For the first time ever, we are offering our popular 6-hour THEMEMAKER® WORKSHOP for Informational Text—virtually via Zoom Meeting—and it is open to the public!
We have tailored and curated the “best of the best” contents and activities from the thousands of ThemeMaker® Informational Text workshops and training sessions we have presented over the past 25 years to design a distance learning experience that closely mirrors our in-person workshops.
Date: Wednesday March 3, and Thursday March 4, 2021
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM EST (each day)
Location: Zoom Live Virtual Meeting
Included: Extensive E-Book with Templates, Progress Monitoring Forms, Lessons, and Activities; Certificate of Completion; 0.6 ASHA CEUs (if eligible)
This Master Class is open to the public. To register, add this THEMEMAKER® MASTER CLASS to your shopping cart and check out. You'll receive a confirmation receipt by email prompting you to register for the class. You will then receive a Zoom Link. ALL REGISTRANTS will have access to the RECORDED VERSION of this Master Class until March 25, 2021. If you watch the recording ONLY, you will be eligible for Certificate of Completion only. You are eligible for the 0.6 ASHA CEUs only when participating LIVE in the class (see ASHA CEU information).
Story Grammar Marker®’s focus is narrative development (stories). Our ThemeMaker® method centers on informational text (expository text) which is found in content area sources such as: websites, news shows, sciences, social studies, history, current events, true fact books, textbooks, podcasts, biographies, magazines, cookbooks, documentaries, product manuals, in nonfiction literature, and in everyday life!
Due to its complexity, expository text is challenging to teach. Our Master Class provides an evidence-based method for integrating informational text structure strategies and underlying oral language skills into your instruction. Since 1996, ThemeMaker® text structure strategies have helped students to think about, remember, and use the information they are learning, rather than learning isolated skills and memorizing facts. The presenters of this Master Class will share how to teach students to activate background knowledge, grow oral language for informational text, generate inferences, monitor comprehension, make connections among and within texts, find the main idea, learn new vocabulary, and write informational passages.
Using MindWing’s ThemeMaker® method, the presenters will conduct activities using selections of literature, science, and social studies with ThemeMaker® maps, hands-on and digital resources, and lessons.
ThemeMaker® is a uniquely designed approach that organizes the already familiar “icons” of the Story Grammar Marker® into concrete mental models of the 7 informational text structures.
When these text structure strategies and corresponding transition words and phrases are integrated into the instruction of informational text, students build both their higher order thinking skills and their knowledge simultaneously.
Maryellen is the Founder and President of MindWing Concepts. Her 50 year professional career includes: school-based SLP, Assistant Professor, Diagnostician, and Coordinator of Intervention Curriculum and Professional Development. She created the Story Grammar Marker and was awarded two U.S. patents. In 2011, Moreau received the Boise Peace Quilt Project Award for her work with children in the area of conflict resolution and social communication. In 2014, she received the Alice H. Garside Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Dyslexia Association, Massachusetts Branch (MABIDA) for exemplary leadership, service or achievement in the area of helping children with dyslexia and language learning disabilities Moreau is an internationally recognized presenter.
Linda received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1981 from the University of Maryland. In 2014 she received her CAGS designation from American International College as a Reading Specialist. Linda has practiced in many settings, including hospital, public and private schools. She is the former Principal of the Curtis Blake Day School of the Children’s Study Home, for students with dyslexia/LLD. Linda has presented at the Massachusetts Speech Language Hearing Association and the American Speech Language Hearing conventions. She also presented on the topic of “Narratives” at a learning disabilities conference in the United Arab Emirates. In her current role, Linda uses her 25+ years of experience with Story Grammar Marker®, ThemeMaker® and MindWing’s other methodologies as a trainer, presenter, and co-author on new publications.
Participants will be able to…
|6:00-6:30||Connection of Story Grammar Marker® to Informational Text and ThemeMaker®|
|6:30-7:00||ThemeMaker®’s 7 Informational Text Structures with selections of expository text|
|7:00-7:30||Activities to explore expository text selections and identifying text structures/features|
|7:30-8:30||Process of Integrating ThemeMaker®’s Informational Text structure strategies|
|8:30-9:00||Question and Answer|
|6:00-7:00||Practice using informational text structure strategies with science and social studies|
|7:00-8:00||Domain Specific Vocabulary, Signal Words and Expository Features|
|8:00-8:30||Group Activities with nonfiction and informational literature|
|8:30-9:00||Question and Answer Session|
There is a fee for this course and it will be rescheduled if cancelled for any reason. If for any reason, the course is cancelled by MindWing Concepts (and can NOT be rescheduled), MindWing Concepts, Inc., will notify participants via email and refunds will be issued. If you are ill or there is another emergency and you are not able to attend on these dates, we will transfer your registration for the next available SGM® Master Class.
Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, has ownership interest in MindWing Concepts, and holds intellectual property rights and patents. Maryellen is employed as president of MindWing Concepts. In that capacity, she writes books, creates materials, consults, trains and presents.
No relevant non-financial relationships exist.
This presentation will focus exclusively on narrative development with the Story Grammar Marker® Approach and will not include information on other similar or related narrative development tools.
|This program is offered for a maximum of 0.6 ASHA CEUs (6 hours, Intermediate level; Professional area). No partial credit will be provided.|
Item No. 08 104
$ 407.00 $ 492.78
The ThemeMaker® Master Class with Implementation Kit for Informational Text is a combination of training and tools with a HUGE, never-been-offered-before savings and an incredible VALUE!
This special bundle includes 6 hours of virtual synchronous Professional Development (asynchronous recording available as well), a 100+ page eBook, Certificate of Completion and 0.6 ASHA CEUs (if eligible). It also includes 20 ThemeMaker® materials and tools to effectively implement this methodology whether you are teaching remotely or in person. The total value of this bundle is $492.78!
Due to its complexity, expository text is challenging to teach. Our Master Class provides an evidence-based method for integrating informational text structure strategies and underlying oral language skills into your instruction. Since 1996, ThemeMaker®’s informational (expository) text structure strategies and related materials have helped students to think about, remember, and use the information they are learning, rather than learning isolated skills and memorizing facts.
Participating in the Master Class training and using this set of materials, participants will be able to teach students to activate background knowledge, grow oral language for informational text, generate inferences, monitor comprehension, make connections among and within texts, find the main idea, learn new vocabulary, and write informational passages.
Item No. 06 501G
None Scheduled - $ 995.00
SGM Certification Module 1 is a THREE-day (3-day) intensive training held at MindWing’s Springfield, MA location. It is for professionals who have already been using this approach and who have previously attended training with Maryellen Rooney Moreau and wish to increase their level of expertise in using MindWing’s Approach and who want to train directly with Maryellen Rooney Moreau, creator of the Story Grammar Marker®. This Certification will give participants the opportunity to use the methodology at an expert level with their students and clients. It will also give them the tools to mentor and in-service (within certain in-servicing parameters designated by MindWing Concepts, Inc.) within a school district, private practice or organization on the topic of the foundations of MindWing Concepts’ methodology.
Days one and two are designed as a roundtable, think-tank-type workshop. This certification module will cover research, specific areas of interest, techniques, and aspects of MindWing’s approach that go beyond a workshop. Maryellen will cover this Approach from early childhood (Braidy®) to elementary (SGM®), writing (Talk to Write, Write to LearnTM), expository text (ThemeMaker®) at the middle school level. It will also cover MindWing’s focus on Autism and social communication as well as make connections to the Common Core State Standards, text complexity, and data collection.
On day three Sean J. Sweeney, M.S., M.Ed., CCC-SLP, will join Maryellen to focus on integrating technology tools with the 7 Stages of Narrative Development and with 7 Expository Text structures: description, list, sequence, cause/effect, problem/solution, compare/contrast and persuasion/argument. Sean will combine Apps, Story Grammar Marker® & ThemeMaker® tools, children’s literature, expository selections and manipulatives as an engaging way to improve students’ oral expression, social communication, critical thinking, writing, and comprehension. Many Apps will be discussed, including the SGM® iPad App. For participants, this day will solidify progression of the stages and the trajectory of expository text structures as well as explores creative ways to elicit and develop oral language.
The major focus of all 3 days will be how to implement the methodology within any existing program and how to use MindWing’s approach with students—regardless of age, ability or culture, to provide instruction and intervention, while supporting the curriculum goals and standards and use data and progress monitoring.
1.8 ASHA CEUs Available
None Scheduled - $ 695.00
The overarching topic will be Advanced Discourse. We will delve into techniques to use in the Pre-K through middle school ability level. Subtopics will include exploring the Critical Thinking Triangle® In Action! applications, expository text, reciprocal teaching for the classroom, conversation repair, high level narratives, intervention strategies, progress monitoring and more.
Specifically, Maryellen will be asking each attendee to email her 5 topics/questions that they would like covered based on their experience since their last Module.
Module 2 will truly be tailored to your needs. Module 2 is exclusively for those persons who have attended SGM® Certification Module 1.
This 2-day, 12-hour, intensive, SGM® Certification Module 2 will be a small group, intensive, think-tank style session with Maryellen and 8-10 colleagues who are also graduates of Module 1. Mid-morning snack/coffee/tea, lunch and snacks both days will be included as well as dinner on Monday night for those staying over. ASHA CEUs will be available. There will also be handouts and materials included as always.
$695 each participant.
PURCHASE ORDERS ARE ACCEPTED. Please indicate name of the participant.