Session Resources: Explicit Instruction — Learning Is the Goal, Effective Teaching Is the Practice

This session will meet on Tuesday through Friday starting at:

11:30 am ET • 10:30 am CT • 9:30 am MT • 8:30 am PT • 7:30 am Alaska • 5:30 am Hawaii

We’ll meet for 2.5 hours, then take a 30-minute break before the start of the Panel Discussions: 

  • Tuesday: Schoolwide 
  • Wednesday: Classroom
  • Thursday: Tiers 2/3

Please submit questions for panelists to:

Following the Panel Discussion, we will regroup for an optional question-and-answer session focusing on Explicit Instruction. You’ll use the Zoom link for the in-depth session to join the Q&A.

The Tuesday-Thursday sessions will begin immediately following the day’s panel discussion (3:30 pm ET/12:30 pm PT). Friday’s will start right after the Explicit Instruction session ends (around 2 pm ET/11 am PT). We encourage everyone to attend this optional session.

You should have received an email invitation from your presenter via Zoom with your unique link to join the session. If you can’t find that email, please check in your spam or junk folder (search for emails sent from If you still cannot find the email, contact us right away and we will resend it.

Note: You will use this Zoom link to access the optional Q&A session following the Panel Discussions.

Also be aware that you should also have received a separate Zoom email with a unique link to join the Panel Discussions. Make sure to use the right link for the right meeting!



While we all need to turn off our cameras occasionally, I do hope that you remain on camera for most of the session.  I believe you’ll find that it creates a more interactive experience for all of us! Participants will also be periodically invited to unmute themselves to facilitate discussion in both large and small groups. 

Using Zoom

While Zoom can function on a variety of devices, access to a computer (or laptop) is recommended to fully participate in the activities. During the meeting, we will use various Zoom features for engagement and interacting.

Daily Materials and Assignments

Tuesday Materials (includes 13 Elements of Explicit Instruction PPT, 13 Elements of Explicit Instruction Summary Word Doc, 13 Elements of Explicit Instruction Summary PDF)

Tuesday’s PowerPoint


Wednesday Materials (Including Theme Questions PowerPoint, Getting the Gist PowerPoint,  Wednesday Powerpoint & Skill Strategy Lesson Observation Doc.)

Thursday Materials (Including Thursday PowerPoint, Vocabulary Observation form & Second Grade Active Participation & Behavior Expectations Zoom with Feedback PowerPoint)

Friday Materials (Including Friday PowerPoint & Writing Frames Example PowerPoint)



Click here to view a recording of Monday’s keynote address by Randy Sprick.  Download the handout here.

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Included text: Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching by Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes

 If you haven’t yet received your copy, please contact us.

Included materials: PowerPoints, observation forms, videos, and other related materials for use in school and district professional development

This session is designed for professional developers, administrators, and teacher-leaders who recognize the incredible impact that systematic, direct, engaging, and success-oriented instruction can have on students, teachers, and schools—people who exemplify the idea that how well students learn depends on how well they’re taught.

This session will immerse practitioners in the theory and practice of designing and delivering instruction in a manner that is systematic, direct, engaging, and success oriented—in a word: explicit. Participants will be prepared to provide this training to educators in their home districts. Among the critical content and skills discussed are:

  • Elements of Explicit Instruction
  • Lesson structure and design for skills and strategies, facts and knowledge, and concepts and vocabulary
  • Active engagement/opportunities to respond
  • Effective informative and affirmative feedback
  • Effective practice

About Anita

Dr. Anita Archer 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 internationally known for her presentations and publications on instructional procedures and literacy instruction and has co-authored numerous curriculum materials including the multi-level intervention program Phonics for Reading (Curriculum Associates) and the REWARDS reading and writing intervention programs (Voyager/Sopris) co-authored with Dr. Mary Gleason. Dr. Archer authored with Dr. Charles Hughes Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching.