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Towanda Harris | Choosing the Right Tools: Instructional Resources and Strategies that Work for Your Students | Date: 3.27.20 | Time: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Location: LaGuardia Plaza Hotel

March 27 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

One-Day Workshop:  Towanda Harris

Choosing the Right Tools:  Instructional Resources and Strategies that Work for Your Students




During the workshop, we will establish a rationale for determining and evaluating quality resources and practices for the various learners’ needs within your classroom each year. Because those needs directly impact our instructional decisions, it is essential to continuously monitor students’ progress throughout the year with the resources that we put before them. So often we misalign activities and strategies for learners’ needs and miss out on intentional practice opportunities that improve their individual performance. You’ll discover how to evaluate classroom resources based on your own students’ unique needs. We will explore ways to make changes to everyday resources in order to best serve your students. With ready-to-use tools, we will lay out a path that helps educators make informed decisions about what resources and practices students need to reach their full potential.

By learning how to use formal and informal assessments to drive instruction, you’ll see the value of allowing the learner, not the resource, to determine next steps. We will also focus on identifying “Who’s Invited to the Table?” You’ll explore different ways to collaborate with colleagues to gain insights about their students and identify how their role could yield the greatest impact on students, while planning for future instruction.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Discover how to evaluate classroom resources based on your own students’ unique strengths and needs
  • Examine ways to use and modify classroom resources to best serve your students
  • Learn how you can use assessment to determine whether a resource is benefitting your students
  • Explore how to collaborate with colleagues to gain insight from their role when making instructional decisions, in order to yield the greatest impact on students’ learning

About the Presenter

From the classroom to the district, Towanda Harris has trained teachers throughout the state of Georgia. She brings almost twenty years of professional experience to each of her sessions. Originally an elementary school teacher, Towanda has served as a literacy coach, adjunct professor, K-12 staff developer, and curriculum writer.

Some of her presentations at state and national conferences include, “Welcome to Comprehensionville” (Georgia Reading First Conference 2007), “Creating Superhero Writers” (GDOE Summer Literacy Institute 2018), and “Feedback that Streamlines Efforts to Improve Teacher Performance” (Learning Forward Conference 2018). Her recent book, The Right Tools: A Guide to Selecting, Evaluating, and Implementing Classroom Resources and Practices, informs this workshop.

In addition to writing and consulting, Towanda serves as an adjunct professor and an Instructional Leadership Coordinator for an urban school district in Atlanta, Georgia.

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers of grades K-5, literacy coaches/specialists, curriculum coordinators, administrators, and teacher educators.


8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M.


The cost of this workshop is $249.00 per person. If you register 3 or more participants at the same time the cost is $239.00 per person.

Early Bird Special!

Registrations must be received by January 21, 2020 to qualify for the early bird rate of $209 per person.


Registration Time: 7:30 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.

Event Time: 8:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Where: LaGuardia Plaza Hotel

10404 Ditmars Blvd
East Elmhurst, NY 11369


March 27
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
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