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Research Based Comprehension Strategies You can use

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Description

This fall will mark the 8th year schools around the country will be working on curriculum and instruction meant to help all students meet the Common Core State Standards. The goal of this two day Workshop is to provide educators with insight and practice with several well researched comprehension strategies that can used to meet CCSS in the content areas for students in Grades 3 to 8.

A sampling of strategies that will be taught and practiced in the Workshop include: Collaborative Strategic Reading (Klingner & Vaughn, 1998), Reciprocal Teaching (Palincsar & Brown, 1984), Question-Answer Relationships (Raphael, 1986). Additional sessions will cover other well-documented intervention as well as provide practice using strategies for conducting “close readings” of informational texts (Cummins, 2012).

This two day Workshop will be divided into five active sessions involving several comprehension strategies that can be used and modified for use in teaching content area subjects. Concurrent sessions will be run so that participants can rotate among each session across the two days and thus leave with at least five different strategies that can be used in curricular units. The Workshop will begin with a brief overview of established and current findings and trends in comprehension research and will conclude with participant reflection and evaluation of their activities and work on their practice.

NOTE: Participants will be asked to bring a text(s) from their classroom for planning purposes within each session.

Target Audience and Demand for the Workshop

Audience: This two day Workshop will provide teachers and practitioners with insight and practice with several research based strategies geared toward meeting CCSS, particularly in the content areas. Specifically, the target audience includes general education classroom teachers, special education teachers, content area teachers, academic intervention specialists, coaches, and other educational professionals who provide instruction to students or training to teachers in comprehension of content area related materials in the elementary grades and in middle school. The Workshop is also be appropriate for teachers of high school students who are reading below grade level and adults who are participating in literacy programs or preparation programs to sit for the TASC.

Demand: The Common Core State Standards describe the performance indicators our students should demonstrate to be college and career ready at the completion of their K-12 schooling. However, the Standards don’t detail HOW teachers should implement the Standards in their classrooms. As a result, many teachers and schools are weaving their way through a plethora of commercially published and online materials to find a “good fit” for themselves and their students. This Workshop hopes to resolve that problem by presenting several well researched comprehension strategies that can be adapted to fit the needs of students as well as the content being taught. Practitioners will leave this Workshop with classroom ready tools that can be implemented immediately.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this Workshop, participants will:

  • Be knowledgeable about the findings of current research on comprehension and comprehension instruction
  • Gain a working understanding of strategies meant to be used for comprehension of informational text
  • Create a series of comprehension lessons that will be suitable for use in their classrooms as a means of meeting CCSS
  • Have a more informed stance on differentiating instruction, particularly for those who struggle.

Evidence of Audience Participation

Each session of the Workshop provides for the formation of small work groups that will be guided and supervised by a course instructor. Results of each group’s classroom application discussion and work will be given feedback by that instructor. Finally, participants will be required to submit a written self-reflection at the conclusion of the Workshop that will detail how the activities informed their own classroom practice.

Requirements and Assessment Methods

Attendance to all sessions of the two day Workshop (attendance records for each session will be collected)

  • Participation in each session
  • Completion of self-assessment and session evaluation forms at the conclusion of the Workshop

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact OASID at oasid@tc.edu, (212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 TTY, (212) 678-3854 video phone, as early as possible to request reasonable accommodations, such as ASL interpreters, alternate format materials, and a campus map of accessible features.

Who should attend

This two-day Workshop will provide teachers and practitioners with insight and practice with several research based strategies geared toward meeting CCSS, particularly in the content areas. Specifically, the target audience includes general education classroom teachers, special education teachers, content area teachers, academic intervention specialists, coaches, and other educational professionals who provide instruction to students or training to teachers in comprehension of content area related materials in the elementary grades and in middle school. The Workshop is also be appropriate for teachers of high school students who are reading below grade level and adults who are participating in literacy programs or preparation programs to sit for the TASC.

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