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After a universal screening assessment, how can K-6 educators translate the results into evidence-based instruction, targeted interventions, and improved reading outcomes?


Join Jordan Sloan in these bi-weekly sessions to dig deeper into Susan Smartt and Deborah Glaser’s Next STEPS in Literacy Instruction: Connecting Assessment to Effective Interventions.


Together, we will explore each chapter, building around the big five ideas of phoneme awareness, phonics, fluency, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. After a brief introduction to each concept, we will explore assessment options, and strategies for connecting assessment findings to lesson planning. We will discuss tactics, scenarios and planning with educators from across the province, learn how to take action after assessments, and make data-driven decisions to support reading growth for all of our students.


Come prepared to collaborate with other educators in these interactive, discussion-based meetings and to share your insights on the chapter and discuss classroom applications. The ebook version of Next STEPS is available in the Ontario College of Teachers Members’ Library or for purchase through Caversham Booksellers, Amazon, Indigo, or Brookes Publishing. (Please note we are not affiliated with any publishing companies.)


August: 9 – 10 a.m. Eastern


September & October: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern


Date Chapter
August 7, 9 am Chapter 1: Introduction to Next STEPS
August 14, 9 am Chapter 2: Using Next STEPS to Teach Struggling Readers
August 21, 9 am Chapter 3: Phoneme Awareness
August 28, 9 am Chapter 4: Phonics – Decoding, Encoding, and Word Recognition
September 11, 7:30 pm Chapter 5: Fluency
September 25, 7:30 pm Chapter 6: Reading Comprehension
October 9, 7:30 pm Chapter 7: Vocabulary
October 23, 7:30 pm Chapter 8: Weaving Elements Together for a Lifetime of Reading

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  • Start Time
    September 25, 2024 @ 7:30 pm
  • End Time
    September 25, 2024 @ 8:30 pm