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SIPPS Virtual Symposium 2021

SIPPS Virtual Symposium:
Accelerating K–12 Foundational Skills with Research-based Instruction

February 23, 2021
1:00–4:00 PM Eastern Time 

Foundational skills are a crucial aspect of literacy instruction—research shows that they are a catalyst that allows students to flourish as readers and writers.

This one-day virtual Symposium will explore best practices in high-quality, structured foundational skills instruction through the lens of the SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) curriculum.

Symposium Agenda

Valentina Contesse, MEd

Keynote • 1:00–2:00 PM Eastern Time

All Symposium registrants are invited to attend the opening keynote, “Building upon a Strong Foundation: How Foundational Skills Instruction Paves the Way for Future Learning,” by Valentina Contesse of the University of Florida Literacy Institute.

Learning Tracks • 2:00–4:00 PM Eastern Time

Registrants will select one of two learning tracks:

Track 1: an introductory track for K–12 educators who are unfamiliar with SIPPS and wish to learn how the program swiftly and effectively supports students’ mastery of foundational skills

Track 2: a professional learning track for current SIPPS educators who are seeking to refine their implementation of the program, with learning curated by SIPPS Level

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Time: 1:00–4:00 PM Eastern Time / 12:00–3:00 PM Central Time / 10:00 AM–1:00 PM Pacific Time

Platform: This live virtual event will be held via Zoom Webinar and Zoom Meeting. To fully engage in the learning, please have a laptop with video and audio enabled.

Track 1 Fee: For educators who are new to SIPPS and are participating in the introductory Track 1, the Symposium is complimentary.

Track 2 Fee: For current SIPPS educators who participate in Track 2 professional learning, the fee is $50/person.

To secure your spot for the Symposium, please go to the “Register Now” section below.

Questions: Please contact events@collaborativeclassroom.org.

Register Now

To register for the Symposium, please read on and select the track that best meets your learning goals:

Learning Track 1

K–12 Acceleration: Supporting Students’ Mastery of Foundational Skills with SIPPS

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 1:00–4:00 PM Eastern

Who Should Attend: Track 1 is designed for K–12 educators who are unfamiliar with SIPPS and wish to learn how the program swiftly and effectively supports students’ mastery of foundational skills.

Fee: Track 1 is complimentary, but you must register to attend. Click here to register for Track 1.

Track 1 registrants will attend the opening keynote, “Building upon a Strong Foundation: How Foundational Skills Instruction Paves the Way for Future Learning,” followed by two one-hour introductory webinars:

K–3 Acceleration: Supporting Students’ Mastery of Foundational Skills with SIPPS

In this webinar, we will hear from educators who are implementing SIPPS as a way to swiftly and effectively support K–3 students’ mastery of foundational skills. Educators will share about the best practices that underlie high-quality, effective foundational skills instruction for our youngest students, the implications to providing a structured literacy approach to foundational skills, and the outcomes for students as confident, automatic, and accurate readers. Featured panelists include:

    • Janet Gulden, SISA Coordinator, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District, MN
    • Gina Pericolosi, Reading Interventionist, Springfield Public Schools, MA
    • Dale Webster, Chief Academic Officer, CORE
    • Jacklyn Wilson, Program Director, Literacy Now

4–12 Acceleration: Supporting Students’ Mastery of Foundational Skills with SIPPS

We will learn from a panel of educators who are implementing SIPPS as an intervention to effectively accelerate students’ foundational skills mastery in Grades 4–12. The panel will discuss best practices that underlie high-quality, effective intervention instruction for older students in a respectful and accelerative way. We will also explore the implications to providing a structured literacy approach to foundational skills and the outcomes for older students as confident, automatic, and accurate readers. Featured panelists include:

    • Jennifer McMahon, Director of Learning, Livonia Central School District, Livonia, NY
    • Jennifer Rios-Alers, Instructional Coach, Greeley-Evans School District 6, Greeley, CO
    • Mariko Wesley-Fagundes, Education Specialist, West Sonoma County Union High School District, West Sonoma, CA
    • Joseph Villarreal, Assistant Supt of Secondary Education, Harlingen CISD, Harlingen, TX

Learning Track 2

Going Deeper with Your SIPPS Implementation: Professional Learning for Current Users

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 1:00–4:00 PM Eastern

Who Should Attend: Track 2 is designed for teachers, coaches, or other educators who are currently teaching SIPPS.

Registrants will attend the opening keynote, “Building upon a Strong Foundation: How Foundational Skills Instruction Paves the Way for Future Learning,” followed by a live, highly interactive two-hour session for their SIPPS Level.

In the session, Track 2 registrants will deepen their SIPPS expertise, fine-tune their ability to deliver effective, responsive instruction, refine instructional decision making, and learn alongside fellow educators who are implementing the same SIPPS Level. Please engage in pre-work for this learning.

Fee: $50/person. (Pay by credit card at the time of registration.)

To ensure the quality of our learning, space is limited to 100 participants per SIPPS Level.

All Track 2 participants will receive a certificate of attendance for their professional learning.

To register, please select the Track 2 session for your SIPPS Level:

Track 2, Session A: Going Deeper with Your SIPPS Implementation: Beginning Level (Grades K–1)

Track 2, Session B: Going Deeper with Your SIPPS Implementation: Extension Level (Grades 2–3)  

Track 2, Session C: Going Deeper with Your SIPPS Implementation: Plus Level (Grades 4–12)

Track 2, Session D: Going Deeper with Your SIPPS Implementation: Challenge Level (Grades 2–12)