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Learn how to use Guided Reading with your students in grades 3–8.

Guiding Reading is an instructional method in which teachers work with small groups of students who are reading at similar levels. In this course, we'll explore how to use Guided Reading with students in the intermediate and middle grades.

You can take this seminar online in real-time or at your own pace, or with a group of colleagues from your school or district: 

  • Real-Time Virtual Learning Dates: July 13–17, 2020
  • On-Demand Virtual Learning DatesSeptember 8 to November 1, 2020 (Fall Term I) 
  • With Your Colleagues: For a group, by request virtually or on-demand

Discover how to observe and assess intermediate and middle school students' reading behaviors. Learn how to analyze and select appropriate texts. Build an understanding of how to form flexible groups, and how to plan Guided Reading lessons that address the needs of each reader within the group.

We'll also discuss the complex nature of the reading process. Learn how each element of a Guided Reading lesson presents opportunities for teaching and learning that supports the varying needs of all students, including students whose first language is not English.

You can take this course for noncredit and earn 35 professional development hours, or you could take it for 3 graduate credits.

  • Course Outcomes
    • Build knowledge of the reading process and the strategic actions that enable students to become effective readers.
    • Observe, assess, and analyze reading behaviors in order to plan for instruction taking into consideration the diverse needs of all students including English language learners.
    • Use the 10 characteristics of texts to analyze books along a gradient of difficulty to consider the supports and challenges that texts offer to readers.
    • Choose and introduce appropriate books for Guided Reading instruction based on assessment data.
    • Explain how each part of a Guided Reading lesson presents opportunities for teaching and learning with attention to the needs of English language learners.
    • Group students dynamically for Guided Reading instruction based on assessment data.
    • Identify characteristics of fiction and nonfiction to support students effectively as they read in a variety of genres.
    • Learn how the reading workshop provides a structure and management system that allows for whole-group, small-group, and individual teaching.
  • Required Texts
    • Fountas, I.C. and Pinnell, G.S. (2017). Guided reading: Responsive teaching for all grades. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • Pinnell, G.S. and Fountas, I.C. (2017). The Fountas and Pinnell literacy continuum: A tool for assessment, planning, and teaching. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann
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Real-Time Virtual Learning Option

Jul. 13–17, 2020 | 9:00-11:30 am & 1:00-3:30 pm (EST)
Participation during these times is required. We may assign additional work to meet the required professional development hours. After you register, we'll send you info about how to access the virtual platform.

Noncredit (35 professional development hours)

3 Graduate Credits (with assignment + fees)

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On-Demand Virtual Learning Option

Sept. 8 to Nov. 1, 2020 (Fall Term I)
The online Guided Reading course must be taken for 3 graduate credits. Take the course individually or as part of our 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Developing Literacy Expertise Through Responsive Classroom Teaching.

  • $2,050 ($650/credit + $20 registration fee + $30 technology fee + $50 copyright fee) + required texts
  • Use EEDUC 6045.80 to register for credit.
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With-Your-Colleagues Option

We can deliver this 5-day training virtually or in-person for a group of educators within your district (as COVID-19 social distancing guidelines allow). Take the course for noncredit to for 35 professional development hours, or for 3 graduate credits. If you want to earn graduate credit, you'll need to complete an assignment and pay an extra fee.

Email to register for graduate credit. Inquire here about on-site professional development pricing, or call 617.349.8693.

"I feel so much more grounded in the actual foundations of the Guided Reading portion of Reading Workshop. I have less anxiety about my ability to incorporate Guided Reading as a regular part of my teaching of reading."
Carolyn Hammonds, Directing Teacher for Third Grade at Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School, Washington, D.C.

Cancellation Deadlines & Refund Policies


You must cancel in writing two weeks before the course starts to get a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. Email to cancel. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute at any time. Regardless of weather conditions, if the event is held but you cannot attend, you will be billed for the full amount.

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