Keys to Adolescent Literacy

Professional Development Offering

This one-day training offers an overview of adolescent literacy instruction for students in grades 5-12 in all subject areas. It builds the background knowledge of middle and high school teachers about how students learn to read, best practices for teaching content reading and writing skills, and why some older students have difficulty.  This professional development session can serve as a pre-cursor to more in-depth teacher training for The Key Comprehension Routine, The Key Vocabulary Routine, or Keys to Content Writing.

The training covers these topics:

Reading & Writing Basics for Grades 5-12

  • What is adolescent literacy?
  • What does the research say?
  • Development of reading and writing

Content Literacy for All Students

  • What is content literacy?
  • Suggestions for teaching academic vocabulary
  • Suggestions for teaching comprehension strategies
  • Overview of content writing
  • What is disciplinary literacy?
  • Motivation and engagement

Overview of Support and Interventions for Students Having Difficulty

  • Causes of difficulty in older students
  • Dyslexia, executive functions, English as a second language
  • How word study, vocabulary, comprehension and writing are affected

Professional development for this course is available as live training onsite at schools, or virtual-live format using Zoom.

Who Should Attend?

Educators and administrators who are interested in learning more about literacy instruction in grades 5-12.

Please note, there is some repeated content in this training and our Adolescent Literacy Intervention day. Educators and schools should read each course description to determine which training would be most appropriate for their professional development needs.

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We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and the impact on our employees and the schools where we provide professional development.

During this time period when onsite, face-to-face training and coaching is not possible, we offer multiple options for accessing our literacy PD content and instructional practices.

If you are a current or new partner, explore our website or contact us to learn more about: