REGION IV CSPD providing 

                     FREE Professional Development

                      throughout SOUTHWEST MONTANA


Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM MDT
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Shodair Childrens Hospital 
2755 Colonial Dr.
Helena, MT 59601

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Lora Griffin 
Region IV CSPD 


    Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching                Foundational Reading Skills: Part 2
     Digging into Phonology, Phonological                   Awareness, and Beginning Phonics
                 August 4, 2020                  8:30-4:00
                 Shodair Childrens Hospital, Helena

Note:  Part 1 of training is not a prerequisite for attending Part 2 of training.
This is a 3 part series that may be taken for pending credit


Teaching reading effectively, especially to students experiencing difficulty, requires considerable knowledge and skill.  But what type of classroom instruction benefits beginning readers and/or struggling readers the most?  This training will focus on proven instructional and assessment methods for foundational reading skills to children in ways that are engaging and multisensory, with a specific focus on the speech sounds of English, phonological awareness, and beginning phonics.  Teachers will walk away with a better understanding of assessment in these areas, as well as instructional methods they can immediately implement into their classrooms. 



Carrie began her education career in the classroom as an elementary teacher and secondary reading teacher. She holds a master’s degree in literacy and is a contributing author for CORE’s Teaching Reading Sourcebook (2nd Edition). She is known for her ability to not only effectively communicate best instructional practices, but also demonstrate how to put the latest research into practice in the “real world” classroom. She is especially passionate about serving children living in poverty. She has worked with and advised state officials, district leaders, school administrators, instructional coaches, and teachers across the country, as well as written and delivered on-site professional development at the state, district, and school levels that is centered around fundamental knowledge in evidence-based literacy practices. Prior to consulting, Ms. Cole was a professional development specialist for the Idaho State Department of Education, adjunct professor in literacy at Idaho State University, regional educational consultant for a major publishing company, and a classroom teacher.