• Literacy Conference 2020

    The Blueprint for Reading Comprehension: Helping Students Make Meaning from Text

    Nancy Hennessy M.Ed., LDT-C

Nancy Hennessy speaker
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020

    Location: Virtual via Zoom 

    Enrolled participants will receive Zoom link

    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

    Cost: $65

    Target Audience: K-8 classroom and literacy educators 

    Graduate Credit Option: 

    1 Graduate Credit available through Immaculata University

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    Comprehension is complex and requires a comprehensive instructional approach. This full day session will present a blueprint, a structured framework, that supports the design and delivery of effective reading comprehension instruction. While designed for all students, it provides opportunities for differentiation for at risk students. Educators will explore why and how to use evidence informed strategies for developing critical skills necessary for demonstrating understanding of narrative and expository text. They will examine best practices for developing and using vocabulary knowledge, sentence comprehension, text structures, background knowledge that supports differentiated levels of understanding of text. Throughout this session, educators will have opportunity for discussion and application of content to text selections. 

    Nancy Hennessy, educational consultant and past president of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), is an experienced teacher and administrator. While in public schools, she provided leadership in the development of professional learning systems, innovative programming for special needs student, and a statewide revision of special education code. Nancy has consulted on varied topics ranging from professional practices to student assessment and instruction. She has designed and delivered keynote addresses as well as virtual and live workshops and training courses to educators nationally and internationally.

    Nancy co-authored Module 6 of LETRS, Digging for Meaning: Teaching Text Comprehension (2nd edition) with Louisa Moats and was a national trainer for Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS). Additionally, she has written articles on varied topics as well as the chapter, Working with Word Meaning: Vocabulary Instruction, in Multisensory Teaching of Basic Skills (4th edition). She was the recipient of the International Dyslexia Association’s Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

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