Get to know me.
If you’ve dropped by my site and have interest in hiring me to present a session for you, need a custom project, are interested in a site license for one of my resources, or just have questions you need help with, please feel free to message me using the form below, and I’ll get back in touch with you.
Communication is key, as they say! I’ll keep in regular contact about any projects we start to ensure you get the end result you’re looking for.
What do you specialize in?
My focus is on all things literacy. That includes curriculum design for grades k through five primarily and information on best practices in literacy instruction. You can search my site for articles on all kinds of literacy learning topics.
What services do you provide?
I am available to provide teaching workshops in the middle Atlantic area. I have presented with our local literacy council, with the Virginia State Reading Association, with my previous school division, and with other districts. I also create custom blog designs for teacherpreneurs and educators who wish to document their teaching journey using the Blogger platform (at this time). You can visit my blog design site blogdesigns4you.com for more information.
How much does a typical project cost?
Prices can vary significantly depending on the size of your project or need. If you’d like a site license for one of my teaching resources, we can discuss that via email. If you’d like to pay by purchase order, I can work that out with you too.
For blog design work on Blogger, a typical cost is about $300. I am learning Word Press at this time and will be able to offer Word Press sites in the future.
Presentations I’m able to offer…
Using Mentor Texts to Teach Comprehension Skills and the Six Writing Traits
In this session, Carla selects and shares quality picture books and how they can be used for specific reading and writing skills. Participants are provided with a database of books categorized by reading/writing skill. (1-2 hours)
Building a Vivacious Vocabulary in All Readers
This 1-2 hour session includes how to plan vocabulary lessons, vocabulary building activities for word introduction, practice, and for quick review.
The Benefits of Close Reading and How to Get Started
Close reading strategies are a must teach for the middle and upper elementary grades. Using close reading strategies are important for student learning in the content areas. This session is an introductory session for teachers unfamiliar with close reading practices. Carla walks through how to use a close reading with both whole and small groups.
Best Practices in Guided Reading
With this session, Carla shares how to group students, how to schedule your literacy block, information on what to use for instruction and how to run your small groups. This session includes progress monitoring tools and Carla’s guided reading binder. (full day)
The Power of Poetry: Ways to Use a Poem of the Week
Poetry is for more than National Poetry Month! This session includes how poetry is used for building a concept of word in emergent readers, for building fluency in the primary grades, and for comprehension and figurative language in the upper grades. A collection of original poetry and activities are shared with participants. (1-2 hours)
Using a Writer’s Workshop Model
This full day session introduces a workshop model, how to use the writing process, ways to organize students in the classroom, use of mentor texts, mini lesson ideas, and assessing student writing.
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