Welcome to the Engaging Learners Academy Course in Informational Text!
Navigating informational text can be a daunting task – especially for our struggling readers! In this course you'll discover practical, research-based strategies to make informational text more “real” with your students. Learn effective techniques for comprehension strategies that successful readers use. Explore how to make informational literacy more intentional, connected and engaging. Stimulate all students’ interest in reading nonfiction texts. Participants will:
• Employ a variety of organizing structures that support students’ understanding of important facts and ideas in nonfiction texts
• Learn techniques to boost specific comprehension processes with explicit, targeted instruction
• Actively involve all students – not just the most verbal – in thinking more deeply about text
Dr. Kathy Perez is an acclaimed international educational consultant, author and motivational speaker, specializing in instructional strategies and creative approaches to brain research, student engagement, differentiation and inclusion. She is currently Professor Emerita at Saint Mary’s College of California. Her many best-selling books include: More Than 100+ Brain Friendly Tools and Strategies for Literacy! (Corwin Press) and The New Inclusion: Differentiated Strategies to Engage ALL Students! (Teacher College Press, 2013), Co-Teaching Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Teachers (Jossey-Bass); and her latest: 200+ Proven Strategies for Teaching Reading (Solution Tree, 2016).
While Dr. Perez has extensive teaching experience from preschool to graduate students, the material in this course is targeted to grade 4-12 teachers, paraeducators and tutors.