Making Sure Kids Grow in Small Group Instruction


Are you frustrated by a commitment to small group instruction, but the data is not showing substantial growth in your readers?

Join Gwen Blumberg, Tammy Mulligan, and Dana Murphy  as we dive into the nitty-gritty of analyzing data for small group instruction, making instructional plans, and ensuring that all readers are growing!

If you want your small group instruction to be more targeted and effective, then join three current practitioners from across the United States as we dive into using data to create instructional plans that meet the needs of all learners. This event will offer practical ways to make small group instruction more effective. You can expect tips and tools like:

  • An analogy to explain how small groups are developed.
  • Steps to create a small group plan to support all readers.
  • How to design a data plan that helps you understand the full profile of a reader.
  • Ways to identify students who need quick and frequent practice.
  • Attention to the five pillars of reading instruction.

What You Get

  • Three keynote sessions.
  • Guided practice throughout and after each session.
  • Additional resources paired with each session.
  • Three live zoom meetings with the contributors and other participants to widen perspectives and strengthen understandings.
  • Reflective practice experiences to guide you in tailoring the next steps for your school.
  • Six months of email support.

Perfect for those who have a strong understanding of small group instruction and want to increase their capacity for meeting the needs of every child while considering the five pillars of reading instruction.

The best audience for this event is someone who is interested in dialing-in their ability to teach to the exact point of need for any reader. Reading specialists, classroom teachers, instructional coaches, and literacy leaders will value the practical ideas to grow in analyzing data and making instructional plans that lead to growth.

Sharing this experience with colleagues is encouraged. Special rates for groups of three or more. Email

Join Live. Access Later.

  • There are three live Zoom meetings with the presenters. These will be recorded and shared.
  • Videos and additional resources are available for six months so you can go at your own pace. 

What Participants are Saying

Over 100 educators have participated in Making Sure Kids Grow in Small Groups, and 98% reported that they feel more equipped to design and implement a small group plan that will grow students as readers.

Workshops facilitated by educators with their boots on the ground in classrooms are priceless! They bring authentic strategies that fit what we are working with everyday. If you go through this workshop with a team and follow the steps for reflection and conversation, you’ll finish better equipped and ready to grow kids as readers.
—Mary Brower, instructional coach

Educators from a variety of experiences found this workshop useful.

This was incredibly helpful. I learned how to break down small groups and I was given time to actually put what I learned into practice.
—Brittany Bair, Classroom Teacher

This workshop is great for teachers beginning their journey in building flexible groups to ensure students are getting exactly what they need on the walk to becoming proficient! It’s a 10!
—Jonathan Winslow, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Even if you already know how to run effective data-driven small groups, this event is full of great ideas to freshen up your skills. I learned a lot of new strategies that are easy to implement.
—Diane Anderson, instructional coach


Determining Goals with Gwen Blumberg

Gwen Blumberg uses a medical analogy to help us think differently about analyzing data for readers. She guides us in creating instructional plans that will reach all readers.

First Live Zoom for Making Sure Kids Grow in Small Groups

Join Gwen on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 4 pm Eastern.

Teaching Phonics in Small Groups with Tammy Mulligan

Tammy Mulligan clearly defines how to create meaningful instructional plans for a variety of student needs. She teaches how to determine the kinds of practice students need and discusses the importance of quick and frequent practice.

Second Live Zoom for Making Sure Kids Grow in Small Groups

Join Tammy on Monday, January 22, 2024 at 5:00 PM (Eastern).

Teaching Comprehension in Small Groups with Dana Murphy

Dana Murphy zeros in on teaching vocabulary and reading comprehension in small groups. She offers advice on how to create plans for small groups and thoughtful ideas for meaningful instructional strategies.

Third Live Zoom for Making Sure Kids Grow in Small Groups

Join Dana on Monday, February 5, 2024 at 4:00 PM (Eastern).

Meet Your Instructor

Gwen Blumberg
Tammy Mulligan
Dana Murphy

Enrollment Options

Live Event Access

$99.00 Purchase Access