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Recipes for Effective Literacy Instruction


This page curates my video training modules on various topics to support literacy instruction.  While all of the video links are FREE, you will need a TLC subscription to access relevant materials/handouts in the Download Zone.  Join here.

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Planning for A.I. Implementation: Strategic Support for Leaders

This 32-min video addresses the following questions:

  1. How can ChatGPT (and Bard, Khanmigo, and Diffit) save teachers and leaders time?
  2. How can we use ChatGPT and other A.I. tools most effectively in the classroom?
  3. How should we begin in planning for A.I. implementation?
  4. What are some PD options to support your staff?

Here's the FREE link to the PDF of the slides!





Comprehension Process MODULE:

This 23-min SELF-PACED video explains The Comprehension Process Staircase and how to use the Quadrant Analysis Approach to images (reinforcing the comprehension process with visual analysis).

For more resources to support your work around comprehension, please check out the following:



4 Key Critical Reading Skills MODULE:

This 20-min SELF-PACED video explains the four key critical reading skills (paraphrasing, inference, vocabulary in context, and summarizing/inferring main idea) and how to teach them. NOTE: Watch The Comprehension Process MODULE before this one.

For more resources to support your work around key critical reading skills, please check out the following:



How We Teach Vocabulary MODULE:

This 12-min SELF-PACED video explains how we teach vocabulary at the MS level and demonstrates the tools we use. NOTE: Watch The Comprehension Process MODULE before this one.


For more resources to support your work around vocabulary instruction, please check out the following:




Using Grammar to Improve Writing MODULE

This 32-min SELF-PACED video addresses the following topics: 1) How we teach writing at GOLCS; 2) What to STOP doing; 3) Seven principles for effective grammar/writing instruction; 4) How to help students who are not on grade level; 5) Other factors that affect how well we write; and 6) How to meet the Common Core Standards for Language and Writing SYSTEMATICALLY.

For more information to support your work around grammar and writing, please check out the following:

Also, my book USING GRAMMAR TO IMPROVE WRITING: RECIPES FOR ACTION, is available online wherever books are sold.



Argument vs. Evidence MODULE

This 33-min SELF-PACED video explains the six key steps regarding argument vs. evidence (from "What's the difference between argument and evidence?" to "How can I write a research paper from scratch?").

For more information to support your work around argument and evidence, please check out the following:



Unpacking the ELA Common Core Standards MODULE

This 17-min SELF-PACED video (ideal for viewing with a colleague so you can discuss questions that arise) addresses the following four questions: 1. What should we do with ELA Common Core Standards (CCS) proficiency data? 2. How and why should we unpack the CCS? 3. Once we’ve unpacked the CCS, what should we do? 4. What will this process probably cause us to do? For more information (including the accompanying handouts), check out the following links:




Why Students Should Speak with COMPLETE Sentences

If you're looking for an easy first step toward strengthening students' literacy skills across the board, here you go!  In this 6-min video, I explain various reasons why it's important to require students to speak with COMPLETE sentences during discussions.

For related resources, check out these links:



More modules coming soon!!!

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