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Virtual School-Based Seminars
School-Based Seminars

Examine pressing instructional topics and energize your team in online seminars presented for your location.

Our virtual seminars are author-developed. Each course is characterized by a flexible framework designed to address the general learning goals described. Consultants customize course delivery in response to the unique and particular needs of your school and district. The following seminars are designed by our renowned authors and delivered virtually by author-selected, Heinemann-trained consultants.


Comprehension Seminars

Comprehension Toolkit Primary: Language and Lessons for K-2

Developed in collaboration with Anne Goudvis , Stephanie Harvey
Grades: K - 2nd

Developed by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis have adapted the strategy instruction made famous in Strategies That Work and The Comprehension Toolkit to meet the developmental needs of our... more »

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Comprehension Toolkit: Developing Language and Lessons for Active Literacy 3-6

Developed in collaboration with Anne Goudvis , Stephanie Harvey
Grades: 3rd - 6th

Developed by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis The Comprehension Toolkit emphasizes active literacy—reading, writing, talking, listening and investigating—and in this first hand course, your teachers will discover how to... more »

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Fountas and Pinnell-Developed Seminars

Benchmark Assessment System 1, 3rd Edition

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: K - 2nd

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell This professional learning opportunity provides an overview of The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System 1 , 3rd Edition (Grades K-2, Levels A-N). Using the Fountas & Pinnell... more »

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Benchmark Assessment System 2, 3rd Edition

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: 3rd - 8th

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell This professional learning opportunity provides an overview of The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System 2 , 3rd Edition (Grades 3-8, Levels L-Z). Using the Fountas & Pinnell... more »

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Continuo de la lectoescritura: Instrumento para la evaluación, planificación y enseñanza

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: PreK - 8th

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Continuo de la lectoescritura, Instrumento para la evaluación, planificación y enseñanza, Expanded Edition for grades PreK-8 is an essential tool for bilingual... more »

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FPC Book Clubs

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: K - 6th

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Book clubs bring a small group of students together to talk about a book they have each chosen to read. These enjoyable community experiences deepen readers' appreciation for a common text,... more »

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FPC Getting Started Overview

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: PreK - 6th

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Fountas & Pinnell Classroom ™ is a coherent system of literacy education. The system relies on responsive teaching using an inquiry-rich, multi-text approach. Participants in this... more »

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FPC Guided Reading

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: K - 6th

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Guided reading is a powerful small-group instructional context in which a teacher supports each reader's developing system of strategic actions for processing texts at increasingly... more »

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FPC Independent Reading and Conferring

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: K - 4th

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Independent reading offers children the chance to read, write about, talk about, and enjoy self-selected texts. It is nested within an instructional framework of minilessons, conferring, and... more »

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FPC Interactive Read-Aloud

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: K - 6th

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Interactive read-aloud is the foundation for instruction within a literacy rich classroom. Interactive read-aloud promotes the joy of reading, expands children's vocabulary, and increases... more »

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FPC Interactive Writing

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: PreK - 2nd

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Interactive writing supports young writers as they learn how to communicate through writing. During interactive writing, the teacher cocreates a text with the students. The teacher shares the... more »

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FPC Lectura Compartida - ESPANOL (SR)

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: PreK - 2nd

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Shared reading is a community experience in which all children look at, read, and discuss the same text together. Through shared reading, children have the opportunity to engage in the... more »

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FPC Phonics, Spelling and Word Study

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: K - 6th

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell In an alphabetic language such as English, phonics describes the relationships between the sounds of language and its graphic symbols, i.e., the letters. With knowledge of letter-sound... more »

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FPC Reading Mini Lessons

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: K - 6th

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Reading minilessons are short, concise, purposeful lessons with a practical application in a specific area of literacy. Each minilesson engages children in inquiry that leads to the... more »

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FPC Responsive Teaching During Guided Reading Instruction: Fountas & Pinnell Classroom

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: K - 6th

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Through this interactive seminar focus, participants will explore how to meet the individual needs of students during guided reading instruction. Participants will engage in activities that... more »

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FPC Shared Reading

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: PreK - 3rd

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Shared reading is a community experience in which all children look at, read, and discuss the same text together. Through shared reading, children have the opportunity to engage in the... more »

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Genre Study

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: K - 3rd

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell In this seminar and in their book Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books , Fountas and Pinnell advocate teaching and learning in which students are actively engaged in... more »

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Guided Reading

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: K - 6th

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Participants will explore the components of a comprehensive literacy system and learn how guided reading fits within this context. In this professional learning opportunity, teachers will... more »

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Guiding Readers and Writers

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: 3rd - 6th

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell An overview of the key principles of reading instruction outlined in Fountas and Pinnell's bestselling Guiding Readers and Writers , this seminar provides teachers with an understanding of... more »

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Leveled Literacy Intervention Intermediate, Grades 3-5

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: 3rd - 5th

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell The Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) Red and Gold Systems are designed for grade 3 and 4 students who are reading below grade level. The LLI Purple System is designed for grade 5... more »

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Leveled Literacy Intervention Primary, Grades K-2

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: K - 2nd

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell The groundbreaking Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) is a research-based, supplementary intervention system designed to help teachers provide powerful, daily,... more »

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Literacy Beginnings: Grades PreK-K

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: PreK - K

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Play and language are both important learning tools for the prekindergarten child. Through play and language, they learn about their world and about themselves and it is in play that early... more »

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Role of the Administrator in the Implementation of Benchmark Assessment

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: K - 8th

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Administrators play an important role in determining the success of school initiatives, including the implementation of the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System . In order... more »

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Role of the Administrator in the Implementation of Leveled Literacy Intervention

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: K - 2nd

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Administrators play an important role in determining the success of school initiatives, including the implementation of the LLI system. In order to support the implementation process and... more »

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Sistema de evaluacion de la lectura (SEL) Niveles A-N: Grades K-2

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: K - 2nd

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Delivered On-Site by Heinemann-Trained Consultants Sistema de evaluación de la lectura is a highly reliable, research-based resource for: determining students' Spanish... more »

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Teaching for Comprehending & Fluency Grades K-8

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: K - 8th

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Teachers will examine the critical elements of comprehension involving readers, texts, and teaching as they study Fountas and Pinnell's important resource, Teaching for Comprehending and... more »

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The Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: PreK - 8th

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Where other assessment and benchmark systems leave you wondering "Now what?", Fountas and Pinnell provide a link from assessment to instruction via The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum:... more »

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Using Running Records to Inform Reading Instruction

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: K - 6th

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell This interactive seminar is designed to provide educators with information and practice in analyzing reading or running records to inform their daily instruction. Participants will identify a... more »

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Using Student Data and The Literacy Continuum to Plan Instruction

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: PreK - 6th

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell In this interactive seminar, participants will watch sample video lessons to observe and evaluate student talk. Participants will analyze samples of writing about reading to determine... more »

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Using the Prompting Guides to Facilitate the Reader’s Construction of Literate Understandings

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: K - 3rd

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Over the course of three, two-hour sessions, participants will discover the language of responsive teaching as they learn to use Prompting Guide Part 1: A Tool for Literacy Teachers and ... more »

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When Readers Struggle

Developed in collaboration with Irene Fountas , Gay Su Pinnell
Grades: K - 3rd

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell Effective teaching begins with assessment and focuses on the strengths and needs of individual children. All teachers need to learn how to teach the lowest achieving children well, and to learn... more »

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Jennifer Serravallo-Developed Seminars

Understanding Texts and Readers

Developed in collaboration with Jennifer Serravallo
Grades: PreK - 2nd

Drawing from Jennifer Serravallo's book, Understanding Texts & Readers , this seminar will teach participants how to use text levels as a teacher's tool. Participants will learn more about what to expect of reader response over a range of... more »

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Math/Science Seminars

Listening to Learn Professional Learning Up to 30 participants- In Person

Developed in collaboration with
Grades: K - 5th

Presented by professional learning specialists Please note: We recommend that teachers/coaches watch the 30-minute Marilyn Burns video Learning How Students Reason prior to attending the Introductory Session. (This video information is... more »

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Mastering the Basic Math Facts

Developed in collaboration with Susan O'Connell , John SanGiovanni
Grades: K - 6th

Developed by Susan O'Connell Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Addition and Subtraction Grades K-3 Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Multiplication and Division Grades 2-6 In today's math classroom, we want children to do... more »

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Math by the Book: Teaching Mathematics Through Children’s Literature

Developed in collaboration with Susan O'Connell
Grades: K - 5th

Developed by Susan O'Connell Do your students think about math as just numbers and procedures? When we explore math through a context, students connect numbers and procedures to real situations and recognize mathematics in the world around... more »

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Math in Practice: Tips, Tools, and Resources for Building Math Understanding

Developed in collaboration with Susan O'Connell
Grades: K - 5th

Developed by Susan O'Connell Are you looking for new strategies and approaches to help your students better understand math? Do you wish you could help your students enjoy math while teaching them critical math skills? In this seminar, Sue... more »

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Math Workshop/in person

Developed in collaboration with
Grades: K - 5th

Presented by professional learning specialists In math class, students learn new mathematical content, practice skills, and explore complex mathematical ideas. Math Workshop is a structure for math class that encourages independence,... more »

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Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages/in person

Developed in collaboration with
Grades: K - 5th

Presented by professional learning specialists Number talks are five-to fifteen-minute classroom conversations around purposefully crafted computation problems that are solved mentally. This one-day course focuses on number talks that build... more »

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Number Talks: Whole Number Computation

Developed in collaboration with Sherry D. Parrish
Grades: K - 5th

Presented by professional learning specialists Number Talks are five-to fifteen-minute classroom conversations around purposefully crafted computation problems solved mentally. As students communicate mathematical thinking, they develop... more »

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Putting the Practices Into Action: Implementing the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice

Developed in collaboration with Susan O'Connell , John SanGiovanni
Grades: K - 8th

Developed by Susan O'Connell The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe eight "habits of mind" that promise to elevate students' learning of math from knowledge to application and bring rigor to our math classrooms. But how can we... more »

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STEM Lesson Essentials for Grades 3-8

Developed in collaboration with Michael Comer , Cary Sneider , Jo Anne Vasquez
Grades: 3rd - 8th

This seminar provides the tools and strategies you'll need to design integrated, interdisciplinary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) lessons and units that are relevant and exciting to your students. STEM in itself is not a... more »

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Writing Seminars

Smart Conversations That Move Young Writers Forward

Developed in collaboration with Carl Anderson
Grades: 3rd - 6th

The most powerful way to teach students to be better writers is to sit beside them and confer with them as they write. (Carl Anderson, 2009) This seminar will provide teachers with the tools they need to decide what strategies to teach a... more »

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Teaching the Qualities of Writing

Developed in collaboration with Ralph Fletcher , JoAnn Portalupi
Grades: 3rd - 8th

Whether your teachers are novices or veterans, Teaching the Qualities of Writing will increase their confidence and flexibility by focusing on the key characteristics all well-written pieces share. Developed with Ralph Fletcher and Joann... more »

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Writing Workshop Seminars

Essentials of the Writing Workshop

Developed in collaboration with Ralph Fletcher , JoAnn Portalupi
Grades: 3rd - 8th

An effective writing workshop is carefully structured to support writers through the writing process, while enabling teachers to observe and assess common and individual needs in order to make instructional decisions about teaching writing. ... more »

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