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:

Reading & Writing Basics for Grades 5-12

  • What is adolescent literacy?
  • What does the research say?
  • Development of reading and writing
  • How the brain learns to read

Content Literacy for All Students

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

Older Struggling Students

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

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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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