(CANCELED) Michael P. Ford: Intensifying Classroom Routines in a Primary Reading Program--Maximizing the Power of Shared Reading

Questions? Contact Amy Ruppert, program assistant at 920.236.0562

Registration Closed.
Agency: CESA 6
Agency Contact: Kathy Schmitt
Agency Assistant: Amy Ruppert 920-236-0562
Location: BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Oshkosh
1 N Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Facility: Athearn Ballroom
10/17/2017 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM

Often overlooked as small group and individualized instructional approaches gain attention, the whole class shared reading experience is still one of the most common classroom routines seen in almost every primary literacy and language arts program. Are teachers getting the most bang for their buck from this activity? Are teachers maximizing the power of this popular routine? Based on observations across multiple classrooms, large group shared reading are often conducted with standardized lesson plans that offered little variation over time in spite of changing demands from the texts being used and changing needs of the learners.

So how could teachers intensify this routine – maximize its power – to help provide more intentional instruction that would target and impact learners in a more productive way? This routine consumes valuable instruction time, so could it produce more value for learners during that time?

The Goal of this workshop is to actively involve participants in exploring insights and ideas on getting more instructional mileage out of shared reading experiences by using a more systematic , intentional approach in their use of this routine. Attendees will look at step-by-step, day-by-day plans to structure shared reading as a systematic, coordinated, weekly routine that would change as students move through increasingly sophisticated developmental phases as readers and writers.

The desired outcome from this workshop is to have participants leave with the tools they need to maximize the power of shared reading in their classrooms to achieve the student outcomes toward which they are striving.

Who should attend?

Grades K–2 teachers (classroom, reading specialists, special education), literacy and instructional leaders and principals.

All participants will receive a copy of Dr. Michael P. Ford's book, Intensifying Classroom Routines in Reading and Writing Programs.


Mike Ford is professor emeritus from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where he served as chair of the Department of Literacy and Language and a Professor in the teacher education program working with undergraduate and graduate students for 29 years. He is a former Title I Reading and First Grade teacher. Mike is the author of nine books and editor of three additional titles, including most recently: Intensifying Classroom Routines in Reading and Writing Programs (2017); Guided Reading: What’s New, and What’s Next? (2015); and Classroom Catalyststs: 15 Efficient Practices That Accelerate Readers’ Learning (co-authored with Michael F. Opitz, 2014). He has written over 40 peer-reviewed articles. A past president of the WSRA, Mike currently serves as chair of the advocacy committee. He has worked with teachers in 47 states and 22 countries.


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Cancellation Policy:

Any registration cancellation must be received 48 business hours before the scheduled date for a refund to be issued. Because attendance at most sessions is limited, persons registering and not in attendance on the day of the session will be charged the full registration fee. CESA 6 reserves the right to cancel any session due to insufficient enrollment. Participants will be notified by email or phone if a cancellation occurs.