Lead, Follow, and Get Out of the Way!
Literacy leaders are bombarded with new mandates, new materials, and new ways of teaching every day. At a time when education is changing by the minute, this workshop is designed to support effective leadership during these challenging times. This interactive workshop will explore several critical roles of leadership:
• Knowing critical literacy research
• Understanding what effective instruction looks like
• Developing strategies for assessing the connection between effective instruction and student learning
• Creating an atmosphere of ongoing professional learning
• Knowing how to choose what matters in terms of student achievement
You will leave this workshop with a solid foundation in literacy; a repertoire of strategies for monitoring and supporting student achievement and teacher knowledge; a clear idea of how to organize curriculum and instruction; and models for effective instruction.
Janet Allen is an international literacy consultant and author of numerous professional books. Her most-recent publications are Tools for Teaching Academic Vocabulary and Riveting Read Alouds for Middle School (co-authored with Patrick Daley). Some of her previous books include: Inside Words; Tools for Teaching Content Literacy; More Tools for Teaching Content Literacy; On the Same Page; Yellow Brick Roads; Words, Words, Words; and, It’s Never Too Late: Leading Adolescents to Lifelong Literacy. She has co-authored two professional books: Reading History: A Practical Guide to Improving Literacy and The Scholastic Read-Aloud Anthology. Allen is also a senior program consultant for Holt McDougal Literature 6-12. In addition, she has authored a comprehensive audio-assisted literacy program: Plugged-in to Reading Fiction and Plugged-in to Reading Nonfiction for grades 3-12. Her upcoming book is titled Tools for Teaching Informational Literacy.
Allen taught high school reading and English in northern Maine from 1972 until 1992, when she relocated to Florida to teach English and reading education courses at the University of Central Florida. She left her position at UCF to spend her time researching, writing, speaking, and conducting seminars and content literacy institutes across the country. Allen has received several teaching awards, including the Milken Foundation’s National Educator Award.