RAC - Elementary & Middle School

  • Perfect for elementary and middle school teachers, these sessions will help educators empower their students and ignite their passion for reading.

    Keys to Comprehension - 3rd-7th grade ELA teachers

    Series Length: 4 modules

    Delivery Mode: Facilitated synchronous/asynchronous: teachers participate in four virtual live meetings scheduled on set dates and complete online modules at their own pace.

    This professional development series consists of four online modules 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

    Cost: $600 per person

    Synchronous Meeting Dates:  October 13, November 17, January 28, February 24

    Registration is Open:  https://rac2020KeystoComp.eventbrite.com

     

    Text Dependent Analysis: Effective Instructional Practices - 4th-8th grade ELA teachers

    Series Length: 4 modules

    Delivery Mode: Facilitated synchronous/asynchronous: teachers participate in four virtual live meetings scheduled on set dates and complete online modules at their own pace.

    This four-module 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. Modules 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

    Cost: $600 per person

    Synchronous Meeting Dates:  September 16, October 27, December 8, January 26

    Registration is Open:  https://rac2020TDA.eventbrite.com

     

    Text Dependent Analysis Part 2: Effective Instructional Practices

    4th-8th ELA teachers who have previously taken Text Dependent Analysis: Effective Instructional Practices

    Series Length: 3 modules

    Delivery Mode: Facilitated synchronous/asynchronous: teachers participate in three virtual live meetings scheduled on set dates and complete online modules at their own pace.

    This three-module series is open to participants who attended “TDA: Effective Instructional Practices” during a previous 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

    Cost: $450 per person

    Synchronous Meeting Dates: October 15, January 21, February 25

    Registration is Open:  https://rac2020TDApart2.eventbrite.com

     

    Thinking through the Pencil - 4th-8th grade ELA teachers

    Series Length: 4 modules

    Delivery Mode: Facilitated synchronous/asynchronous: teachers participate in four virtual live meetings scheduled on set dates and complete online modules at their own pace.

    Thinking Through the Pencil is a four-module 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

    Cost: $600 per person

    Synchronous Meeting Dates: October 6, November 10, January 12, February 10 

    Registration is Open:  https://rac2020ThinkPencil.eventbrite.com

     

    Adolescent Literacy Institute - Middle and High school English and Reading teachers

    Series Length: 4 modules

    Delivery Mode: Facilitated synchronous/asynchronous: teachers participate in four virtual live meetings scheduled on set dates and complete online modules at their own pace.

    The Adolescent Literacy Institute is a series of online workshop modules 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

    Cost: $600 per person

    Synchronous Meeting Dates:  October 20, December 9, February 2, March 4

    Registration is Open:  https://rac2020AdLit.eventbrite.com

     

    English Language Arts (ELA) Symposium – 2 Dates!

    2020-21 Topic: Teacher Questioning 

    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. The 2020-21 symposiums will be held virtually.

    3rd-5th ELA teachers – November 5  
    Registration: Opens October 1, 2020 https://rac2020symposium3-5.eventbrite.com

    6th-8th ELA teachers – January 14        
    Registration: Opens December 1, 2020 https://rac2021symposium6-8.eventbrite.com