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  1. Curriculum Directors Meeting
    Directors from Region 2 will meet regularly throughout the school year to share legislative updates, professional development opportunities, and network with one another.

    This is a closed meeting designed for Region 2 Curriculum Directors only.



  2. Innovative Approaches to Reading and Writing Series
    Helping teachers see the connections between reading and writing through innovative and effective strategies.

  3. Master Key to the New ELAR TEKS
    This session will dive deeper into the Author's Purpose and Craft strand of the newly revised ELAR TEKS for grades 6-8. Participants will learn how author's purpose and craft is central and crucial to planning and teaching all modes of communication: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking. They will also participate in activities that highlight strategies to help students study purpose and craft. The ultimate goal is for students to be able to think more deeply about texts they read, participate in discussions, and write to reflect and express.

  4. Best Practices in Literacy Instruction

    The ability to read and write is empowering; it is the way students access content in every academic subject and is essential to many life activities.
    Readers must be able to accurately read text with automaticity, make sense of the words, connect the meaning with prior knowledge, and use strategies to monitor and repair comprehension. To become successful readers, most children require systematic and explicit instruction in the five essential components: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

    Writers must be able to plan for a specific audience and purpose, organize and develp ideas, construct effective sentences, and apply conventions of spelling, grammar, and punctuation. To become accomplished writers, students need direct instruction in writing, constructive feedback, and daily opportunities to write for a variety of purposes.

  5. Teacher Planning and Student Products with the new ELAR TEKS

    This session will fuse new ELAR TEKS with technology! We will explore how to implement Google Sites in the secondary ELAR classroom to create more dynamic lessons and student products. Not only is it easy for the teacher to implement, it is also a great way for students to keep an interactive notebook of their reading and writing products. The secondary ELAR specialist and Instructional Technology specialist will combine resources to show teachers how to plan and deliver activities and how to enhance student products and motivation using Google Sites.

     

     


  6. STAAR Focus: Writing
    Participants will study the rigorous writing expectations for STAAR and create a plan of action that includes the use of direct instruction based on their district's curriculum documents.

  7. Effective Planning in the ELAR Classroom

    A lesson plan is like a road map. A successful lesson plan addresses and integrates three key components:
    Destination -- the objectives for student learning
    Route -- teaching/learning activities
    Milestones -- strategies to check for student understanding


  8. Building the Elementary ELAR Teacher Toolkit
    Building teacher capacity to meet the needs of students is critical to student success. Teachers must be prepared with resources and supports to make sure student needs are met. This series focuses on providing teachers with tools and structures that will enhance instruction.

  9. Informational Text Series
    In order to support the struggling learners in our Region 2 with Informational Texts, this training has been created to help instructors understand the pillars of the genre. Participants will learn about expository foundations such as organization, author's purpose, idea development, and audience awareness. More importantly, teachers will walk away with instructional approaches and strategies that can raise regional STAAR scores.    

  10. Word Power for the Early Childhood Classroom

    Research shows that there is a vast gap between high SES children and low SES children in the areas of oral language and vocabulary building.  Children need multiple opportunities to listen and speak throughout the day to bridge the gap.  In this workshop, participants will study the process and mechanics of language development, language acquisition, and instructional best practices that promote and support language development for low SES and EL students.  They will also practice and take home many activities that will boost language development in centers, foster social skills through language, and encourage vocabulary development in the classroom.


  11. Balanced Literacy
    Participants will learn about the components of the balanced literacy framework and how to incorporate each of the components into their ELAR classrooms.  

  12. Best Practices in Identifying Dyslexia/Dysgraphia for 504 or IDEA

    This session provides an overview of the referral, evaluation, and identification of dyslexia and dysgraphia through the 504 and special education pathways.  Participants will explore the definitions and characteristics of dyslexia, dysgraphia, and Specific Learning Disability (SLD), and understand the evaluation and identification process through a differential diagnosis approach. 


  13. 2020 Textbook Expo
    The Education Service Center, Region 2, invites all regional public school districts to participate in the 2020 Textbook Expo at the ESC-2 facility in Corpus Christi. The event will give public school district staff the opportunity to visit with textbook and instructional materials publishers and view samples of products to facilitate the textbook adoption process.

    For additional information, contact Jodi Ferguson or Melissa Morin.

  14. Demystifying Decoding for Struggling Readers

    The ability to solve unfamiliar words efficiently is critical to becoming a successful reader because it "frees the brain" to focus attention on comprehension of text. Students who struggle to decode are at a disadvantage and need appropriate support.

    This session will provide strategies for teaching:

    • phonemic awareness
    • principles of phonics
    • structural analysis

    Learn how to help students approach unknown words--especially multisyllabic words--
    strategically to help them become successful readers.



209 North Water St.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401-2528
phone: (361)561-8400 fax:(361)883-3442