Professional Development Center

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USM's Annual Conference on Teaching Reading: Building on the Five Pillars of Reading Instruction

Friday, January 18, 2013
8:30am-2:00pm

The University of Southern Maine’s Literacy, Language, and Culture Department and Professional Development Center invite you to their 13th Annual Conference on Teaching Reading (formally known as Working with Struggling Readers). This one-day workshop provides grade-level insights and strategies for helping all students improve their reading skills, demonstrate proficiency in the Common Core State Standards, and increase their motivation to read. The sessions will be conducted by expert literacy teachers, literacy specialists, and USM faculty who have a successful track record of working with striving readers in K-12 classrooms, including students who are learning English as an additional language and those who have special needs. Session presenters and workshop attendees will share their accomplishments and challenges in meeting the needs of all readers and assisting them in their literacy development. This year’s theme, “Building on the Five Pillars of Reading Instruction,” will allow participants to learn more about the National Reading Panel’s (2000) five essentials of teaching reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) as well as more recent research-based developments in the field of reading instruction.

Program and registration information will be available in October.

Sponsored by Professional Development Center & Literacy, Language and Culture Department, USM School or Education