Maximize literacy achievement and content knowledge for reluctant, struggling, gifted, and overlooked readers and writers!



ALL Grade 4-12 educators who work with diverse learners: 

• Teachers

• Principals and district level leaders

• Curriculum development specialists

• Professional learning communities

• Title I teachers and administrators

• ELL instructors and curriculum directors


  • Learn to effectively support and accelerate your students’ literacy skill development with differentiated reading and writing strategies.
  • Foster real-life literacy skills that develop content knowledge.
  • Differentiate instruction and maximize content learning for all your students with literacy strategies that work, including:
  • Text differentiation for students who read at different levels in your content area classroom
  • Strategies that build academic vocabulary
  • Centers that synthesize content knowledge and literacy skill development
  • Purposefully incorporate technology into your daily and weekly plans for direct instruction, small group work, and learning centers, to develop literacy skills, content knowledge and college and career readiness.


The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data indicates that over 60% of our high school students are not reading with proficiency. What this means is that our high school students are not college and career ready since they lack the basic ability to read text for information.

Reading & Writing for the Big Kids will be a fun and interactive day with lots of time to work on finding opportunities to integrate literacy into your classroom!

Together we will examine the components of effective reading and writing lessons that integrate best practices in reading and writing instruction to develop literacy skills and content knowledge — taking your existing curriculum and making it even better.

Learn the instructional and learning advantages that differentiated interdisciplinary literacy strategies can create for all students — even those who struggle the most.

Discover powerful online tools and resources that will help you unlock the instructional potential reach every learner in your classroom while developing content knowledge and literacy skills.

Learn about the role of informational text in the development of literacy skills and content knowledge.

Engage your most reluctant learners with ready-to- use reading and writing mini-lessons.

Explore strategies for supporting struggling readers as well as methods for encouraging proficient readers to move to new levels of learning.




Light Breakfast (provided)

8:30a - 12:00p

  • The research: the teenage brain and literacy learning
  • How self-regulation turns struggling readers into active readers
  • Differentiated texts in the era of new standards
  • Text analysis and comprehension strategies: visualization

12:00p - 1:00p
Networking Lunch (provided)

Informal question & answer with the experts
Network with like-minded colleagues

1:00p - 3:00p

More reading/comprehension activities — strategies to:

  • Help struggling and reluctant readers
  • Empower overlooked readers
  • Advance proficient readers to even higher levels


8:30a - 12:00p

Light Breakfast (provided

  • Evidence based argumentation writing

12:00p - 1:00p
Networking Lunch (provided)

Informal question & answer with the experts
Network with like-minded colleagues

1:00p - 3:00p

  • Writing strategies for the differentiated classroom
  • Moving forward with Reading, Writing, and Literacy Strategies for Content Knowledge