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Educator Series

Developing Foundational Literacy Skills

The focus of this four (4) session-series will be to explore how educators can create rich literacy development experiences through specific research-based instructional practices. The modules in this series will focus on the specific instructional practices and strategies to develop upper elementary students’ literacy skills in the following areas: The Neurobiology of Reading; Word Study and Fluency; Vocabulary Development; and Comprehension Development.

Session I: The Neurobiology of Reading

Reading is a complex cognitive process that involves a network of connections throughout the entire brain. Understanding the neurobiology behind the cognitive skills required for students to read well will aid educators to better identify, target instruction, and provide interventions for emerging and struggling readers. 

Session II: Word Study and Fluency

These topics will be addressed together since this is the area to promote automaticity and pace, two of the major goals of fluency. In addition, these skills are together in the Common Core and State Standards, which promotes consistency. Word study in fourth and fifth grade is less intense than in the earlier grades and strategies to build fluency are easy to learn and carry out. For these reasons, combining them is a good match.

Session III: Vocabulary Development

Vocabulary development has so many skills and strategies to be taught and how to organize them into the school day needs a module unto itself. It is most important to struggling readers and ELL’s that it needs a module unto itself.

Session IV: Comprehension Development

Comprehension development has so many skills and strategies to learn for content area reading, fiction, nonfiction, etc. it needs its own module and could not be dealt with if it was merged with vocabulary. combining them is a good match.

Educator Series | Virtual Schedule

April Virtual Sessions

SESSION I: Wednesday, April 10th, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

SESSION II: Wednesday, April 17th, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

SESSION III: Wednesday, April 24th, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

SESSION IV: Wednesday, May 1st, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

May Virtual Sessions

SESSION I: Tuesday, May 7th, 4:30 - 5:30 pm

SESSION II: Tuesday, May 14th, 4:30 - 5:30 pm

SESSION III: Tuesday, May 21st, 4:30 - 5:30 pm

SESSION IV: Tuesday, May 28th, 4:30 - 5:30 pm

June Virtual Sessions

SESSION I: Thursday, June 6th, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

SESSION II: Thursday, June 13th, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

SESSION III: Thursday, June 20th, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

SESION IV: Thursday, June 27th, 4:00 -5:00 pm

July Virtual Sessions - Summer Intensive

SESSION I & II: Tuesday, July 9th, 9:00 - 11:15 am

SESSION II & IV: Tuesday, July 16th, 9:00 - 11:15 am

SESSION I & II: Thursday, July 11th, 9:00 - 11:15 am

SESSION III & IV: Thursday, July 18th, 9:00 - 11:15 am

SESSION I & II: Wednesday, July 24th, 12:00 - 2:15 pm

SESSION III & IV: Wednesday, July 31st, 12:00 - 2:15 pm

Educator Series | In Person
Thursday, March 14th, 9:00 - 3:00 pm
Rutgers College Ave. Student Center
Sessions I, II, II, & IV

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