For nearly a decade, Reading Ways has provided outstanding presentations and keynotes both in-person and online. During our workshops, we not only introduce powerful concepts related to adolescent literacy, critical thinking, and content learning; we also model coaching approaches that we advocate for Reading Ways site leaders. We design these experiences as opportunities for both teacher participants and instructional leaders who help to co-facilitate our work.
Bridging content instruction and disciplinary literacy knowledge is a theme that we have developed in many of our presentations to teachers who are beginning their work in disciplinary literacy. We always tailor our content and formats to the needs of our partners. In 2021, co-founder Josh Lawrence presented at the Ohio Literacy Academy. In his presentation on Cross Content Principles and Disciplinary Literacy (see presentation below) he described the role of systematic phonics in structured literacy instruction and identified effective phonics assessment and instructional procedures.
How can we effectively support adolescents in developing disciplinary reading/writing/thinking skills at the middle and high school levels?