Making Sure Kids Grow in Small Groups

Event Details

  • Date:
    • September 27, 2023 - September 27, 2023
  • Presenter Name:
    • Gwen Blumberg, Tammy Mulligan, and Dana Murphy
  • Start / End Time:
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CST)
  • Onsite Registration:
    • 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM (CST)
  • ESC Member Price:
    • $100.00
  • Non Member Price:
    • $150.00
  • Facilitator:
  • Location:
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Is your small group instruction helping readers grow? If you want your small group instruction to be more targeted and effective, then join three current practitioners from across the country as we dive into the nitty-gritty of small group instruction and responding to students’ needs. This workshop will offer practical ways to make small-group instruction more effective. You can expect tips and tools like:

  • An analogy to explain how small groups are developed.
  • Steps to create a small group plan to support all readers.
  • How to design a data plan that helps you understand the full profile of a reader.
  • Ways to identify students who need quick and frequent practice.
  • Conversations with local educators to widen perspectives and strengthen understandings.
  • Reflective practice experiences to guide you in tailoring the next steps for your school.

Meet the Presenters

  • Gwen Blumberg is a literacy leader for a K-8 district in Greater Boston. Gwen shares her passion for children’s literature by writing for the collaborative Teacher |Books|Readers blog.
  • Tammy Mulligan co-authored It’s All About the Books and Assessment in Perspective. She is a second-grade teacher at Hanscom Primary School.
  • Dana Murphy is a reading specialist outside of Chicago. She blogged at Two Writing Teachers and has served as an instructional coach and elementary teacher.

Target Audience:

K-5 educators who lead small group instruction, reading specialists, instructional coaches, principals, curriculum directors

Special Instructions:

Please note this event is scheduled in the Central Time Zone.

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Event Cancellation Policy

NIESC Cancellation Policy

Registrants who notify NIESC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.

  • Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but one week before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop, will pay 50% of the registration fee.
  • Registrants who neglect to call or notify NIESC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full registration fee.
  • On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees