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    Watch Webinar | Intervention Strategies for Striving Readers and Writers in Grades 3 – 8

    Intervention Strategies for Striving Readers and Writers in Grades 3 - 8 

    This webinar focuses on how to diagnose reading and writing issues among striving readers and help them succeed in their education and life. 

    Recorded live on March 7, 2018


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    Striving readers and writers in elementary through middle school need more than traditional learning techniques to help them achieve success and keep up with their peers. Good reading and writing skills are paramount to a lifetime of success in all subjects and careers and helping striving readers develop these skills early is key.  

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    Join this informative webinar as a middle school librarian and a popular published elementary author share insight, experiences and strategies for improving the reading and writing success of students. You’ll learn how to motivate readers, promote student choice in what students read, connect learners’ interests to text, and create meaningful assessment opportunities. The presentation will also share simple techniques for struggling writers that give writers a choice and will show you how to use rich prewriting activities and frequent mentor texts. All information presented for better reading and writing instruction can be smoothly integrated into different styles of teaching.

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    A variety of approaches and resources for use with struggling readers and writers will be discussed, including print and eBooks, interactive online texts (Lightbox) and features within Destiny—all designed to engage striving readers and writers in your library or classroom. 



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    Sarah Downing

    Sarah is the librarian at Freedom Middle School, Spotsylvania County Schools in Virginia. She was named Rappahannock Regional School Library of the Year for 2016. She co-presented a similar eBook presentation at the National AASL Conference in 2015 to a standing-room only audience. Sarah has been a librarian for many years, and also a long distance runner.


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    Darcy Pattison

    Storyteller, writing teacher, and founder of Mims House ( publisher, Darcy Pattison has been published in nine languages. Her books, published with Harcourt, Philomel/Penguin, Harpercollins, Arbordale, and Mims House have received recognition for excellence with starred reviews in Kirkus, BCCB and PW. Twice her books have been honored as National Science Teacher’s Association Outstanding Science Trade books. The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman (Harcourt) received an Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature Honor Book award, and has been published in a Houghton Mifflin textbook. Her books have been on state award reading lists in South Dakota, South Carolina, Georgia, and Arkansas. Wisdom, the Midway Albatross was on the 2014-15 reading list for the Sakura Award, a children’s literature award given by the English speaking schools in Japan. Darcy is the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist for her work in children’s literature. Darcy’s blog, Fiction Notes at is her online home base with over 350,000 readers a year. She tweets @FictionNotes, and her Pinterest boards reach over 450,000 viewers a month. 

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    Posted January 25, 2018 / Updated March 7, 2018

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