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Rethinking Small Group Work: Unlocking Language to Accelerate Students' Literacy

Rethinking Small Group Work: Unlocking Language to Accelerate Students' Literacy
July 28, 2022 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
1 hour
Grade Level Grades 2-6, Professional Development


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How can we rethink small group reading instruction and unlock the complexities of language in ways that accelerates students’ ability to read more increasingly complex text independently?

Language structures, background knowledge, and code fluency can often become barriers for readers to nativage increasingly complex text. There are ways we can shift our small group reading instruction to explicit name and teach into these barriers to accelerate student’s ability to access and process complex text successfully. During this interactive webinar we will explore new structures and strategies for small group reading instruction that will equip students with the tools necessary to unlock these barriers.

This webinar is part of the AFT's Reading Opens the World initiative. Find more resources and webinars in this community.

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Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

Share My Lesson is now a New York State Education Department-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements and an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved Professional Development provider.


Connie Jacquays is an educator that is passionate about bringing equity, rigor, and joy to teaching and learning. She has 30 years of experience in the education field as a teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, director of instruction, vice principal, graduate instructor, and as a lead designer and senior coach for an urban teacher residency program. She has presented at several local and national conferences such as the Massachusetts Reading Association and International Reading Association. She recently developed and launched an app to support teachers with individualized one on one reading instruction through conferring called PocketConnie.

Connie is currently serving as the Design Lead and Senior Coach with the Boston Teacher Residency,  Director of Innovations in Professional Learning & Coaching for Teaching Learning Alliance, and as the Cofounder and Codirector of PocketConnie. 

 Connie has worked along-side countless students, teachers, reading specialist, coaches, and leaders to grow literacy practices that promote agency, equity, and joy. Connie believes that teachers and students are strong partners in the change and that all should have voices in the work.

Connie loves children’s books and is always looking for text that are culturally relevant. Bookstores and libraries are some of her favorite places.


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