Keys to Adolescent Literacy

Professional Development Offering

This half- to 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 and why some students struggle, as well as best practices for teaching content reading and writing skills. 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:

  • Literacy Basics
    • What are the components of reading and writing instruction?
    • How does the brain learn to read and what are the implications for grades 5-12 students?
  • Content Literacy Defined
    • What are the literacy skills that need to be taught by teachers of all subjects?
    • What is meant by disciplinary literacy?
  • Older Students Who Struggle with Literacy
    • Why do some students have difficulty reading and writing?
    • What is a multi-tiered system of support?
    • What should be the focus for intervention instruction?
  • A Literacy Assessment Model for Grades 5-12
    • How is 5-12 literacy assessment different from K-4?
    • Types of assessment: screening, diagnostic, progress monitoring, summative
  • Evidence-based practices for teaching content literacy
    • What does the research say about effective instruction for comprehension, vocabulary and writing?
    • How can this instruction be embedded in content instruction using existing reading material?

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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.

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