Lead Is a Verb: Supporting Educators in Creating Environments for Reading Success
We are preparing our students for a world we can’t imagine and the 21st Century is upon us. Yet, we also have students who are still struggling with the skills and strategies needed to negotiate 20th Century literacy. Educators face all the challenges implied in those opening statements in every class, every day with varying degrees of success. In our workshop, we will explore ways for administrators to support teachers in four areas:
- Critical thinking
- Careful planning
- Consistent actions
- Comprehensive assessment
Join us as we examine instructional strategies that will make a difference with all students so they leave us able to thrive as strong, solid, literate citizens of a new world.
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.