Fine-Tuning Your Word Study Instruction

Grades K-3
October 12, 2017

  • Presented by:
    Colleen Spano
  • Registration Fee:
    $139 ( $189 for non-members)
  • Location:
    Emmet Street Holiday Inn, Charlottesville

Important Notice

Registration is CLOSED because the conference is full.
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Event Details

Are you looking for ways to make your word study instruction more hands-on and targeted to the specific needs of your students? Do you struggle with how to organize and manage word study materials in your classroom? This workshop is designed for K-3 teachers who have some experience with word study and are looking for ways to fine-tune their word study instruction. Participants will learn how to differentiate word study based on assessments and explore different ways to organize assessment results to support grouping decisions. In addition, participants will examine ways to plan thoughtful and purposeful word study activities to keep students actively engaged. Other topics covered during the workshop will include: establishing word study routines, organizing and managing word study materials, and how to appropriately pace word study instruction. Specific teaching tips and strategies will be shared throughout the day to support the implementation of word study in K-3 classrooms. During the workshop, participants will create a set of instructional materials and will learn how to differentiate these materials based on a student’s stage of spelling development. The word study resources and materials from this training are intended for use during small group instruction as well as extended practice during literacy work stations.


Grades K-3

Classroom Teachers and Reading Specialists


Colleen Spano (Reading@Curry)

Colleen Spano is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received both her Masters of Education in Reading and her Education Specialist Degrees. Currently, she is a part-time adjunct instructor for Reading@Curry at UVA.  She has developed and presented numerous workshops and trainings in the areas of classroom reading instruction and designing interventions for struggling readers.  In addition, Colleen has worked as a first grade classroom teacher, K/1 literacy coordinator, Title I teacher, and an instructor for Reading First and Curry Reading Outreach (formerly known as McGuffey/TEMPO Reading Outreach).

Event Schedule

Conference Runs from 9:00 a.m.  -  3:30 p.m.

Registration and Breakfast Begin at 8:00 a.m.

Lunch will be served at noon.

All registered participants will receive an email with event details in the week before the conference is held.

Registration Details

The conference fee is $139 for each participant who is member of a school division which is a member of VSUP/VaSCL. 

The registration fee for participants from Non-Member school divisions is $189 .

Registration fees include breakfast and lunch, as well as parking and internet access.

The registration deadline is September 22, 2017.

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Once you have submitted the registration, the person or people whom you have designated to receive a confirmation email should see that email (with registration information included) within 24 hours.

Pre-Payment is not required for participation.

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Registration Fee

$139   ( $189 for non-members)

Hotel Information

1901 Emmet Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901

(434) 977-7700

VSUP/VaSCL room rate.
VSUP / VaSCL Special Rate: $109
Call 434-977-7700 and ask for the VSUP / VaSCL room rate and provide the following VaSCL / VSUP Rate Code: IX9K5.

Or use the LINK below to make your reservation at the special VSUP / VaSCL room rate.


Contact VSUP/VaSCL

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October 12, 2017
Fine-Tuning Your Word Study Instruction
Emmet Street Holiday Inn, Charlottesville