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Your step-by-step framework for making your guided reading groups run more SMOOTHLY and EFFECTIVELY than ever before…

Even if

You’ve only got 15-20 minutes a day to spend with each of your groups

You’re drowning in materials & have already tried all the tips and tricks you can find

You’re a total newbie, a guided reading veteran, or anywhere in between

“With Anna’s guided reading resources, my classroom runs like clockwork! This has taken SO much stress of my plate!” ~ Stephanie

Start the clock:

It’s time for your guided reading block…

You’ve got just a handful of minutes to lead your students through the SINGLE most essential skill they’ll learn in school (← but no pressure, right?)…

And it feels like you’re being pulled in a million different directions at once.

While you’re leading your group, you’re fighting off interruptions galore…

Some kids are distracted and unfocused, while others are downright disruptive…

You’re derailed daily by pull-outs, announcements, and fellow teachers who knock on your door with good intentions but seriously bad timing…

Meanwhile, there’s a voice in your head that wonders

What are the other kids supposed to be doing while I’m teaching small groups… and how do I keep them accountable for their work?

“There’s so much to teach… how am I ever going to get through it all without rushing?”

“Am I teaching the right things to the right students?”

“How can I make sure my struggling readers get enough attention… but not so much that my skilled readers get bored?”

“How can I differentiate my teaching without creating even more work for myself?”

“If guided reading groups are the gold standard… why am I still struggling to find my groove?”

Suddenly —


Time’s up! Those 45-60 minutes go by real fast…

You’ve gotta keep moving on with your day — but you’ll be back to try it all again tomorrow.


If your guided reading groups feel like a one-way ticket to
Crazy Town (population: YOU)…

… it’s not just you.

I recently polled my community of 20,000+ elementary school teachers about what they were struggling with when it comes to their guided reading groups, and here’s what they had to say…

“Pull outs and interruptions kill me!”
“Grouping students. I have one kiddo way lower than anyone else.”
“Keeping the other students focused on their independent tasks”
“Fitting in all the areas that my different groups need to focus on”
“Knowing what I should be focusing on during the lesson”

The struggle is real… but the challenge that comes up for teachers the most is…

Feeling like there’s NEVER enough time to fit everything in!

When your guided reading groups aren’t working, it can feel like nothing is working.

Without a structured plan for streamlining your small group instruction and knowing exactly how to make the most of the time you’ve got each day…

…You’ll be stuck in the same-old cycle of stress, overwhelm, and wondering whether there’s a better way you could be meeting your students’ needs.


It’s possible to find a rhythm that works for your guided reading groups!

Make no mistake: when you learn how to make guided reading work for you, it will become the single most powerful tool in your teacher’s toolkit for making sure your students are getting the right kind of instruction for their specific reading level.

So if you’re sick of the Sunday night planning blues…

If you’re d-o-n-e with the nagging guilt that you’re not doing enough (UGH), and those weird dreams you’ve been having lately about literacy stations, leveled readers and more…

Let me dial S.O.S. for you — because I’m on a mission to give your guided reading story a happy ending.

What if your guided reading block could become the time you & your students look forward to MOST?

Picture this:

You’re able to give each student — whether they’re struggling or thriving — the time and instruction they need to make MEANINGFUL progress with their reading skills

Your groups are engaged, and your independent learners are consistently on-task at each of their stations (Interruptions? A thing of the past!)

And, my favorite part of all…

You’re NOT constantly worried about how you’re going to fit it all in — because you’ve got a system and PLAN for making sure you cover the essentials your students need to progress (even if they’re on wildly different reading levels)

It might feel impossible, but I’ve been exactly where you are…

When I first started my guided reading groups, I was a HOT MESS EXPRESS

If we haven’t met before, I’m Anna DiGilio: 23-year teaching veteran and the founder of Simply Skilled Teaching.

I spent countless hours trying to create a reliable system for ensuring that my guided reading groups were rigorous, inspiring and streamlined…

(No small task when you’ve only got 15 to 20 minutes for each group to make magic happen.)

Even though I knew how important Guided Reading was to ensure my students’ success, I was confused and overwhelmed and I tried everything…

But I didn’t know how to make them WORK for me.

I’d spend hours in the evenings and over the weekend looking for materials and activities on Pinterest, trying to Google my way out of a problem I didn’t know how to solve…

… Only to find myself drowning under a pile of materials that I didn’t know how to organize into a system that made sense.

There were so many days where I was so overwhelmed and so stuck that I would question myself, whether I had what it takes, or if my circumstances were just too unworkable.

But, just like you… I kept going.

It took YEARS of trial and error to discover that there was nothing wrong with me, and I didn’t need a time machine to fit everything in…

What I needed was a SYSTEM for running my guided reading groups…

One that would allow me to focus on the essentials, eliminate the fluff, and target the skills my students need to become confident, thriving readers.

When I focused on streamlining my instruction and building a routine that simplified my reading blocks, EVERYTHING changed.


I was able to give my full focus to my small group, instead of constantly trying to monitor whether my other students were goofing off or staring into space…

I no longer had to worry about whether I was meeting all of my students’ needs, checking the right curriculum boxes, or differentiating as well as I could be, because …

My students were consistently leaving my classroom at the end of the year at or ABOVE their reading benchmarks… and I wasn’t running myself ragged to make it happen.

 And today, for the very first time, I’m excited to share that system with you.

It’s time to transform your reading blocks and stop racing against the clock with:


The ultimate online, self-paced professional development workshop for busy teachers who want to ensure their guided reading groups are rigorous, engaging and effective — without scrambling to fit everything in.

In as little as 7 days, You’ll learn how to:

Take all of the materials, plans and resources you’ve got and turn them into a streamlined SYSTEM for running your guided reading groups with ease — from literacy stations to independent work and everything in between.

Begin your guided reading blocks each day with total confidence and calm — because you know exactly how to keep your students on track and making consistent progress.

Differentiate and scaffold your instruction, minus the stress and planning frenzy — and stop worrying that you’ll run over time, have to rush, or not give each student the attention they deserve.

Teachers are talking about Guided Reading Resources…


“You are the glue holding my classroom together! I am a HUGE supporter of guided reading and find this time to be the best spent time in the entire day. I can’t say that I ever feel that I do a great job- even after 18 years, but I try hard.

I’ve needed to take 5 weeks off for surgery and it is stressful — but with Anna’s resources, I’m resting so much more easily! My guided reading is laid out so perfectly with lesson plans, books, activities, and extensions without me really having to do much work except printing it out!

It is running like clockwork because the kids know how we run our groups with your materials. You really have NO idea the amount of stress you have taken off my plate. I can not say enough how wonderful I think your products are and how much I truly appreciate the time that goes into creating them. So I just wanted to spend a few minutes letting you know that YOU make a huge difference in others’ lives and YOU need to celebrated for being AMAZING!”

Guided Reading That Works will help you start transforming your classroom in the next 5 days or less…

This online professional development workshop is made up of 5 zero-fluff video training modules and bite-sized tutorials to get you up and running fast.

You’ll work through the content from the comfort of your own home — from any internet-connected computer, tablet or phone — at a pace and time that works for you.

(Just bring your pajama pants & your favorite drink, and settle into a cozy spot with your laptop.)


Each module and exercise inside the workshop will guide you through a system that I’ve personally developed, tested and refined over more than two decades, giving you the essential strategies and know-how you need to start rocking your guided reading groups this week.


Guided Reading That Works is the ONLY place where you’ll get access to…

Your Step-By-Step P.L.O.T. Framework
for Flawless Guided Reading Groups

Here’s exactly how it breaks down inside Guided Reading That Works:

Module 1: Building Your Balanced Literacy Classroom

In this module, we talk about how to implement a balanced literacy approach in your classroom — by simply tweaking what you’re already doing — to make your reading block more effective and much less hectic!

You’ll learn what a balanced literacy framework looks like in action, and how it can transform your classroom to provide a new level of flexibility for you and your students, while also encouraging independence and self-learning.

For those new to guided reading, this module will demystify guided reading and how to bring all its components together into a smooth system that works.

For those familiar with or already using a guided reading approach, you are going to love the introduction to the PLOT Framework for more effective guided reading instruction.

By the end of this module, you will have a structured, step-by-step approach gameplan to develop a more streamlined, consistent and strategic plan for guided reading — one that meets the needs of each of your students during guided reading (instead of struggling to differentiate and keep everyone on track, or feeling like you never have enough time to fit everything in!)

Module 2: How to Pre-Assess Your Way to Reading Success

Finding each student’s starting point and conducting ongoing assessments are key to a successful guided reading approach, and that’s what this module is all about!

You’ll learn the four main types of reading assessments, along with when and how to use each one to inform your instruction, make confident decisions on leveling, monitor progress and address individual learning needs.

We’ll also explore how to use more informal reading assessments to monitor your students’ reading level, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary throughout the year.

Each lesson is packed full of essentials and in-depth information, giving you everything you need to choose the right assessment, for the right student, at the right time.

Assessments don’t need to be overwhelming or time-consuming, and by the end of this module you will be able to use assessments to plan your instruction more effectively and make the most of the time you have.

Module 3: The Low-Down on Leveling Your Groups… The Right Way!

In order for guided reading to work, it’s essential to appropriately group your students by their instructional reading level.

In this module, we’ll cover the how and why for grouping your students. This is the foundational structure that allows you to provide the differentiated, small group instruction that will keep your students moving forward toward their literacy goals.

I’ll also introduce you to Strategy Groups, an alternative to a conventional guided reading group that gives you with a way to provide differentiated small group instruction to students of varying ability levels who are struggling with the same skill or strategy. This will allow you to pinpoint students’ trouble spots and give them the strategies and skills they need to move ahead.

Plus, I’ll show you the approach I personally use to group my students by level. This is an in-depth, “nuts and bolts” look at the methods and criteria I have used to successfully create guided reading groups within my own classroom, and how you can apply the same strategies to make sure your students are getting the support they need.

Module 4: Organizing and Optimizing Your Time For a Seriously Smooth Guided Reading Block

Effective guided reading groups require an organized approach. If you feel like you’re drowning in activities, worksheets and materials, this module will deliver a serious dose of sanity to your classroom!

In module 4, I share the most effective strategies for organizing the materials near your teacher table and around the classroom, ensuring that everything you need is always within arm’s reach (this is key to optimizing your time!)

We’ll also answer the most common question I receive about guided reading: “What are the other kids doing, and how do I keep them on track?” I’ll explain the concept of literacy stations and show you how these stations can keep the other students in your class actively engaged in authentic, rigorous learning. I’ll also talk about how my literacy block runs and how to create your own streamlined process for literacy stations.

Here’s a taste of what else we’ll cover in this module:

  • How to implement literacy stations, the different types of literacy stations and activities you can provide, and a step by step approach to setting up literacy stations in your classroom
  • Practical, creative ways to calm the chaos and ensure an engaging and peaceful learning environment for your students (some of these will surprise you!)
  • A workable plan for implementing guided reading rotations, and the steps to consider when planning out your rotations
  • How to streamline your rotations to ensure that you can actually fit everything in with the time you have available
  • Effective ways to hold your students accountable for the practice activities they perform during your literacy rotations,
  • Strategies for quickly and efficiently reviewing student work

This module is a big one and it is jam packed with insights to make your guided reading more effective, engaging and organized than ever before.

Module 5: Tackle, Tend, and Teach: The Nitty-Gritty of What To Teach, When and How

Module 5 will give you total clarity about the types of reading groups that you will have in your classroom, and exactly what to work on with each of them.

I am going to give you a detailed lesson plan for each your leveled reading groups. We’re going to talk about how to…

  • Engage your emerging readers (levels A-C)
  • Build better comprehension with your early readers (levels D-G)
  • Bridge the gap towards fluency with your transitional readers (levels H-L)
  • Challenge your fluent readers (levels M-Z)

 Then, for each group, I’ll show you how to tackle the task at hand by planning an effective, engaging lesson that accomplishes your instructional goals and meets the needs of the students in your group.

You’ll also learn how to tend to the individual learning needs of your students, by using the information you gain from monitoring and assessment to differentiate your instruction and inform your teaching.

And finally, I’ll show you the step-by-step process you can use to teach each level group with urgency and consistency, which creates sanity in your classroom and meaningful progress for your students!

Plus, these fresh bonuses are already loaded up and waiting for you inside your members-only dashboard…

Phonological Awareness Assessment Value $10

Sight Word Assessments
Value $15

Word Knowledge Inventory
Value $6

Reading is Thinking Board
Value $15

Word Walls – 2 Styles
Value $15

Literacy Rotations Board
Value $10

Altogether, that’s over $345 value…

But when you join us during this limited-time period, you’ll be first in line for the lowest price this workshop will ever be:

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Guided Reading That Works has been over
20 years in the making…

When you spend just a few hours working through the modules inside the program, you’ll be getting the benefit of:

My 23 years of personal experience with translating theory into practice as an elementary school teacher, curriculum developer, and adjunct university professor

The struggles, stories and feedback I’ve heard from over 20,000 teachers like you who have purchased my guided reading programs and resources — which have helped tweak, test and refine the guided reading framework available to you today

Being able to bypass years of trial and error with a classroom-tested system for guided reading that works — without feeling like you’re cutting corners in your instruction or skimping on rigor

I want to give you the shortcuts, strategies and “why the bleep did nobody tell me this!?” advice I wish I’d had access to when I was figuring out how to make guided reading work for me.

And if you’ve already got a library-sized collection of materials, books and resources gathering dust in your guided reading graveyard…

… then let me be the first to say that Guided Reading That Works is about to change EVERYTHING for you.

This isn’t your average “professional development” training (yawn…)


I’m going to show you how to take the materials you already have to plan out streamlined guided reading groups in LESS time… and make them work effectively for your and your students…

We’ve replaced the boring theory with the “need to know” essentials and behind-the-scenes advice that will make your days less stressful and your teaching more impactful…

We’ve swapped out the “sounds nice, but that advice won’t work for me” ideas with battle-tested strategies and practical how-to’s that work in even the most difficult settings…

And if you’ve ever sat through a boring, dry, repetitive professional development workshop that was a waste of time and money….

Rest assured that EVERYTHING you’ll find inside Guided Reading That Works has been meticulously structured to give you the step-by-step information you need to succeed.

I created this program to help you save hours of planning and years of stress, with actionable information and strategies you won’t find anywhere else.

That’s my promise to you, and it’s one that I stand by with our satisfaction guarantee:

Make your guided reading groups more effective and streamlined — guaranteed — or your money back

When you enroll in Guided Reading That Works, you’re fully protected by our 3 Day “Guided Reading That Works” Guarantee.

You’ve got a full 3 days to work through the modules and begin putting them to the test in your classroom.

If you don’t feel Guided Reading That Works gives you the insights and actionable strategies you need to transform your reading block, streamline your instruction, and help your students achieve reading mastery…

Then all you need to is contact us here within 3 days of your purchase, and you will receive a hassle-free refund in full.

(Please note that if you’ve downloaded any of our bonuses or PDFs, refunds cannot be granted, due to the instant and irrevocable access you’ll receive once they’re delivered.)

Guided Reading That Works is the definitive guide to building a balanced, literacy-rich classroom full of engaged and confident readers — or your money back.

Choose Guided Reading That Works when…

You’re just getting started with guided reading and have no idea where to begin

You’ve implemented guided reading in your classroom, but you can’t seem to settle into a rhythm that really works for you and your students

You’ve tried guided reading before, but you struggled with feeling out of control of your groups and tend rely on whole group instruction to get things done

You’re in a decent groove with your small groups, but you’re always on the lookout for ways to spice up your instruction and be more even more effective, organized and efficient

You’ve got tons of resources and have already learned about Guided Reading, but you still haven’t found a way to bring them all together into a system that makes all the pieces fit together

You’re ready to end this school year or even start the next school year with a class full of students who are happy, engaged, and reading at or above grade level!

When you join during this special limited-time period, here’s everything you’ll get INSTANT access to:

My PLOT Framework for Guided Reading Groups That Work — your new go-to framework for setting up your guided reading groups to be more calm, engaging, effective than ever before

5 “make it work” professional development video modules, complete with step-by-step instructions and zero-fluff strategies, giving you EVERYTHING you need to breathe new life into your Guided Reading Groups

30 easy-to-digest, action-packed video tutorials covering all 5 learning modules, rich with examples, strategies, how-to’s, and behind the scenes peeks that will help you streamline your guided reading instruction ASAP

The essential info on literacy assessments, planning, materials, printables and more — so you know exactly where to focus your time to get the most out of your reading instruction, without hurrying to fit everything in

Exclusive bonuses and resources to help you tame the chaos and ensure that every student is engaged, on track, and working on exactly what they need to in order to progress toward becoming a confident, capable reader!

We know that every teacher’s schedule and life is different, and that’s why you get FULL access to all of the Guided Reading That Works content as soon you enroll.


You can work your way through the content a little bit at a time, whenever it suits you
Or, you can binge-watch your way through the entire program in an afternoon (just like your favorite Netflix series) and implement what you’ve learned the very next day.

Ready to get the A-Z of Making Guided Reading WORK for you and your students?

Let’s make it happen in 3 easy steps…

Select either the single teacher license or school/district license by clicking the buttons on this page, and follow the prompts to complete your payment via secure checkout.

Within 15 minutes, you’ll receive an email with your login details to your online learning dashboard, filled with actionable video training and step-by-step resources to get you up and running with guided reading, pronto.

Login to your members dashboard, accessible from any phone, tablet or computer, and dive into the welcome video in Module 1 to get started right away — so you can start experiencing the difference in your classroom this week!

Questions teachers are asking about
Guided Reading That Works

My plate is so full already! Are you sure I’ll have time for this?

I totally hear that! That’s why I’ve structured Guided Reading That Works to give you maximum results in minimum time. Every single module and resource inside the program gives you the “need to know” info and strategies needed to make the most of the time you have. With some subtle tweaks and “why did nobody teach me this??!” advice, you’ll be amazed by how much more spacious and streamlined your teaching time feels! This is truly a gift to your students and your future self.

And if life is a little hectic right now, no problem! You can devour the entire program in a couple of sittings, or work through everything in little bites and take as much time as you need. You will have lifetime access to the materials, so you can choose a pace that suits you.

I’m tired of spending a chunk of my paycheck on materials every month. How can I justify this expense?

Guided Reading That Works is about helping you take the mess of information, resources and ideas all around you and CONSOLIDATING them into a system that simply works. As a result, you’ll find that you’ll spend less time looking for “holy grail” resources and activities, because with the right system, you’ll know how to make what you’ve already got work for you. In short: when you choose Guided Reading That Works, your bank account will thank you!

What makes this different from other guided reading resources and professional development trainings?

Guided Reading That Works has been developed to give you information and strategies that actually make a difference. You won’t find any boring theories or ideas that don’t actually work in practice. I’m going to show you the step-by-step nuts and bolts of exactly how to set up a balanced literacy classroom and get your guided reading groups working for you. This program is rich with examples, how-to guides, and behind the scenes info that you won’t find anywhere else.

My class has students with a huge range of reading abilities… will this work for me?

YES! This approach to guided reading has a special focus on helping you confidently group, level and meet the needs of ALL your students. In module 4 and 5 specifically, we dive deep into how to use strategic and temporary groupings to differentiate your teaching effectively, even if you have students with a wildly different range of reading abilities that you’ve struggled to group and address in the past. I am going to show you how to lesson plan easily and effectively using leveled readers you already have in your classroom, and meet the needs of all your students, step by step.

How is this different to your Teachers Pay Teachers materials and Simply Skilled membership?

The Simply Skilled Guided membership and our resources available through Teachers Pay Teachers are a great accompaniment to The Guided ReadingThat Works workshop.

Whereas our Teachers Pay Teachers resources and Simply Skilled membership provide specific activities for teaching guided reading, The Guided Reading That Works workshop is the first of its kind: a learn from anywhere, at your own pace, professional development blueprint for nailing how you plan, organize and run your small reading groups.

Teachers have consistently told us that getting a grip on guided reading instruction felt overwhelming and difficult — and the Guided Reading That Works workshop is here to give you a framework and a method to the madness that causes so many teachers to feel stressed out and majorly stressed during their reading block. This program gives you the step-by-step system you need to create a rigorous, consistent plan of action to get your students reading with confidence.

Does this work with all curriculums, materials and guided reading approaches?

YES! Guided Reading That Works is the perfect companion to any curriculum, and will assist you in following state standards with the rigorous, effective and streamlined approach you’ll learn to teaching guided reading.

What you’ll learn in this workshop is a framework for making guided reading work for you, no matter which curriculum or teaching material you’re already using.

Can I get a trial period? What if I’m not happy with the program?

Your purchase is 100% protected by The Guided Reading That Works Satisfaction Guarantee. This means you’ll be granted a full refund if you watch the video tutorials inside the guided reading modules and decide that the Guided Reading That Works workshop isn’t for you.

Just contact our service department within 3 days of your purchase, and we’ll process your refund, no questions asked.

Please note that if you’ve downloaded any of our bonuses or PDFs, refunds cannot be granted, due to the instant and irrevocable access you’ll receive once they’re delivered.

 Still have questions, concerns, or anything you’re not sure of? Complete this form and we’ll answer your question ASAP.

Your students deserve the best… but so do you

Let be real:

The demands on your time can feel never-ending…

From parents to administration, to assessments and prep and everything else required to get through your day, it’s no wonder why you wake up with a pit in your stomach every now and then.

(Or… perhaps more often than you’d like to admit.)

I get it. Because I’ve been there, and I’ve felt helpless too.

We can’t change the constraints we’re given. But we can change how we work within them.

I want to help you ease the pressure of feeling like you can’t do all the work, do it right, and see results in the way you need to in order for you to feel successful.

  • With the right system, you won’t be second-guessing whether you’re hitting all of your students’ needs… because the results will speak for themselves.
  • With a streamlined approach, you won’t have to juggle so many things at once, sacrifice your free time to the Pinterest and Google Gods, or work yourself mad to fit it all in.
  • With a set of proven strategies for rocking your guided reading groups, your classroom and teacher life can feel easier, lighter and fun.

You’ll find all of this and more inside Guided Reading That Works. It’s everything I’ve learned, applied, tweaked and tested to make my instruction more effective and my days dramatically less stressful.

The only thing left to do is take a risk-free shot and see how much more simple and streamlined your day can be.

Mondays are about to get a whole lot better — I promise.

I can’t wait to see you inside the program.

X’s and O’s
Anna DiGilio
Founder of Simply Skilled Teaching