Seattle Course #2- The Magic is in the Instruction


Wednesday- March 7, 2018      8:00am-4:00pm

Course #2 -The Magic is in the Instruction

by Anita L. Archer, PhD, Consultant, Author- Portland, OR

About the Speaker
Anita L. Archer, PhD, serves as an educational consultant to state departments, county agencies, and school districts on explicit instruction and literacy instruction. She has taught elementary and middle school students and is the recipient of ten Outstanding Educator awards. Dr. Archer has served on the faculties of San Diego State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon. She is nationally known for her presentations and publications on instructional procedures and literacy instruction and has co-authored numerous curriculum materials with Dr. Mary Gleason including REWARDS, REWARDS Plus, REWARDS Writing (Sopris) and Skills for School Success (Curriculum Associates). In addition, Dr. Archer was the senior author of Phonics for Reading (Curriculum Associates). Most recently, Dr. Archer wrote a textbook on explicit instruction with Dr. Charles Hughes entitled Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching. She is nationally known for her professional development activities, having presented in every state over the course of her 40-year career. Disclosures: Financial- Dr. Archer is the owner of Anita L. Archer PhD, Inc, an educational consulting firm located in Portland, OR. She receives royalties from Voyager/ Sopris Learning, LLC, Curriculum Associates, and Guilford Publications for her publications. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Target Audience (who should attend):  General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Resource Room Teachers, Title 1 Teachers, Reading Specialists, Private Tutors, Principals/Administrators, and Instructional Assistants and Paraprofessionals

Target Age Range: Kindergarten through 8th grade

Course Description:  

The magic is in the quality of instruction. It is not in the newest fad. Rather it is in the strength of bell-to-bell instruction, clear lesson purposes, structured lessons with an introduction, body and closure, embedded formative assessment, active participation, effective feedback, and judicious practice. When these el- ements are consistently and effectively used, learning results. In this session, Dr. Archer will review the research on explicit instruction and demonstrate its application across grade levels and domains.

 What You Will Learn
Course Objectives– Participants will be able to:

  • Adequately describe the research supporting explicit instruction
  • Adequately describe the four variables related to design of instruction: a) focus on critical content; b) break down complex tasks into obtainable segments; c) provide systematic instruction; and d) provide adequate practice
  • Adequately describe the critical elements involved in the design of lessons that introduce: a) facts; b) skills and strategies; c) vocabulary
  • Adequately describe the critical elements involved in effective delivery of instruction for: a) gaining frequent responses; b) monitoring student performance; c) providing quality feedback; and d) maintaining a brisk pace