firsthand Professional Support
Heinemann Professional Development proudly offers firsthand Professional Support. Designed by our authors and delivered on-site by Heinemann-trained consultants, firsthand Professional Support deepens teachers' understanding of these classroom materials and gives them the professional insight needed to teach with greater skill and sophistication. firsthand Professional Support sessions:
- familiarize participants with the instructional ideas, theories, and strategies that shape firsthand materials
- demonstrate how lessons model the moves and language of a master teacher
- highlight ways to use, adapt, and extend the ideas behind the lessons to inform practice and meet the needs of individual classrooms.
With a deeper understanding of the thinking underlying each firsthand product, your teachers will be ready to maximize every instructional moment, every day—as well as to engage in professional decision-making that takes them beyond the resource's framework.
On-site follow-up support is available to schools and districts that wish to continue professional development beyond the initial firsthand Professional Support session. Support days are customized for each site and may include:
- in-class demonstrations
- facilitating community learning team meetings
- classroom observation and feedback
- additional guided study of a particular topic or set of teaching strategies
- planning sessions
- train-the-trainer support.
Developed by Carl Anderson
Effective writing conferences are more than one-on-one check-ins with students. Guided by clear instructional purposes, teacher-student conversations become an indispensable means to move writers forward on their individual, developmental learning journeys. Anderson's new firsthand resource helps demystify conferring for teachers by revealing the predictable structure underlying effective conferences and providing a collection of 100 such instructional conversations... more »
Grades K–1, 2–3, 4–5, and 6–7
Developed by Linda Hoyt
Interactive Read-Alouds is a powerful resource that helps teachers recast read-alouds of treasured favorites as springboards to deeper understanding of comprehension strategies, literary devices, and writing traits. This course reveals the principles behind the resource and how to put those principles into practice... more »
Grades K–2 and 3–5
Developed by Lucy Calkins and colleagues from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project
This firsthand course is now offered through the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. For detailed information, please call 800.238.5892... more »
The Comprehension Toolkit emphasizes active literacy-reading, writing, talking, listening and investigating - and in this firsthand course, your teachers will discover how to use the Toolkit to develop these crucial comprehension skills and know-how to improve instruction, and even begin to write lessons... more »
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 Portalupi... more »
Good teaching is crucial to young readers' development, and Fountas and Pinnell's Phonics and Word Study Lessons supports the kind of instruction that emerging readers need. In this firsthand course, your teachers will begin with an instructional... more »
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Heinemann PD Catalog-Journal
Be sure to read our latest issue of Heinemann's Professional Development Catalog-Journal. Our Spring 2013 issue explores how we can embrace the new emphasis on Common Core informational text without diminishing children's curiosity and appetite for knowledge, and the overarching importance of sticking with the foundations of best instructional practices.
Download and share provocative articles and resources presented by leading thinkers in our field here ».