Join us in this interactive seminar where you will learn a variety of instructional strategies to support and increase your students’ literacy levels. Janet will examine the research details that get in the way of reading and writing for your students as well as demonstrate instruction that overcomes those roadblocks. While she will use a wide variety of text types for the demonstrations, the focus will be weighted toward teaching students tools for reading and writing nonfiction.
The two days will include materials and model lessons in the four areas where students often face challenges:
· Content/specialized vocabulary
· Reading and gathering information from nonfiction texts
· Writing to demonstrate learning
· Motivation and critical thinking
During both days, we will explore multiple approaches for engaging even the most reluctant learners. When you return to your school, you will have a large repertoire of practical tools to add to those successful strategies you are already using. These tools can be shared with your colleagues at all grade levels and content areas and can be adapted to meet the needs of students. Join us for conversations especially about the application of strategies that really make a difference in students’ learning.School-wide Literacy Improvement – Classroom by Classroom!
About Dr. Janet AllenJanet Allen is an international consultant recognized for her literacy work with at-risk students. She is the author of many professional books: More Tools for Teaching Content Literacy; Tools for Teaching Content Literacy; On the Same Page: Shared Reading Beyond the Primary Grades; Yellow Brick Roads: Shared and Guided Paths to Independent Reading; and, Words, Words, Words: Teaching Vocabulary in Grades 4-12 (Stenhouse Publishers); It’s Never Too Late: Leading Adolescents to Lifelong Literacy (Heinemann); and co-author of There’s Room for Me Here: Literacy Workshop in the Middle School (Stenhouse); The Scholastic Read-Aloud Anthology (Scholastic); and, Reading History (Oxford University Press). She is the editor of the collection, Using Literature to Help Troubled Teenagers Cope with End-of-Life Issues (Greenwood). Janet’s first picture book, Best Little Wingman, has been published by Boyds Mills Press. She has also written numerous professional articles and chapters in texts related to young adult literature, teaching reading and writing, and vocabulary instruction. Her upcoming book is entitled Testing 1, 2, 3. . . Bridging Best Practice and High Stakes Testing.
In addition to her professional writing, Janet has created an audio-assisted literacy workshop published by Recorded Books: Plugged-in to Reading, Levels for grades 5-12 and Plugged-in to Nonfiction, for grades 4-12. She is also a senior program consultant for McDougal Littell’s LITERATURE, 6-12.
Janet taught high school reading and English in northern Maine from 1972 until 1992 when she relocated to Florida to teach English and reading education courses at the University of Central Florida. During her tenure at UCF, she directed the Central Florida Writing Project and assisted in the creation of the Orange County Literacy Project. Dr. Allen has received several teaching awards including the Milken Foundation’s National Educator Award.
She is currently spending her time researching, writing, speaking, and conducting literacy workshops, seminars and content literacy institutes across the country. Keynotes from her four-day literacy institutes have been recorded in a collection entitled Re-Imagining Reading (Stenhouse Publishers).