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Balancing Informational & Literary Texts
(Grades K-5)

This workshop will examine recommendations intended to help educators provide intensive intervention for struggling readers and monitor all students' reading progress.

About This Course

This workshop is part of a new series of content collections - Pepper Online Workshops (POW!) – focusing on the hottest topics that educators are dealing with across the country.  These have been developed in partnership  with WestEd using some of the resources from their Doing What Works project. These workshops feature amazing videos, interactive planning tools, and other research-based materials.

Reading ability is a key predictor of achievement in college- and career-readiness. To succeed in today's global information economy, students need to have literacy and critical thinking skills beyond those ever required before. In most schools and districts, once students graduate upper elementary, reading instruction is not typically part of instructional curriculum. To remedy this, teachers need to focus on improving reading instruction beginning in upper elementary and continuing through high school.

The recommendations in this course are based on the IES Practice Guide - Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices. The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) publishes practice guides in education "to bring the best available evidence and expertise to bear on the types of systemic challenges that cannot currently be addressed by single interventions or programs."

There are many different recommendations in the IES Practice Guide - Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices. The workshop will focus on the practice of making available intensive and individualized interventions for struggling readers.

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Course Staff


WestEd, a nationally recognized nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency working with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad. WestEd aims to improve education and other important outcomes for children, youth and adults. WestEd provides a wide range of resources for K-12 educators to use in their classrooms. 

Lori Larsen

Lori Larsen has experience teaching in both the public and private environment and has worked at the District level in administration, as well as a education consultant traveling to schools throughout the United States and Canada. She has made presentations at local, state, and national conferences highlighting the use of technology as an instructional tool in the classroom and focuses on integrating technology and curriculum to engage students. Her experience as a classroom teacher and as a professional development specialist working with teachers gives her opportunity to work with teachers and students to effectively enhance classroom instruction and student learning.

Sarah Feldman, Seewan Eng
Course Code: POW324
Course Release: Mar 14, 2017
Estimated Effort: 1.0 Hours

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