Keys to Literacy Conference Keynotes and Workshops
Keys to Literacy trainers are available to present keynote addresses and workshops at state and national conferences. The following topics can be adjusted to suit presentations ranging in length from 1-3 hours.
Adolescent Literacy: Research to Practice
This workshop defines adolescent literacy, reviews the status of American adolescents’ literacy skills, and discusses the most recent research about how to improve literacy achievement for students in grades 4-12. The presenter identifies a variety of current adolescent literacy resources, including essential reports, practice guides, and websites.
Content Literacy Instruction
All students, from struggling readers to above grade-level readers, benefit from literacy instruction that is embedded in content curriculum. This workshop addresses why content literacy must be an essential part of literacy initiatives, including the connection to the focus of the Common Core literacy standards. The presenter reviews the literacy components that are best taught while teaching discipline-specific subjects: vocabulary, comprehension strategies, background knowledge, the reading-writing connection, and understanding different text structures.
The Key Comprehension Routine: Content Literacy Strategies
Research strongly supports explicit instruction in comprehension strategies that are modeled and practiced in content classrooms. This workshop reviews a routine for teaching comprehension strategies that are embedded in content classroom instruction. The presentation includes the following skills and strategy activities: main idea skills, text structure, topic webs, two-column notes, summary, and question generation. The presenter shares and discusses a variety of classroom examples. Presentations are available for both Grades 4-12 and Grades K-3.
The Key Vocabulary Routine: Content Literacy Strategies
Research strongly supports a combination of direct and indirect instruction that is embedded in all subject areas to expand student vocabulary. This workshop reviews a routine that combines direct and indirect instructional methods for teaching vocabulary in content classrooms, including the following components: previewing before reading; activities for teaching words in relation to other words (semantic mapping, categorizing, semantic feature analysis, scaling); selecting specific words to teach in-depth; word learning strategies (using the context, using word parts); and promoting word consciousness in the classroom. This presentation is designed for teachers of grades 2-12.
Keys to Literacy Planning: A Model for Schools and Districts
This workshop reviews a model for developing a school or district literacy plan based on eight components, including assessment planning and use of data, Tier I instruction for all students, Tiers II and III interventions, literacy planning teams, and professional development planning. The planning model promotes participation by all stakeholders and is designed to foster teamwork.