Teaching Content Literacy and the Common Core State Standards in Diverse Middle Schools: Using Collaborative Strategic Reading. A CEC/DLD Collaborative Webinar




Monday, March 18, 2013, 4-5 p.m. ET

Teachers, reading specialists, school administrators and others who work with students who struggle with reading need to attend this webinar to become familiar with  Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR), a validated instructional approach that  is aligned with the Common Core State Standards, supports reading comprehension, content learning, and language acquisitions in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms.  In this webinar, Drs. Klingner and Boardman will discuss each CSR strategy, summarize the research and demonstrate CSR materials, with examples of students using CSR across grade levels and in differing content areas, with emphasis on connections between CSR and the CCSS. The focus will be on diverse, inclusive upper elementary and middle school content classes. The presentation will explain how CSR helps all students and the ways in which it can be particularly effective for students with learning disabilities, typically low-achieving students, and English language learners (ELLs).

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe what CSR is.
  • Articulate why CSR is important.
  • Describe how CSR aligns with and supports the CCSS in diverse, heterogeneous content classes.
  • Understand how CSR assists all students, particularly ELLs, students with learning disabilities and typically low-achieving students.

Presenter Bios:

Janette KlingnerJanette Klingner is Professor of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity program area. She was a bilingual special education teacher for ten years before earning a Ph.D. in reading and learning disabilities from the University of Miami. To date, she has authored or co-authored more than 115 articles, books and book chapters, and presented at numerous national and international conferences, frequently as a keynote speaker. Her principal areas of research focus on reading comprehension strategy instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse students and Response to Intervention for English Language Learners. Currently, she is the principal investigator on an i3 validation grant in partnership with Denver Public Schools and Padres Unidos, Collaborative Strategic Reading-Colorado (CSR-CO), and the principal investigator on a demonstration project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, RTI Effectiveness Model for English Language Learners (REME). Recently, she was a co-principal investigator on a research project funded by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES), CSR for Struggling Adolescent Readers, and a co-principal investigator for NCCRESt, the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems, a U.S. Department of Education funded project to address the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education. Janette currently is President of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Learning Disabilities and a Vice-President for the International Academy for Research on Learning Disabilities. In 2004 she was honored with the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award.

Allison BoardmanAlison Gould Boardman is an assistant research professor in the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she conducts reading intervention research and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. Dr. Boardman has published numerous articles and co-authored two books on reading comprehension. She has extensive experience providing professional development to teachers across the nation to successfully teach comprehension strategies in their classrooms. Currently, Dr. Boardman is the Co-Principal Investigator of CSR Colorado, an Investment in Innovation validation study designed to measure the effectiveness of Collaborative Strategic Reading with middle school students in a large urban school district. Dr. Boardman has been a special education teacher in pull-out and inclusion settings in elementary and middle school.