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Active Participation DVD Series Elementary Level

No matter how well you've crafted your lessons or how top-notch your adopted curriculum might be, you must still engage your students if they are to adequately assimilate your lesson content.

With Dr. Anita Archer's Active Participation DVDs, you will learn how to engage all students in your classroom, from star performers to struggling students. Students who actively participate in lessons improve both behavior and academic performance.

Learn specific instructional procedures and routines to:

  • Increase engagement
  • Increase on-task behavior
  • Increase accountability
  • Promote desired behaviors
  • Reduce inappropriate behaviors
  • Keep the class briskly moving along

Active Participation DVDs can be used both to introduce teaching staff to active engagement strategies and to serve periodically as a systematic review of engagement strategies for staff who are familiar with the concepts, but need a quick refresher.

Show the DVD on a large screen for whole-staff inservice or on a single computer for individual or small-group study sessions. Dr. Archer's presentations are equally as effective!

Please note that this DVD set is for elementary grades K-5. There is another version that is tailored to secondary-level instruction.


Ten Inservice Sessions

Title Run Time
Overview of the Active Participation Inservice: Introduction by Dr. Anita Archer 5:49
Session 1: Introduction to Active Participation 38:52
Session 2: Teaching Active Participation to Students 30:59
Session 3: Structured Choral Responses 25:02
Session 4: Partner Responses Part 1 36:40
Session 5: Partner Responses Part 2 19:45
Session 6: Individual Responses 27:21
Session 7: Putting It Together
(Choral, Partner, and Individual Responses
Session 8: Written and Action Responses 35:29
Session 9: Passage Reading 37:54
Session 10: Summing It All Up 28:38


For Grades:
Publication Date:
  4 DVDs (10 sessions: 312 minute total), 1 CD with 17 pp. Facilitator's Guide
Product ID:
  Anita Archer
Price: $450.00

Anita Archer, Ph.D.

Dr. Anita Archer


Anita L. Archer is an educational consultant to school districts on explicit instruction, the design and delivery of instruction, behavior management, and literacy instruction.

Over the course of her 40-year career, Dr. Archer has taught elementary and middle school students and has served on the faculties of San Diego State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon. She is nationally recognized for her professional development activities, having presented workshops and seminars in every state.

Dr. Archer is coauthor, with Dr. Mary Gleason, of numerous curriculum materials addressing reading, writing, and study skills. She is the recipient of ten awards honoring her excellence in teaching and her contributions to the field of education.

Dr. Archer will present a free webinar, Making It Stick: Planning for Retention, on Friday, October 9, at 1 pm PT (2 pm MT, 3pm CT, 4 pm ET). Register here.


Anita’s Active Participation strategies are engaging, powerful, and easy to implement. Teachers report improvements in academic performance and improved student behavior.

—Ann Watanabe and Karen Akiyama-Paik,
Teach Well,

I have seen firsthand the positive impact of Anita's Active Participation. The changes that teachers make in their delivery of instruction not only benefit the students, but empower teachers to be even more effective and amazing educators. I believe her strategies have the power to change the way teachers teach and students learn.

—Kira Bonn,
Coach for NYS Striving Readers Project,
New York City Schools