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Practical ELL Strategies 

Grades K-5 

  • Practical ideas to make current curriculum comprehensible and relevant
  • How to help ELL students progress through the Language Standards
  • Cooperative learning techniques and activities
  • Comprehensible strategies for teaching academic content 
  • Highly effective comprehension strategies of literature and informational text
  • Step by step English language lessons for each level of language learner 
  • Ways to integrate reading, writing, listening, and speaking into the curriculum.
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching to promote self esteem and understanding
  • Dozens of fun and exciting language games 
  • Management techniques to accommodate ESL students in the general classroom
  • Tools to perform ongoing and informal assessment to match instruction with the needs of the ELL students. 

Practical Strategies to Increase Reading Skills

Grades 3-5 


  • A wealth of reading lessons based on best teaching practices
  • Easy to implement and manage independent literacy learning stations
  • Teach comprehension skills with outstanding literature and informational books
  • Increase oral and written reading responses through motivating literature circles 
  • Increase comprehension and vocabulary knowledge in content area reading 
  • Dozens of word games and activities to increase spelling skills and vocabulary knowledge
  • Differentiated instruction for ESL, struggling, and gifted students 
  • Strategies to increase higher level thinking skills

Practical Strategies to Increase Writing Skills 

Grades 3-5 

  • Step by step guided and interactive writing focus lessons based on best practices
  • Highly effective strategies to help students write quality sentences and paragraphs.
  • Dozens of motivating narrative, informational and opinion writing ideas
  • Writing workshop management techniques
  • Techniques to help students revise and edit their own writing
  • Teacher and peer conferencing strategies 
  • How to help students use graphic organizers as writing tools
  • Activities to empower students to use rich vocabulary in their writing
  • Motivating publishing ideas
  • How to prepare students for writing assessments
  • Realistic approaches to evaluate and assess writing growth and abilities.

Writing StrategiesThat Really Work! 

Grades K-2 

  • Guide students through the developmental stages of writing
  • Modeled and interactive writing lessons
  • Sentence, paragraph, story, and poetry writing strategies and ideas
  • Step by step writing focus lessons 
  • Dozens of across the curriculum narrative, informational and opinion writing ideas
  • Strategies to help students revise and edit their own writing
  • Writing workshop management techniques
  • Motivating publishing ideas to share and celebrate writing 
  • Authentic assessment and evaluation tools.  

Onsite Professional Development



"The only absolutely essential element of an effective school is an effective classroom teacher."  Allington and Cunningham 

"To be successful in teaching all children, teachers need to become extremely knowledgeable about effective strategies as well as diagnostic in their approach to instruction."  David Sousa

With over 30 years of practical classroom experience, Mary knows what works with students. For the last several years she has been traveling to schools all over North America conducting inservice trainings and in school support to help teachers differentiate instruction, increase their effectiveness and ultimately improve student achievement.Following is a description of Mary's most popular full day trainings. She will also custom fit training and follow-up sessions to the requests of the school.  All sessions support best educational practices and include how to use iPads and websites to enhance teaching and learning. Each teacher will receive a practical and extensive resource handbook. 

Math Strategies That Really Work!

Grades K-2

  • How to organize and teach guided math groups
  • How to most effectively differentiate math class 
  • Math center activities and management techniques
  • Dozens of ways to help students master math facts
  • Increase word problem solving skills
  • Writing and math
  • Reading and math
  • Engaging math projects
  • Helping students maximize number sense skills
  • Lots of hands-on engaging activities to increase math achievement.

Practical Strategies To Increase Math Skills 

Grades 3-5

  • How to organize and teach guided math groups 
  • How to most effectively differentiate math instruction and learning stations
  • A wealth of math center ideas and management techniques
  • Help students develop deeper mathematical thinking and discussion skills
  • Maximize word problem solving skills
  • Increase math vocabulary with evidence-based activities
  • Hands-on math projects to stimulate understanding
  • Dozens of ways to help students master multiplication and division facts
  • Numerous meaningful and exciting math games and activities in place value, algebraic thinking, fractions, geometry, measurement and more!
  • Great ideas to help students make the reading, writing, math connection.

Reading Strategies That Really Work!  

Grades K-2 

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  • A wealth of cutting edge fluency, vocabulary and comprehension strategies based on best educational practices
  • Strategies to increase reading comprehension through close reading
  • Easy to implement literacy learning stations
  • Management techniques to keep the class independent and productive while the teacher works with small groups
  • Highly effective lessons to increase comprehension of literature and informational text.
  • How to use graphic organizers to increase thinking skills
  • Differentiated literacy instruction for ESL, struggling, and gifted students