First Time as a BRI Facilitator

Shawn BushPrograms, Teachers

This past August, I was fortunate enough to co-facilitate a session of the Rochelle Lee Teacher Award (RLTA) program’s Becoming Readers Institute. Unlike other RLTA sessions, the Becoming Readers Institute (BRI) is not designed to explicitly teach transferable skills or strategies … Read More

Engaging Students and Families


School: Hibbard Elementary Text: The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom: Building Resilience with Compassionate Teaching by Patricia A. Jennings  Group Members: Courtney Carlstrom, Bridget Heneghan, Lucia Herrera, Jessica Hodges, Stephanie Michl, Study Group Leader Goal: To engage students and … Read More

Building Inclusion


School: Brentano Math & Science Academy Text: Everyday SEL in Elementary School by Carla Tantillo Philbert  Group Members: Stephanie Arce, Hannah Dreher-Siefkes, Kelly Dugan, Daisy Lopez, Vy Nguyen, Study Group Leader; Nicole Sandoval, Katherine Schuler  … Read More

Enhancing Comprehension


School: Nightingale Elementary Text: Understanding Texts & Readers: Responsive Comprehension Instruction with Leveled Texts by Jennifer Serravallo  Group Members: Emily Cozzie, Diana Del Real, Study Group Leader; Alma Ramos, Elizabeth Thibeau Goal: To enhance comprehension through small group instruction.  … Read More

Developing Schedules and Lesson Plan Structure


Rufus M. Hitch Elementary School Text: Teaching Reading in Small Groups: Differentiated Instruction for Building Strategic, Independent Readers by Jennifer Serravallo  Group Members: Amanda Paso, Study Group Leaders; Lily Kanefield, Joanne Schmidt, Jane Park, Katie Bremner  Goal: To develop … Read More

RLTA Facilitators: Class of 2020

Ana PortaTeachers

This year, the Rochelle Lee Teacher Award Summer Institute is taking place 100% online. The 19 workshops, 6 sessions of Becoming Readers Institute (BRI), 5 sessions of RLTA Orientation RLTAO), … Read More

Improving Reading Conferencing and Conferencing Frequency


School: Augustus H. Burley Elementary School Text: A Teacher’s Guide to Reading Conferences by Jennifer Serravallo.  Group Members: Shannon Barbour, Jodi Shapiro, Study Group Leader; Emily Skowronek, Todd Strother, Amy Wiktor Goal: To improve reading conferencing and … Read More

Improving Reading Instruction


School: Audubon School Text: Understanding Texts & Readers: Responsive Comprehension Instruction with Leveled Texts by Jennifer Serravallo  Group Members: Faviola Fernandez, Amanda Matteson, Colleen Stack, Kerry Tavarczky, Study Group Leader Goal: To improve small group and … Read More