Alice Nine's Professional Development Center

  • Enroll now for PD with Alice Nine

    Enroll for Blended PD -- LIVE Workshop with Online Sessions.

    Enrollments for LIVE Workshop Sessions are stictly limited for small group. Contact Alice Nine ( to reserve your place(s).

    Enroll for the Online Only PD.

    Anywhere, anytime 24/7 access for your convenience with personal feedback.

  • Johnny Can Spell Start-Up Training
    an Alice Nine digital PD
    Enrollment is OPEN

    Complete online training with Alice Nine.
       Work at a learning pace that works for you in the comfort of your home.
       Experience routines and rituals, step-by-step with Alice's simulated lessons.
       Examine teaching points and instruction helps.
       Receive personal feedback via email from Alice Nine.

    BONUS:  JCSpell TouchPoint Modules, online for continuing support 
during implementation.

    Click HERE to view / print outline of the online sessions.

    Enroll any time. 
    More information HERE.

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  • Interactive Poetry Notebook
    (click for Workshop flyer)

    October 26, 2017

    Learn about Alice Nine's five lesson cycle: listening, visualizing, reading, noticing, working with words, examining the craft, digging for meaning, using text evidence, responding to literature. All with a poem.

    * Create Teacher’s Edition of Interactive Poetry Notebook
    • Experience the instructional activities in real time
    • Align with ELAR TEKS
    • Examine STAAR question stems
    • Review basics of poetry

    Receive online access to resources:
       Have you ever left a workshop with a pile of resources to sort through?
    Well, in this workshop, instead of that pile of papers or 3" binder, you will
       have the resources at your finger tips online. Also, photos of Alice Nine's
       personal notebook are included.

    Visit Alice Nine's blog, Talking with Letters, to view how-to posts about Day One and Day Two in her Interactive Poetry Notebook.

    pages from Alice Nine's personal notebook

    Space is limited!  Enroll now!

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  • Snippety Grammar 4 Editing STAARs
    (click for Workshop flyer)

    November 8, 2017

    It’s called SNIPPETY because it's grammar snippets in mini-lessons and bite-sized practices using anchor lessons and anchor charts daily rituals and routines to develop editing skills. Content & strategies aligned with ELAR TEKS, especially focused for STAAR Writing.

    Learn how to

    • Read like proofreader
    • Identify and fix fragments / run-ons / fused
    • Eradicate word usage confusion,
         e.g., to/too/two; their/there/they’re
    • Process critical spelling rules,
         e.g., hoping or hopping
    • Develop editing skills with practice routines

    Online Resources come with this workshop!

    Space is limited! Enroll now!

    Workshop Agenda.

    Registration Form.

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  • Writing STAAR Essays
    (click for Blended PD flyer)

    This is blended PD:  Online Sessions and a Day on location (Radisson, El Paso).

    LIVE on November 9, 2017 - OPEN ENROLLMENT

    LIVE on October 20, 2017 - Workshop FULL

    During the day with Alice Nine, you will go through the writing process for the STAAR expository essay, from prompt to revised essay (4th grade), and a record 
of your thinking with an eye on recreating the mentor essays in your classroom. You will learn how to—

      • Use the prompt to write a clear central idea statement
      • To revise the central idea statement six different ways
      • Use Alice Nine’s X-Builder for the essay body
      • Write a conclusion that completes the essay and includes the central idea
      • Plan your STAAR essay practices in bite-sized pieces
      • Experience the instructional activities in real time
      • Receive online access to resources that include deciphering the STAAR writing rubric and deconstructing the STAAR essay prompt

    Space is limited! We will not exceed 30 teachers in the session. Enroll now!

    Workshop Agenda.

    Registration Form.

    If you cannot attend the day at El Paso Radisson, you can enroll for the online sessions.
    More information HERE.


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    The 4th Grade STAAR™ Essay
    an Alice Nine digital PD

    Enrollment is OPEN

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    Outline of  Modules 

    ✔︎ Deciphering the STAAR™ Rubrics

     ✔︎ Deconstructing Expository Prompts

    ✔︎ Developing the Expository Essay 
         --Writing a thesis using 4th prompt
          --Using the X-Builder

    ✔︎ Know the Difference: Personal Narrative vs. Expository
        --Compare and contrast with Mr. Marshmallow

    ✔︎ 4th Grade STAAR™-like prompts

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  • What is Johnny Can Spell?  Read more here.

    Johnny Can Spell Training
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    Check out our on-line Johnny Can Spell Training.
        Go to the Course Categories box on right side of this screen.
        Click Johnny Can Spell Courses to read more.
        Click for Outline of Johnny Can Spell Start-Up course

    The 70 Orton phonograms taught in Johnny Can Spell

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