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Guided Reading in the Primary Grades (K-2)

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Webinar Dates

Four, 75-minute webinar sessions from 4:30pm–5:45pm Eastern Standard Time.

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017 (Archived)
  • Thursday, April 13, 2017 (Archived)
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 (Archived)
  • Thursday, April 27, 2017

Please note that these webinars are all scheduled on Eastern Standard Time. If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


Using Guided Reading, Second Edition: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades by Fountas and Pinnell, this webinar series is designed to allow participants to explore assessment, analysis and use of leveled texts to teach, prompt and reinforce strategic action in Guided Reading lessons. Educators will plan for whole classroom, small group and individual instruction to meet student needs. The overarching goal for this course will be to consider how we can use Guided Reading to help students build an effective reading process. To support this work we will:

  • Build knowledge of the reading process and the strategic actions that enable students to become effective readers
  • Consider the supports and challenges that texts offer to readers across a gradient of increasing complexity
  • Learn how to choose and introduce appropriate books for guided reading instruction based on assessment data
  • Consider how each part of a guided reading lesson presents opportunities for teaching and learning (text introduction, reading the text, discussing the text, word work)

The following is a description of the learning objectives to be met within each session of this series

Session 1: Introduction to Guided Reading

In our first session, we will begin with an overview of teaching Guided Reading within a high-quality literacy program, and show how to establish routines and procedures that allow for a gradual release of responsibility throughout the day, week and year. We will begin to build knowledge of the reading process and the strategic actions that enable students to become effective readers and to think about how observation, assessment and dynamic grouping and regrouping allow teachers to meet the wide range of need in their classrooms each year.

Session 2: The Framework for Guided Reading

Guided Reading "helps readers develop systems of strategic actions for processing increasingly challenging texts... Students are taught how to read with comprehension and fluency, across a gradient of texts that makes ever increasing demands." (Fountas and Pinnell). In this session, we'll look at how understanding text complexity across a continuum can help us teach, prompt and reinforce strategic activity in a way that expands the processing system of young readers. In addition we will consider how each part of a guided reading lesson presents opportunities for teaching and learning (text introduction, reading the text, discussing the text, word work).

Session 3: Teaching for Strategic Actions

In session three we will focus on how to introduce text to readers. We will continue to analyze the demands of leveled texts and think about how to use our analysis, paired with students' strengths and needs, to plan for instruction in guided reading. We will also view a guided reading lesson and observe how the teacher supports her students before, during, and after the read.

Session 4: Teaching for Comprehension and Fluency

In this final session we will continue to observe and plan to teach, prompt and reinforce strategic actions and discuss the power of comprehension conversations throughout the day. We will unpack multiple dimensions of fluency and observe a teacher supporting and expanding fluent reading during Guided Reading.


Kelly McDermott has taught in the Boston Public Schools for 12 years. For the last six years she has worked in the Department of Literacy as the Teacher Leader for the Boston Public Schools' Center for Reading Recovery and as a district-wide literacy coach and professional developer. Additionally Kelly has presented on various literacy topics across the country and is an adjunct professor at Lesley University.

Who should participate?

Teachers grade K-2, literacy coaches, reading teachers/specialists, administrators, and curriculum specialists.


The cost of this Webinar Series is $199.00 per person. If you register a group of three to nine people at the same time there is a discounted rate of $189.00 per person. When signing up ten or more participants at one time, please call in advance for large group discount pricing. Tuition also includes access to the recorded webinar sessions for up to 90 days after the conclusion of the webinar series.


This webinar series, based on the Fountas & Pinnell professional book Guided Reading, Second Edition: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades, will guide you in exploring ways to use these resources as the foundation for observing student behaviors and planning for instruction, and as a tool for learning about the critical role of text selection and teaching for strategic action to support early readers. As a part of our work together, we will view video clips to observe Guided Reading and look for specific evidence of teaching and learning and the power of small-group instruction.

You must have a copy of Fountas and Pinnell's Guided Reading, Second Edition: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades to use during the webinar, since the consultant will be referring to the book throughout the series. If you do not own a copy of Guided Reading, you can purchase the latest issue on our website here.


Participants will receive a series of email correspondence. The first email confirmation will serve as your receipt for the webinar series. The second email confirmation will be sent approximately 1 week prior to the start date with a link to the platform WebEx directing you to the webinar class and giving you instructions on how to log in.

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Note: We encourage group participation, however, we require that each person be registered. For group pricing information please call 800-541-2086, ext. 1100.

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