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  1. Kelly Gallagher

    **PLEASE NOTE: Registration will close on November 2, 2018.**

    Region 2 is proud to have distinguished author and devoted teacher, Kelly Gallagher, present here at the Education Service Center.

    Kelly Gallagher teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California, where he is in his 33rd year. He is the former co-director of the South Basin Writing Project at California State University, Long Beach, and the former president of the Secondary Reading Group for the International Literacy Association. Kelly is the author of several books on adolescent literacy, most notably Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It and Write Like This. Kelly’s latest book, co-written with Penny Kittle, is 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents. Follow Kelly on Twitter @KellyGToGo, and visit him at


  2. 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.

  3. Literature Based Activities to Teach Reading and Math in Early Childhood

    How can you take one book and teach several reading and math activities? This workshop will not only review the research behind using literature based activities to teach reading and math to early childhood students, it will also provide participants with a set of materials to take back with them! Join us for this fun make and take to get you started with materials to teach literature and math, plus ideas to make more. 

  4. 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.

  5. Group Work and True Collaboration
    This workshop will help teachers develop activities for group work that requires all students to participate..

  6. The Reading and Writing Connection
    Teachers must make natural connections between reading and writing.  This leads students to see how reading and writing skills and strategies are interrelated.

  7. Best Practices in Literacy Instruction

    The ability to read 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.

  8. Fundamentals of Guided Reading

    Guided reading is a form of group instruction in which we introduce children to the techniques of reading new or unseen material for personal satisfaction and understanding. - Don Holdaway

    This instructional technique allows for students to engage with a rich variety of texts and are taught how to build an effective and efficient reading processing system.

  9. Creating Quality Writers
    This workshop focuses on effective ways to teach students the skills needed to write quality essays using appropriate grade level literature in order to make the most of the Reading/Writing connection in ELAR.

  10. The Power of Poetry

    Poetry is intense emotion, playful language, rhythm and sound. It is meant to be savored and shared. Poetry is engaging to students and can have a positive impact on their creative thinking.

    But devoting time to the study of poetry can strengthen literacy instruction in ways that are often overlooked. It improves students' listening skills, increases their vocabulary, builds fluency, helps them gain confidence as readers, and enhances their ability to comprehend any text and write in any genre.

    These benefits are great for all students, but are especially important for our struggling learners.

    Come and explore various ways you can maximize the potential of poetry in your classroom.  

  11. Exploring Expository Text
    The purpose of expository text is to educate the reader. It is clear, concise writing that gets to the point quickly and efficiently. Authors use expository text features and structures to organize information and connect ideas. The ability to identify and analyze these text features and structures enables students to comprehend expository texts more easily and at a deeper level.

  12. Listening and Speaking Strategies for Accountable Groupwork
    This training will help ensure accountable group work in the ELAR classroom by developing listening and speaking skills.

  13. Texas Adolescent Literacy Academies (TALA)

    Created to improve literacy rates among middle school students, TALA focuses on improving teaching by providing Grades 6-8 English language arts (ELA)/reading and content area teachers with research-based strategies for improving their students’ academic literacy. TALA is intended to help prepare middle school teachers to design appropriate instruction for all students, including those who are struggling with reading due to limited English proficiency (LEP), learning disabilities (e.g., dyslexia), and other risk factors for reading difficulties.

  14. ELA-R STAAR Training and Support
    Activities based in the understanding and application of English Language Arts/Reading best practices based on student data towards STAAR success.

  15. More Than Letters...Early Literacy Reading
    Children enter the classroom with different amounts of exposure to books and literature.  By creating a learning environment that fosters a love of reading and writing, teachers can increase the foundation for student success.  Participants in this workshop will engage in activities that will increase student understanding in phonological awareness, phonics, writing, and comprehension. 

  16. 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.  Children need multiple opportunities to use language throughout the day to bridge the gap.  In this workshop, participants will study the process and mechanics of language development.  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.

  17. Awesome Apps for the Early Elementary Classroom
    Do you have tablets in your classroom?  Do you need new ideas for using them?  Come learn how to use FREE technology driven tools to engage students in learning! Apps include AR Flashcards, MSQRD, Doodle Buddy, and more!  We will also explore websites and programs that can be used in all content areas.

  18. Chris Wise On-Site Training

    This training is designed to assist teachers in developing emergent writers and best prepare students for state assessment writing.

  19. TexQuest Overview
    This informative and interactive workshop will provide opportunities to explore the statewide database program for K-12 public schools and charter schools.

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