Beyond Decoding: The Science of Reading Comprehension 

Join us for a 2-part series that will provide practical skills for teaching reading comprehension while considering students’ knowledge, vocabulary and language abilities. 

Facilitator: Brittany Zucker
Location: Virtual (Zoom link will be provided)
Fee: $60 (*Subsidized fee made possible by generous support from Shefa Center funders.)

Session 1: Tuesday, January 30, 2024, 3:45-5:00 pm
Knowledge Makes Learning Stick: The Importance of Background Knowledge and Vocabulary For Comprehension 

Knowledge is the result of and the reason for comprehension. In this session, participants will understand the relationship between knowledge, vocabulary and memory for strengthening and building comprehension. Participants will review evidence related to why background knowledge is necessary for building comprehension while identifying ways to facilitate the storage of information into memory. Throughout the session, practical activities and frameworks for building knowledge and vocabulary in the classroom will be shared.

Session 2: Tuesday, February 6, 2024, 3:45-5:00 pm
Using A Road Map to Plan Effective Reading Comprehension Lessons

Research shows that careful lesson planning is essential for developing students’ reading comprehension. In this session, participants will be introduced to the “Comprehension Road Map,” a framework that assists teachers in developing their instruction of a chapter book. Participants will understand the importance of identifying skills and strategies that are closely aligned with the text while taking into consideration their students’ language, knowledge and vocabulary abilities. Practical guidance and tools for planning will be reviewed and provided to ensure teachers can use a “road map” to plan their own instruction.