Professional Development Center

Teaching Reading: Building on the Five Pillars of Reading Instruction - Cancelled

CONFERENCE: Teaching Reading: Building on the Five Pillars of Reading Instruction - Cancelled

Friday, January 11, 2013
USM Gorham Campus

$155.00 (includes lunch and 0.5 CEU)

Sponsored by Professional Development Center & Literacy, Language and Culture Department, USM School of Education and the Maine Department of Education

CLICK HERE to download a registration flyer (pdf) or contact 207-780-5054 to register.


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.

Grade Levels

  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-12

Focus Areas

  • Text Complexity (K-5 and 6-12)
  • Phonemic Awareness and Phonics
  • Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension
  • Motivation to Read
  • Selecting Trade Books and Materials
  • Multiliteracies and Digital Literacies

Workshop Program

8:30-8:45 Check-in and Coffee
  301 Bailey Hall
  Gorham Campus
8:45-9:00 Welcoming Remarks
  Dr. Andrea Stairs
  USM Literacy Education Program
9:00-11:00 Concurrent Sessions I
  Workshop A: Grades K-2
  Mary Lou Shuster
  Literacy Specialist
  RSU 6, Buxton Center Elementary School
  Workshop B: Grades 3-5
  Susan Dee
  Fifth-Grade Teacher
  Biddeford Intermediate School
  Workshop C: Grades 6-12
  Dr. Alexander Lapidus
  Assistant Professor
  USM Literacy Education Program
11:00-11:45 Lunch (provided)
 11:45-1:45 Concurrent Sessions II
  Text Complexity: Grades K-5
  Lee Anne Larsen
  Literacy Specialist
  Maine Department of Education
  Text Complexity: Grades 6-12
  Patsy Dunton
  English Language Arts Specialist
  Maine Department of Education
 1:45-2:00 Closing Remarks