2020 Pennsylvania Department of Education Annual Conference, March 9-11, 2020

Join Dr. Tolman for two sessions on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020:

Language Structures and Verbal Reasoning: Missing Links in Close Reading Lessons

Gough and Tunmer’s Simple View of Reading (SVR) identifies two major components to reading comprehension: word recognition and language comprehension. Dr. Tolman's presentation focuses on language comprehension; specifically, on the areas of language structures and verbal reasoning, two often-ignored components of reading comprehension lessons crucial to the success of reading deeply. Increasing teachers’ awareness of how to analyze sentence types, develop sentence sense, and predict complex sentence structures is key to supporting students' understandings of what they read and hear. Additionally, marking text to identify pronouns and their references, along with analyzing the cohesiveness of an author's work, provides a deeper understanding of written discourse. Language structures and verbal reasoning are the focus of this interactive, hands-on session, abolishing the common, ineffective practice of testing, testing, and more testing.

Assessment and Instruction through the Lens of the Hourglass Figure

Join Dr. Tolman's session as she focuses on word recognition, including an outline of the 'what' and 'why' of basic assessment tools and instructional practices. Appropriate for educators and administrators supporting students in K-6, discussion will center on Tier 1 word work and spelling skills as well as how best to identify and address student weaknesses in phonology, basic phonics, and/or advanced word study.

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In Case You Missed It: What We Learned at the Voyager Sopris Learning Literacy Symposium

Teacher expertise is the key to unlocking student potential. Programs don’t teach students, teachers do. To that end, educators and administrators are encouraged to “read the research,” something I try to abide by daily. This is no easy task. With the onslaught of information in print and online, how can educators prioritize what’s relevant and valid? Most importantly, how do we find the time to keep up with it all? So, in case you missed it, here’s my favorite summer ‘read:’ the Voyager Sopris Learning® 2018 Literacy Symposium.


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Save the Date!

FYI for all my MD literacy friends, or those who want to make a quick trip to BWI! We’ll explore the gold standard in teacher PD with new LETRS. Hope to see you there!

For more information, email Theresa.McKee@voyagersopris.com


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