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Red Arrow Building Critical Social and Emotional Skills Using Literature (K-12)

Are you curious as to what social-emotional learning is and how it relates to teaching and learning? Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a process for learning essential life skills such as decision making, problem solving, effective communication, empathy, perseverance, and coping, just to name a few. This online course is designed for K-12 teachers who want to focus on the whole student by supporting social-emotional learning skills but may not know where to begin. Teachers will learn specific strategies for addressing students' social and emotional needs through such topics as mindfulness, resolving conflict, anti-bullying, and character education. Teachers will also learn about the role they play in nurturing students' self-efficacy, grit, compassion, gratitude, and positive attitudes as they work to help diverse groups of students manage their emotions and make good decisions.

Red Arrow Comprehension: The Key to Successful Reading (K-3)

Do you have students who read all the words correctly and then have no idea what they just read? This online course focuses on improving students’ comprehension skills. The course begins by offering three different options for assessing comprehension. Then, teachers are introduced to a wealth of strategies that improve and support a reader’s comprehension. Strategies presented include: anticipation guides, DRTA, questioning techniques, text structure, guided reading, and reciprocal teaching.

Red Arrow Comprehension Strategies for Middle and Upper Grades (4-12)

Do your good readers struggle to comprehend content area material? This online course focuses on strategies that help comprehension in the middle and upper grades. Content area reading becomes more difficult as students enter the middle grades. Typically students are not prepared to approach more sophisticated types of text and need specific skills and strategies to aid their comprehension. This course focuses on improving students’ comprehension skills. Strategies presented include: anticipation guides, DRTA, SQ3R, SEARCH, cloze procedure, maze technique, questioning techniques, text structure, guided comprehension, and self-assessment.

Red Arrow The Daily 5 (K-3)

Do you find that working with small reading and writing groups at the primary level is a less than ideal situation? Are students constantly interrupting your small group instruction for directions and clarifications? This online course introduces the Daily 5, a framework for structuring the time students spend working on literacy. This literacy block routine is structured in such a way that an entire classroom of students is engaged in deliberate, thoughtful, interesting, and fun activities which are focused on literacy while the teacher meets with small groups or individuals to provide target instruction. This course provides an in-depth look at the core components of the Daily 5 including Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone, Word Work, and Listen to Reading. Participants will learn about the overall structure of the Daily 5 including how to introduce all five components through specific foundation lessons. Strategies will be offered for differentiation and assessment.

Red Arrow Developing Phonemic Awareness in Emergent Readers (PreK-2)

Do you want strategies for teaching the foundational skills of reading? This online course focuses on developing a child’s phonemic awareness to prepare him or her to be a successful reader. The course begins with phonemic awareness assessment options. Based on the assessment results, you can determine which strategies are most appropriate for each student. Instructional strategies presented in the course include rhyming, alliteration, onset and rime, syllable segmentation, and many more.

Red Arrow Focus on Phonics (K-3)

Do your students lack basic phonics skills? This online course focuses on effective ways to teach students to decode unknown words. Phonics basics will be emphasized along with specific ways to help students who are struggling in this area. Using context clues and structural analysis as a means of decoding will also be introduced. Teachers also learn how to use the making words strategy and reader’s workshop approach.

Red Arrow Guided Reading 101 (K-5)

Is the push for individualized differentiated instruction making it difficult for you to address the various learning needs and ability levels of your students during your reading block? Perhaps you feel frustrated because "teaching in the middle" seems to alienate a whole spectrum of learners? Guided reading is a way in which teachers can guide their students throughout the entire reading process, in a targeted and personalized manner. This online course is designed for K-5 teachers who wish to explore the guided reading strategy in detail. Teachers will be introduced to the basic framework of guided reading and will learn a variety of strategies to meet all their students' needs in the building block areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Teachers will learn about the importance of using data to find their students' reading levels and how to determine the readability of leveled text so students can be appropriately matched to high-interest books. The course takes teachers through the entire process of guided reading. Additional topics include how to organize a shared guided reading library, how to incorporate writing into the guided reading framework, and how to further differentiate for English language learners.

Red Arrow Interventions for Middle Grade Struggling Readers (4-6)

Do you have struggling readers in your class? Are you challenged to find strategies that can truly help these readers become successful? This online course begins by introducing the building blocks of the reading process and the role that each of them plays in effective reading instruction. Evidence-based interventions are explored as they relate to deficits in phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension skills. Teachers will learn how to incorporate the use of think-alouds, interactive read-alouds, graphic organizers, and hi-lo books to improve their students' background knowledge, vocabulary knowledge, and understanding of text structure will be explored. Teachers will also learn how to weave a variety of strategies into their content curriculum so that students can more effectively comprehend informational texts. Teachers will explore the critical role that informal assessments play in the teaching of reading and how these assessments can be used to create targeted remediation plans for struggling readers. By the end of the course, teachers will understand how to best help their struggling readers so that they can make dramatic improvements in reading skills and comprehension.

Red Arrow Mastering the Challenge of Text Complexity in Grades 4-8 (4-8)

Are you struggling to help your students master text complexity for your grade level? This online course is designed for teachers of grades four through eight who are interested in learning the best practices for helping their students master text complexity. This course covers strategies for implementing the Common Core State Standards in reading literature and informational texts. Course participants learn strategies for assessing text complexity, asking and answering text-dependent questions, using textual evidence, teaching important Common Core-related vocabulary building strategies, and helping students learn how to read closely.

Red Arrow A New Approach to Spelling Instruction (K-6)

Is spelling the most boring subject you teach? This online course is designed for educators interested in learning a variety of ways to teach essential spelling skills to their students. Spelling is an essential and complex skill and an important component of the overall language arts curriculum. Instead of looking at spelling as a memorization process, spelling should be thought of as a building block of literacy development. Teachers will learn a variety of proven ways to increase students’ spelling skills using interactive, developmental, and fun activities!

Red Arrow Preparing Students for the Common Core Assessments (K-12)

Are you ready to administer the new Common Core assessments in your classroom? This online course helps teachers understand the impact of the Common Core Assessments and how they influence teaching strategies, curriculum design, and non-summative assessment methods. The course also provides detailed information on important shifts from standardized testing to the new assessments that impact the way lessons are developed and taught. Teachers also gain important strategies for helping students prepare for the Common Core Assessments, including study and test-taking tips. A multitude of resources, including sample test items, are included as well to ensure the teacher has the tools and information necessary to prepare for the Common Core Assessments.

Red Arrow Reading Foundations for Emergent and Early Readers (PreK-2)

Do you ever wonder what you can do to help young students gain a better foundation in reading? This online course is designed for teachers in grades PreK-2 who want to build a solid foundation in reading from the very beginning. Information on the building blocks of reading is shared together with specific strategies for incorporating these foundation skills into their everyday practice. Teachers will gain a solid understanding of such concepts as phonics, decoding, sight words, vocabulary, and fluency, just to name a few. By the end of this course, teachers will more fully understand how to best help their students with learning how to read and will have gained valuable classroom ideas to incorporate these skills into their everyday teaching.

Red Arrow Reading Interventions for Middle School Students (6-8)

Do you have readers in your class that are one to four years behind grade level?  This online course provides teachers with strategies for helping students with reading difficulties. Topics addressed in the course include assessment and diagnosis of reading difficulties, differentiation strategies, fluency skills, vocabulary development, and cognitive reading strategies. Teachers learn how to help all students become better readers with improved comprehension skills.

Red Arrow Reading to Learn: Developing Strategic Reading Skills (4-12)

Why do excellent early readers often begin to struggle when they hit the middle grades? This online course answers that question and provides solutions as well. Students tend to approach content text the same way they approach literature. Students need to learn how to read content material. Teachers will learn how to develop active instructional strategies that facilitate student acquisition and development of reading skills in a variety of disciplines. Emphasis is on vocabulary development and comprehension strategies that work.

Red Arrow Reading Workshop Approach in the Middle Grades (4-8)

Are you interested in learning the whys, whats, and hows of implementing a reader's workshop approach in your classroom? In this online course, teachers learn how to administer a variety of assessments to help establish flexible reading groups. Teachers also learn strategies to successfully implement the reading workshop approach such as differentiation strategies, independent work strategies, independent reading ideas, as well as tips and hints for record-keeping and management.

Red Arrow Response to Intervention in Reading (K-6)

Do you need strategies to help your struggling readers? This online course is designed for teachers who are beginning to implement Response to Intervention (RTI) in reading. The course content is based on current best-practices research. Topics addressed in the course include an overview of RTI, using multiple and varied assessments, the big 5 ideas in reading, and interventions for struggling readers.

Red Arrow Vocabulary-Building Strategies for Students in Grades 4-12 (4-12)

Do your students struggle with academic vocabulary? Does vocabulary instruction often get set aside for more "important" literacy-related instruction? This online course is designed to increase the effectiveness of vocabulary instruction in grades 4-12. The course teaches about the importance of explicitly teaching vocabulary and what teachers in grades 4-12 can specifically do to enhance their literacy programs so that vocabulary development is constantly nurtured. Teachers will learn specific strategies such as Greek and Latin roots, structural analysis, and morphology in order to increase comprehension. Teachers will learn how to incorporate graphic organizers such as concept maps and word webs into the daily instruction in order to boost students' vocabulary knowledge both in reading and across all content areas. Differentiation and assessment are also discussed.

Red Arrow Word Play: Vocabulary Instruction in the Primary Grades (K-3)

Are you looking for ways to rapidly grow your students' vocabulary?This online course focuses on how to improve students' vocabulary in the primary grades. The course begins with options for vocabulary assessment. The results of the assessment will be used to guide instruction and select appropriate and effective instructional strategies. Strategies presented include word awareness, sight words, semantic feature analysis, categorization, figurative language, concept maps, traditional resources, and cloze procedure to name just a few.

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