards is not a job just for teachers in the tested grades! This four-day series will support teachers in the primary grades in aligning their instructional practices to the PA Core. Participants will engage with teaching informational text, text dependent questions, close reading, scaffolding instruction using complex text, annotating text, designing rigorous tasks, and incorporating academic vocabulary into students’ vocabularies, specifically focusing on how to implement these concepts into everyday practice.

    • All materials are included
    • Administrators may accompany their registered participants to any or all sessions at no cost

    Dates:

    January 14
    February 12
    March 11
    April 7

    Registration: https://rac2019k-2Foundation.eventbrite.com 

     

     English Language Arts (ELA) Symposium

    2 days (no cost) 

    2019-20 Topic: Close Reading

    The Reading Achievement Center provides two annual symposiums that focus on expert literacy practices aligned to the PA Core standards along with modeled instruction that meets the rigor of the standards.

    Dates:

    November 14 (3rd - 5th ELA Teachers)  Registration:https://rac3-5symposium2019.eventbrite.com
    January 28 (6th- 8th ELA Teachers) Registration: https://rac6-8symposium2020.eventbrite.com



     Act 45 Course: Supporting Teacher Growth with ELA Common Core Shifts

    6-day series – No cost for administrators in Allegheny County schools

    • The targeted audience for this course is school-based administrators who are seeking additional professional learning to support teacher practice in the area of literacy as it relates to the Common Core Shifts, specifically in the elementary grades.
    • The six-session course will provide administrators with a total of 41 Act 45 hours (21 in class hours, 20 hours of outside assignments).
    • Free for administrators in Allegheny County schools;  $150.00 for administrators outside of Allegheny County 

    Dates:  October 2 & 29, December 6, January 9, February 6, March 5

    Registration:   https://rac2019act45ela.eventbrite.com

    Role Alike Groups

    RAC Reading Specialists’ Network

    4 sessions – No Cost

    Join the RAC Reading Specialists’ Network for an opportunity to connect with other reading specialists in Allegheny County.  Each session will feature research-based best practices and strategies to support reading specialists in being effective in their role as they work with students, teachers, and parents in all three tiers of literacy.  The network is open to Reading Specialists who have participated in the 2017-18 Network as well as new participants. 

    Dates:  October 1, November 6, January 8, March 10

    Registration:  https://2019racreadingspecialist.eventbrite.com

     

    PIIC Instructional Coaches’ Network

    9 sessions – No Cost

    Join a network of fellow instructional coaches for monthly professional learning workshops provided by Heather Moschetta, Instructional Coach Mentor for the PA Institute for Instructional Coaching (PIIC), and Kevin Conner, Instructional Technology Coordinator. Sessions will feature professional learning specific to the needs of instructional coaches, on topics determined by the network group and supported by PIIC and PDE. The network is open to all coaches in AIU3, including literacy coaches, math coaches, technology coaches, and instructional coaches. Email heather.moschetta@aiu3.net or kevin.conner@aiu3.net to join our network email list and receive registration information for each monthly session.

    Dates:     

    September 12
    October 9
    November 13
    December 11
    January 22
    February 20
    March 12
    April 15
    May 19

    Reading Achievement Center Resources:

    The RAC room has limited samples of effective commercial programs and other educator resources to supplement and enhance classroom instruction and out-of-school learning. Reading Achievement Center staff are available to assist districts in reviewing curricular and instructional materials.

     

    Contact heather.moschetta@aiu3.net or lisa.yonek@aiu3.net for more information.

Reading Achievement Center Calendar