Workshop Model of Instruction

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Workshop Pedagogy

  • Vista employs the workshop model of instruction as a primary pedagogy in its classrooms to differentiate teaching and learning to support students to grow and meet their own academic goals.

Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop

  • Vista literacy teachers facilitate Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop using Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study out of Teachers College at Columbia University.

The Mini Lesson

  • Through careful modeling of a teaching point, the mini lesson provides exposure to a new skill or strategy that students can use to build their knowledge within the unit.


  • After the mini lesson, the teacher will meet and confer with students individually or in small groups to assess and provide targeted individualized instruction.