Course Listing

2 Day Seminars

ACTIVE Learning: Strategies to Strengthen Comprehension, In-Person – Summer Institute 2021

If you are signing up for this section, you are signing up for an in-person section with a limited number of spaces. This course is only available in the in-person format with a limited number of spaces.



  • Event type: Two-day seminar
  • Section delivery mode: In-person. All recommended guidelines around social distancing, masks, hand washing, etc. will be followed and communicated to participants.
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section.



How can classroom instruction help those students who struggle with  comprehension? While reading intervention often addresses the necessary skills of decoding and fluency to support struggling readers, instructional practices for reading comprehension can remain overlooked. This reading comprehension workshop, designed for elementary-level classes, examines six metacognitive strategies shown to improve comprehension. The ACTIVE Learning approach provides students with LBLD a systematic method to access strategies to understand what they are hearing and reading, as well as gives them tools to express their thoughts. Explore how expanding these techniques across the curriculum enables students to engage more deeply with text in a variety of contexts and in various content areas.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Define six metacognitive comprehension strategies captured in ACTIVE Learning.
  • Explain and build upon each comprehension strategy using the acronym ACTIVE.
  • Describe ways to teach students how to organize their thinking and express their ideas using specific graphic organizers and structured language exercises pertaining to each strategy.
  • Create a lesson plan for ACTIVE Learning strategies related to their own curriculum.
  • Generate meaningful activities that integrate ACTIVE Learning strategies into the curriculum.



Appropriate for educators at the elementary level.



Participants are asked to  bring a laptop and a textbook/materials that they will use with students for the application portions of the seminar. This will facilitate participants’ ability to see how the skills apply to their own curriculum.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
Optional graduate credit for an additional fee of $125
Dates/Time Price
July 22-23, 2021
8:30am - 3:00pm Eastern

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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Over 98% of educators felt that their Outreach Summer Institute seminar provided them with strategies and tools that will help their students.

About the Instructor

Jennifer Schley-Johnson

Jennifer is the co-department head for the Oral Expression & Literature department at Landmark’s Elementary•Middle School. Since joining Landmark in 2002, Jennifer has worked in the capacity of teacher, tutor, academic advisor, and department head at both the elementary and middle school levels. She presents nationally and internationally on topics involving comprehension and Landmark’s teaching methodologies. Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree from The College of William & Mary and her master’s degree in special education from Simmons University. 

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