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Developing Literacy in the Disciplines, grades 4-12

March 21, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Presenter: Katherine McKnight, Ph.D.

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Outcomes and Topics

The Goals of this Professional Development Day Include:

To clarify how the development of literacy skills within the disciplines builds knowledge and content expertise.

To learn about the best practices for developing reading and writing in the disciplines/content areas.

To explore brain-based research and how it impacts teaching and learning.

To discover strategies that help students to focus on academic tasks.

To provide methods to maximize instruction, cover more content to build background knowledge and develop literacy skills.

To offer instructional ideas and approaches to successfully integrate literacy skill development and discipline/content knowledge.

Sample Agenda (Start and end time to be determined by host.)

8:00-8:15 Introduction and Welcome

8:15-9:15 The Teenage Brain and Its Impact on Instruction and Learning

9:15-10:00 Break

10:15-11:45 Adolescent Reading Comprehension

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:30 Review Best Practices for Teaching Vocabulary in the Disciplines/Content Areas

1:30-1:45 Afternoon Break

1:45-3:15 Using Centers and Rotations to Merge Literacy Skills with Content Study

3:15-3:30 Questions, Next Steps


March 21, 2021
8:30 am - 3:30 pm


Chris Hallett, NMEC Executive Director
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