Workshop Models for Literacy and Math

Grades 1-4
December 05, 2017

  • Presented by:
    Alisha Demchak and Kateri Thunder
  • Registration Fee:
    $139 ( $189 for non-members)
  • Location:
    Emmet Street Holiday Inn, Charlottesville

Event Details

How can we find enough time to do it all? In a workshop model of instruction, there are three typical components: First, the teacher leads a mini lesson. Then students work independently, with partners, or in small groups while the teacher confers with students and meets with needs-based strategy groups. Finally, the teacher selects students to share and bring closure to the lesson. We will explore these components of workshop models for reading, writing, and math as well as variations of these components. We will share and analyze examples of teachers breaking free from rotations and implementing strategies for maximizing students' instructional time, especially independent work time. Participants will leave with plans for workshop structures and routines that will enable students to grow as readers, writers, and mathematicians.


Grades 1-4

Classroom Teachers, Reading & Math Specialists, Elementary Coordinators, & Instructional Coaches


Alisha Demchak

Alisha Demchak is currently a kindergarten teacher at Burnley-Moran Elementary School in Charlottesville. She also serves as the division lead literacy teacher for prek-4th grades. She has served as an early childhood reading and mathematics specialist as well as an instructional coach in a prek-4 elementary school.  



Kateri Thunder

Kateri Thunder is an early childhood teacher, a professional development facilitator and coach, and a researcher. Previously, Kateri was an assistant professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Mathematics Education at James Madison University, a math specialist at a PreK-4 elementary school, and the UVA Site Director of the Central Virginia Writing Project.

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 November 10, 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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December 05, 2017
Workshop Models for Literacy and Math
Emmet Street Holiday Inn, Charlottesville
November 10, 2017