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Below are a few staff development sessions that I have designed and implemented in other schools, including a brief synopsis.  However, this is not an inclusive list.  The list of possible training topics and formats are endless and will be customized to meet the strengths and needs of the teachers and students in your building.
Workshops Available
What Are Educators Saying About Their Training With Rebecca?

"Thank you so much for your insight and perspective!  I'm excited to incorporate your ideas into our curriculum!"
-Jennifer Kreit

"... rejuvenated my spirit
for writing."
-Misty Belnap, 2nd Grade

"(Rebecca) was welcoming and warm and made
us all feel we are writers."
-Amy Fisher, 3rd Grade

"(Rebecca) made everything seem so 'real' and do-able."
-Dorothy Pagan, 5th Grade

"Wow!  I have loved this workshop.  Mrs. Shoniker is so refreshing and has renewed my love of writing. She is awesome- one of the most positive educators I have ever encountered."
-Susan Steele

"The workshop inspired me."
-Karen Hobday, 7th Grade

"Rebecca is a wonderful teacher and is very willing to help out with anything we ask for.  This continuous, on-going support makes me feel confident."
-Emily Gregg, 2nd Grade

"(Rebecca) is extremely passionate about Writer's Workshop.  She is helpful and knows what she is talking about!"
-Jessica Walter, 3rd Grade

"It was an excellent experience.  This was the best and most helpful workshop I have been to in many years... Rebecca is very committed to writing.  She gave each of us the scaffolding we needed to conduct positive writing workshops for our students."
-Sue Philips, 4th Grade

"Every teacher of writing should receive her writing training."
-Bonnie Hunter, 4th Grade

"Rebecca is AWESOME!  She makes writing fun & easy to teach."
-Ellen Snell, 4th Grade

"Rebecca is excited about what she does and
inspires excitement in others."
-Margaret Mesplay, Kindergarten

"(This training) has completely changed the way
my students and I view writing time."
-Natalie Cochran, 3rd grade

"Rebecca is THE writing queen!  She was so supportive and knowledgeable.  She truly cared about helping us
(the teachers) and our students grow."
-Emily Chandler, 1st Grade

"(This training) has helped me grow as a writer and writing teacher... she's AMAZING at what she does!"
-Jessica Fink, 2nd Grade

"(Rebecca) rocked!  I loved her methods."
-Deana Lewis, K-4 Literacy

"There was not one topic discussed that I didn't need.  I couldn't write fast enough."
-Faith Collins, Kindergarten

"This was the best and most beneficial conference I have ever been to without being overwhelmed!"
-Joni Prew, 2/3 Teacher

"The workshop was very informative.  I felt engaged the whole day and feel as if I am taking back lots of information to share."
-Lauren King, 1st Grade

"Loved it!"
-Sherry Maddin, 1st Grade

"The workshop was absolutely fantastic!  I learned so much about how to conduct writing conferences... (Rebecca) was the best presenter I've ever had."
-Trina Skidmore, K-8

"You don't want to miss Rebecca's workshops.  You'll learn a lot and you will remember what you've heard."
-Minnie Galloway, 2nd Gr.

"Rebecca leaves you with the feeling that you can successfully teach Writers Workshop in your classroom!"
-Janet McLain, 1st Grade

"(Rebecca) is motivational, high energy, knowledgeable, and positive! 
Spend time with her!"
-Jill Trexler, 3rd Grade

"Rebecca is very passionate and inspires enthusiasm.  She knows her content."
-Susan Earp, Kindergarten

"...an expert in her field"
-Vicki Abbott-Stain, 1st Gr.

"You must take a workshop from her!"
-Janie Tillery, Kindergarten

"Rebecca practices what
she preaches."
-Nancy Loch, K-5 EC

"(Rebecca has) energy and sparkles.  She's awesome... sign up!
-Sue Brumbaugh, 1st Grade








Introduction to Balanced Literacy
What are the components and how do they all fit together? 
What might a day look like in a balanced literacy classroom? 
Learn the basics of Readers Workshop, Writers Workshop, Read-Aloud, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Book Clubs, and Word Study.  This is
a beginner institute and requires several days of staff development over the school year.  Participants will focus on a particular component each session and will then have the opportunity to practice in their classrooms.  If your school is just beginning the work, this is a year's worth of learning that is sure to get everyone on board.

Reader's Workshop
Reader's Workshop is a manageable way to meet the needs of every reader in your classroom and ensure that you are covering your grade-level curriculum.  In addition, Reader's Workshop builds classroom community and gives students the desire to read beyond the classroom walls.  Using the expertise of Lucy Calkins, Kathy Collins, and Fountas & Pinnell, participants will learn how to launch a Reader's Workshop in their classroom.  We will learn how to manage Reader's Workshop and what to teach in order to ensure that every reader grows and feels successful.  Staff development sessions will focus on mini-lessons, conferring, teaching share, 'just right books', individual book bags, reading logs, independent reading, partner reading, and assessment.  This training will look different in every school as it is tailored to the level of experience and comfort that teachers feel. 

Writer's Workshop
Decades of research by Donald Graves, Lucy Calkins, and Ralph Fletcher have shown that students learn most effectively through a workshop model.  Writer's Workshop builds classroom community around the 'stories of our lives'.  It promotes independence in writers; provides choices for students; and develops a lifelong love of writing in even the most reluctant writer.  Are there a few teachers in your building trying out Writer's Workshop?  Are the teachers in your school ready to go to the next level of understanding?  Like the workshops in your own classrooms, this staff development is designed with the needs of the learners in mind.  Participants will have a firm grasp on the workshop model, mini-lessons, mid-workshop interruption,  and the teaching share. 
Writing Conferences
The heart of Writer's Workshop...
Conferring with writers helps teachers know their students as individuals, and is the most effective way to uncover the potential in every writer.  Conferences are a way to meet each writer where they are and show them how to move to the next level.  Teachers who confer understand the developmental stages of writers and use what they know about the writers in their classroom to drive future instruction.  Participants will learn the architecture of a conference; will create conference toolkits; and will discuss how to manage conference notes. 

Unpacking the Common Core
Help your staff figure out how the Common Core fits in with the literacy instruction they already have in place.  Dissect the Common Core to determine what you are already doing and what you can alter in your instruction to better meet the needs of all students.  Create reading and writing units of study that align with the new Common Core. 
Reading Conferences
The heart of Reading Workshop...
Conferring with readers helps teachers know their students as individuals, and is the most effective way to uncover the potential in every reader.  Conferences are a way to meet each reader where they are and show them how to move to the next level.  Teachers who confer understand the developmental stages of readers and use what they know about the readers and text levels to drive future instruction.  Participants will learn the architecture of a conference; will create conference toolkits; and will discuss how to manage conference notes. 
Teachers As Writers
The best writing teachers are WRITERS!  In the most effective classrooms, teachers are active members of the writing community.  Teachers need the time and tools to discover the writer within themselves; to personally experience the writing process; and to discover the joy of really writing.  Participants will create their own Writers Notebooks which can be used as a model during mini-lessons, small group instruction, and during conferences.  We will learn how to find the stories in our lives and ways to inspire writing from the most reluctant writers.  Teachers will discover what makes writing 'work' and what makes writing 'hard work' and will use their personal experiences to discover the writer in each of their students. 

Mentor Texts
Our favorite books are the best writing teachers.  You can
get writing tips and ideas from your favorite authors by studying their text and specifically what they do as writers.  Once you understand the author's craft and how it impacts the story, you can try it in your own writing.  Participants in this staff development session(s) will discover how to teach writing by re-reading their most treasured books.  We will look at which authors and books might be appropriate for different grade-levels and different units of study.  At the end of this staff development, teachers will have an invaluable list of resources and will learn how to read like a writer. 

Guided Reading
Learn how to bridge students between shared reading and independent reading through small group instruction.  Guided reading gives teachers an opportunity to meet groups of students at their instructional level and demonstrate proficient reading strategies.  Guided reading groups allow teachers to constantly observe and assess the readers in their room and students are regrouped to reflect the changing strengths and needs.  This staff development is best demonstrated within a classroom.
Shared Reading (With a Twist)
Not your typical shared reading staff development and not just for primary grades.  I believe shared reading is the missing piece of the comprehension puzzle for grades K-5, and is a powerful part of balanced literacy instruction.  Learn how to impact readers of all ages and all abilities in just ten minutes a day.  This session fits perfectly with the Common Core and helps prepare students for standardized comprehension tests by teaching them how to REALLY think about texts.
Interactive Read-Aloud
When the classroom clock is ticking away, each instructional minute needs to be intentional.  Learn how to use choose books, keep students engaged, and model proficient reading strategies in just ten minutes a day.  Read-aloud books are used to build classroom community, to frontload reading or writing mini-lessons and can be re-visited in small group lessons or in conferences.  This session will show you how to get more bang for your buck!
Imagine the Possibilities...
What can strengthen your literacy instruction?  How can you create a school culture around literacy?  How can you grow life-long readers and writers at your school?  Other possibilities might include:
*Building and/ or organizing classroom libraries
*Creating a school bookroom for instruction use
*Leading professional book clubs
*Parents As Partner interactive and/or informational sessions

Contact Rebecca
with questions, comments,
or to find out more about scheduling a school visit.

Contact Rebecca
with questions, comments,
or to find out more about scheduling a school visit.
Contact Rebecca
with questions, comments,
or to find out more about scheduling a school visit.