Keys to Literacy Webinars
April 4, 2012
Content Literacy Instruction and Alignment to the Common Core
The Common Core literacy standards place a significant emphasis on literacy instruction embedded in content-area instruction for grades 4 and up. The webinar, presented by Joan Sedita, defines content literacy and describes the crucial role of content teachers in improving their students’ literacy skills. Joan reviews specific Common Core standards from five “key” categories (Reading Literature, Reading Informational Text, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language) that are of particular importance to content teachers. For educators of students in grades 4-12.
April 5, 2012
Effective Vocabulary Instruction: A Combination of Direct and Indirect Instruction
This webinar presented by Joan Sedita, is an overview of a strategy routine that combines direct and indirect instructional practices for teaching content vocabulary. Components include: previewing, using activities to make connections between words, selecting words to teach in-depth, and using context and word parts to determine the meaning of new words. For educators of students in grade 3-12.
April 9, 2008
The Key Comprehension Routine: Comprehension Strategy Instruction
This webinar with Joan Sedita, Founding Partner of Keys to Literacy, will review the research on effective comprehension instruction and introduce participants to a model for embedding comprehension strategy instruction into content classroom instruction. Three foundational skills will be introduced: main idea skills, note taking and summarizing. Activities that incorporate these skills will also be reviewed, including topic webs, generating questions from main idea, two-column notes, and summaries from reading and class lecture. This webinar will be particularly useful for classroom teachers, administrators, and literacy specialists working with grades 4 through 12.
October 24, 2007
Tools for Literacy: Technology to Support Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Development
Technology provides a new opportunity to remove barriers to learning and improve the literacy skills of all students. Through discussion and demonstration, Kathleen H. McClaskey, President of EdTech Associates, and Joan Sedita, founding partner of Keys To Literacy, will introduce participants to accessible desktop and “no cost” online tools that can be used to support the teaching and learning of reading comprehension and vocabulary strategies. Suggestions will be provided for how these technology tools can be used to develop topic webs and graphic organizers; identify, highlight, and pull out main ideas and details into notes; generate summaries; and support word-study skills such as focusing on word parts and creating semantic webs. This event will emphasize the importance of direct comprehension and vocabulary instruction, as well as how to integrate the technology tools into this instruction.