The Success For Secondary Readers Virtual Summit is a free event for teachers, leaders, and partner organizations focused on growing our collective understanding of how best to support secondary students (grades 6-12) in strengthening their reading skills and their ability to successfully engage with complex text.
February 10th, 2023
We are offering a variety of 45-minute sessions led by experts and practitioners from across the country. We encourage you to select those most relevant to your work.
Acceleration and Targeted Supports in the Secondary ELA Classroom
Presenter: Amy Baker-Sheridan, Secondary English/Language Arts and Literacy Education Associate at Delaware Department of Education
Session Overview: Participants will learn of the partnership between the Delaware Department of Education and SchoolKit to bring a learning series for teachers and education support personnel focused on providing targeted supports (Tier 2) for diverse student learners as well as acceleration strategies in core ELA instruction. Beginning with a shared vision of equitable instruction in the secondary ELA classroom, learners investigated the critical role of knowledge, vocabulary, and fluency and how to identify those students that need targeted support using formative data. Learners would then apply the appropriate supports within the context of their tier 1, high quality ELA curriculum.
Science of Reading and Middle School: The Other End of Scarborough’s Rope
Presenter: Teddy Redding, ELA 6-8 Director Content & Assessment, and Deb Sabin, VP ELA Content 6-12, at Amplify
Session Overview: Join Amplify VP of ELA 6-12 Deb Sabin and Director of ELA Curriculum & Assessment 6-8 Teddy Redding for a discussion of how the elements of Scarborough’s Rope—the fundamentals that come together to create fluent reading—remain critical for supporting middle grade readers.
Teachers can strategically strengthen these elements and allow students to engage with higher-level subject area content—if they know what to look for. Learn how students draw on the elements of Scarborough’s Rope as they work with grade-level content, and how to target and support specific threads.
Planning and Reflecting with Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
Presenters: Jamie Schnablegger, Katie Keown, and Jacquay Durant at Student Achievement Partners
Session Overview: There is much conversation around integrating the tenets of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy into standards-aligned instructional materials. But what does this look like for our older students? Join Student Achievement Partners and two educator experts in conversation around planning and reflecting with culturally relevant pedagogy to hear real examples of educators who are adapting their standards-aligned materials to ensure that their middle and high school students can successfully engage with relevant, grade-level content.
Leveraging High Quality Curricular Tools to Build Strong Literacy Habits and Routine
Presenter: Hillary Arrendell, Director of Literacy Programs at Odell Education
Session Overview: In this session, members from the Odell Education team will share an overview of the Odell Education High School Literacy program (HSLP) and show how the Odell literacy tools support the development of student reading and writing.
Teaching Students to Read – After 3rd Grade
Presenter: Rebecca Kockler, Program Director at Reading Reimagined, and Dr. Brandy Nelson, Academic Director at Reading Reimagined
Session Overview: This session will focus on why decoding and reading comprehension are a huge problem for students in late elementary, middle school and high school (post-3rd grade). Rebecca Kockler and Dr. Brandy Nelson of Reading Reimagined will share what we know from the literature and research base, why this matters, and offer recommendations based on what we know now.
Designing Sustainable High School Reading Intervention: Tensions and Principles for Assessment, Instruction, and Evaluation
Presenter: Dr. Dan Reynolds
Session Overview: High school struggling readers bring constellations of knowledge, skills, and dispositions to academic reading tasks. This session explores the existing research on high school reading interventions and dives into a design-based experiment conducted with a district transforming its approach to intervention, with an extra focus on working with speakers of African American English.
Instructional Strategy Initiatives to Support Secondary Literacy Improvements
Presenter: Christy Wall, Assistant Commissioner of Instructional Strategy at The Tennessee Department of Education
Session Overview:We’ll explore current work through our division of the state department on Reading 360 Initiative and it’s strategy elements that are improving literacy teaching practices and learning outcomes of students. This multi-layered strategic state-wide approach to shifting educational mindsets and practices will illustrate work from the state department of education for our school districts/systems, leaders, and teachers.
Curriculum and Literacy Best Practices in Secondary ELA
Presenter: Natalie Klibert, MS/HS Literacy Professional Development Specialist at the Louisiana Department of Education
Session Overview: This session will illustrate the evolution of ELA Guidebooks, as well as provide details about the addition of secondary literacy supports to enhance the curriculum and literacy instruction across all content areas.
Improving Reading for Older Students
Presenter: Carey Swanson and Katie Keown at Student Achievement Partners
Session Overview: Many older students come to our classrooms with gaps in their foundational reading knowledge, yet many secondary teachers are not trained in this content area. This session will introduce Improving Reading for Older Students, a self-paced course designed for teachers who are looking to understand how reading works. We will share an overview of the content and some concrete tools and resources that teachers of older students can use in their instruction to support students who have not yet been properly taught how to read.
Building a Coherent Secondary Literacy Model
Presenter: Dr. Ethan Mitnick, President at SchoolKit
Session Overview: This session, intended for state and district leaders as well as school leaders, will provide guidance on how to create a model for secondary literacy that helps ensure access to at-grade-level content for all students. Together we will explore the components of the model, which include the right educator mindsets, high-quality instructional materials, intensive training and support for teachers and leaders, and an effective assessment and intervention strategy.
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