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2 Day Seminars

Strengthening Comprehension Through ACTIVE Learning Strategies – Summer Institute 2020

Comprehension is the understanding and interpretation of what is read. Research shows that explicit strategy instruction is particularly effective for students with language-based learning disabilities. This reading comprehension workshop examines six metacognitive strategies shown to improve comprehension. Our ACTIVE Learning approach provides students with a systematic method to access strategies to understand what they are hearing and reading. Whether the targeted strategy is to “explain” or “infer,” the skills  can be applied receptively and expressively using a multisensory approach.


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.



We ask that participants 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.



This course is appropriate for educators at the elementary level.



Participants may elect to add 1 graduate credit to this course. Graduate credit is an additional $125 and is granted by Colorado State University-Pueblo.


This course is offered for 1.0 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1 Optional Graduate Credit
1.0 ASHA CEUs (optional)
Dates/Time Price
July 8-9, 2020
8:30am - 3:00pm
$300 $275

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About the Instructor

Wendy Ellis

Wendy Ellis is a certified speech-language pathologist who joined the Landmark Elementary•Middle School in 2008. She supports the staff and students to reinforce speech/language and social goals addressed across the curriculum. In addition to supporting the development of the ACTIVE Learning curriculum at Landmark to strengthen reading comprehension, Wendy has created social communication classes to address the social challenges that can often be seen in children with language-based learning disabilities. Wendy earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology and special education at North Adams State College and Master of Science in communication disorders at Emerson College in Boston. In 2017, Wendy received the Albert E. Trieschman Memorial Award for Exceptional Direct Service to Children


Financial: Ms. Ellis receives a speaking fee.
Nonfinancial: Ms. Ellis states no nonfinancial relationships exist.

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.


Financial: Ms. Schley-Johnson receives a speaking fee.
Nonfinancial: Ms. Schley-Johnson states no nonfinancial relationships exist.

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