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Creating a Classroom of Reading Detectives: Teaching Nonfiction Comprehension in grades 3-8

The alarming reading comprehension problem in the U.S. is revealed by the poor results of our 4th and 8th graders on state and national reading tests. While there have been major breakthroughs in research on the most effective ways to teach nonfiction comprehension, many upper elementary and middle school teachers do not have the training or resources to implement them. These middle years, from grades 3-8, are a critical time for students to develop the strong comprehension skills students need to read and understand new information.

Early reading issues become more problematic as students are expected to learn increasingly challenging content material. While some older students still struggle with decoding, many more have difficulty constructing deep meaning from text.

This interactive session focuses on specific and practical methods that teachers can use in their classrooms to nurture nonfiction reading skills for students in middle grades.

Your presenter, Harriet Isecke, is the founder, creator, and CEO of Readorium. She is an award-winning author and educational consultant who has been recognized as a distinguished educator and has been listed four times in Who’s Who Among American Educators. Harriet has been involved in the field of public education for over 38 years as a teacher, curriculum director, educational consultant and grant writer. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Michigan and then two Master’s degrees: the first in learning disabilities and the second in educational leadership. Harriet is the published author of six children’s fiction books, 18 Reader’s Theater plays, numerous primary source guides for students and differentiated instructional materials for teachers.

She won the New Jersey State Best Practice Award for Infusing Technology into the Curriculum. She was also the recipient of the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award in the area of special education and intervention for her Shakespeare readers. Her latest instructional book for teachers is entitled, Backwards Planning: Building Enduring Understanding through Instructional Design. Harriet does presentations, workshops and in-class coaching on a wide variety of literacy topics at district, state, national and international literacy and technology conventions. She is a three-time presenter at the International Literacy Association Conference and spoke on early language acquisition (2010), understanding by design (2012), and teaching nonfiction comprehension to middle grade students (2014). You can find out more about her work at www.readorium.com and at www.harrietisecke.com.

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