Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices

Presented by Joan Sedita

Participants will develop an understanding of the literacy instruction needs of students in grades 5-12. Topics include: adolescent literacy defined, research on effective reading/writing instruction across multiple tiers of instruction, teaching strategies for content literacy in all subjects (vocabulary, comprehension, writing about content), causes of difficulty for older students including dyslexia and executive function, and recommendations for interventions that target individual student needs.

Conference registration required.


Session Objectives

  • Learn a definition of adolescent literacy and what the research says about effective instruction for students in grades 5-12.
  • Learn possible causes for literacy difficulty.
  • Become familiar with content literacy instructional practices that can be used in any subject.

More about the speaker

Joan Sedita has been a literacy educator for over 40 years. She is the author of numerous books, articles and literacy professional development programs. Joan has presented keynote and workshop presentations at over 150 literacy conferences over the past 15 years. Beginning in 1975, she worked for 23 years at the Landmark School for students with dyslexia. Joan founded Keys to Literacy, a teacher training organization, in 2007. She was the MA lead trainer for Reading First, and was a LETRS author and national trainer. Joan received her Masters in Reading from Harvard University.