PD Webinar

Teaching for Transfer:
Building Real-World Connections Through Constructive Conversations

Presented by Barbara Andrews

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Discover effective ways to improve literacy and language skills by guiding students to apply and transfer their learning to new situations, such as independent reading and writing, inquiry projects, and state tests. In this PD Webinar, Barbara Andrews, co-author of Small-Group Reading Instruction and former multilingual teacher and administrator, will guide participants through ways to develop diverse students’ abilities to participate in collaborative academic conversations and use what they have learned in different contexts.

This research-based webinar focuses on pathways and processes that enable K-8 students, including multilingual learners, to build knowledge, meet state standards, and improve their communication and thinking skills. You will learn how to:

  • Adapt or design lessons to increase understanding, and then show students how to apply their knowledge
  • Improve students’ abilities to sustain productive academic conversations by layering ideas and information
  • Teach speaking, listening, and metacognitive skills that enable students to learn successfully during group activities
  • Provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their mastery and transfer of targeted skills and strategies


1 hour

Barbara Andrews

About the Presenter

Barbara Andrews spent 27 years as a multilingual classroom educator, instructional facilitator, and district administrator. Her wealth of experience now helps her provide effective professional development as a senior national literacy consultant for Benchmark Education Company. In this role, she has worked extensively with teachers across the country, doing presentations, on-site demonstration lessons, and coaching. Barbara has also successfully supported school districts in the implementation of effective literacy instruction and the use of curriculum materials for multilingual learners. She contributes to the development of new instructional programs as an author and contributing editor and has written children’s books in English and in Spanish. Barbara is also the co-author of the PD Essentials professional book, Small-Group Reading Instruction.

More Resources

Small-Group Reading Instruction Professional Development Book

By Adria F. Klein, Ph.D., Barbara Andrews and Peter Afflerbach, Ph.D.

Small-group reading instruction needs to be purposeful, flexible, and engaging for learners. Discover the why, when, and how of managing differentiated groups with this succinct guide. Topics include:

  • Guided reading, strategic groups, and close reading
  • Strategies to implement best practices successfully in the classroom and monitor progress
  • Targeted support for English Learners and suggestions for differentiation for special learning needs
  • A glossary of relevant terms so that teams can discuss and develop a shared common language for collaboration

Advance ALL

High/low text sets are designed to support and accelerate Grades 2-6 students who are reading at Emergent to Early/Fluent levels. Engaging and age-appropriate leveled topic sets feature scaffolds for literacy and English language development.

  • Multi-book sets at a range of reading levels address grade-level science, social studies, and ELA standards.
  • Accelerated introduction to on-grade-level text and graphic features prepares students for complex texts.
  • Pictorial support and glossaries develop academic vocabulary in meaningful contexts.

These texts can be used for small-group differentiated instruction, independent reading practice, and/or targeted intervention.


Celebrate Rich and Diverse Voices and Identities
Represent is an exciting, forward-thinking new collection of 200+ fiction and nonfiction texts that promote multiple perspectives, critical thinking, and knowledge building.

  • Reach and raise every child with responsive teaching lessons.
  • Share authentic texts featuring underrepresented groups.
  • Build knowledge, vocabulary, and perspectives by aligning to science, social studies, and ELA topics.
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