Upgrade Your Reader's Workshop: Deepening Thinking Around  Planning, Assessment,  and Inquiry

PRESENTED BY: Suanne Forrester and MaryAnn Sayaz


You've begun using workshop in  your classroom.


Conferring???  I do it, but…


But now what?

Upgrade your Reader's Workshop. Next steps in literacy instruction to maximize time for student learning.

  • Identify big ideas and goals for your units

  • Using mentor texts in reading

  • Plan instruction that is targeted to the needs of your students

  • Quick and easy formative assessments

  • Quality feedback for student growth

  • Including inquiry into the workshop model

  • Balancing conferring and small group work

  • Structures to manage all this work!

Conference Handouts

Conferring with Readers in Grades 3-5

Reading Interest - A- Lyzer

Suggestions for Support for Readers at Varying Book Levels

Sources of Information and Prompts to Use when Coaching

Mini Lesson Planning Guide

Informational Reading Learning Progression

Anchor Chart References

SLIDES: Structure of Workshop Overview

SLIDES: Planning

SLIDES: Human Inquiry

SLIDES: Conferring and Small Groups

Shared Reading Lesson Planning Template A

Shared Reading Lesson Planning Template B

SLIDES: Conferring and Small Groups Part 2

SLIDES: Shared Reading

SLIDES: Assessment and Responsive Teaching

Presenter Bios

Suanne has taught in public and private schools in the United States and in international schools throughout Asia.  A former K-8 Literacy Coach, Suanne has a passion for working with teachers and students in Reader's and Writer's Workshop. Reflective practices and personal growth are at the center of all learning. Suanne works with teachers to help them make workshop their own, adapting it to fit the needs of their individual students. Currently, Suanne is the Curriculum Leader at Hong Kong International School where she works with teachers to align curriculum, design units, and supports work around assessment practices.


MaryAnn has taught in the United States in urban and suburban schools and has been teaching internationally for the last 8 years.  Her journey in literacy has taken her to schools all throughout Europe collaborating with international schools, educators and coaches.  The work she does in literacy was initially inspired by Ralph Fletcher and the writing workshop. Her heart is in the workshop and through research, practice, consultants and working with other teachers has grown into making inquiry an integral part of literary practices.  She is currently a Literacy Coach at Hong Kong International School. The work she does with teachers now revolves around building curriculum, bolstering the workshop and coaching teachers in developing inquiry practices.

September 15 - 16, 2018 
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

USD 75 
(EARCOS member school)  
USD 175 
(non-EARCOS school)

Payable in cash (USD or VND) onsite, by bank transfer, or by international credit card.

Hosted BY: Concordia International School Hanoi
Van Tri Golf Compound
Kim N, Đông Anh, Hà Ni
Office: +84(0)4 3795 8878; Fax: +84(0)4 3795 8879

Important Notes:

  • Most visitors to Vietnam require a visa to enter the country. You should arrange for your visa in advance.
  • Participants should book their own accommodations. The cost of the conference covers lunch and snack as well as bussing to and from selected hotels both conference days.
  • Once you have registered through the Conference Registration Link , please sign up for bussing.

Bussing will be provided to and from the following hotels. All busses pick up at hotel lobbies at 8:15am :

Quang Ba Trade Union Hotel - (#98 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho) about $45 USD/night booking: sale.congdoanquangba@gmail.com

Sunset Westlake Hotel - (493 Lạc Long Quân, Tây Hồ) about $40 USD for single and $50 USD for double, inclusive of breakfast.  booking@sunsetwestlake.com

Intercontinental  - roughly $120/night 5 Tu Hoa street,  Tây Hồ Reservations by Phone: +84-24-6270 8888 , Reservations email: res.hanoi@ihg.com

Sheraton Hotel- (#11 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho) about $120++ USD/night Booking: dung.nguyen2@sheraton.com,Sales.Hanoi@sheraton.com

For Concordia Teachers - Ciputra Bus Meeting Times and Locations:
Sep 15-16: 
8:00 AM  - park between P & L
8:05 AM - T block gate
8:10 AM - G2 Ciputra

For inquiries, please contact esprincipal@concordiahanoi.org