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2 Day Seminars

The Building Blocks of Developing Skilled Independent Readers – Summer Institute 2020

This two-day seminar will provide participants an overview of the essential elements required to bring students from struggling to successful readers. The two days will cover the importance of how decoding, fluency, vocabulary, prior knowledge, and comprehension strategies help readers make sense of texts. This course will be most helpful for teachers and professionals who have limited background in the necessary variables that work together to facilitate reading comprehension. There will be a mix of theory and best practices to empower participants to make deliberate decisions around their reading instruction. 


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Gain in understanding in how the different components of reading complement each other and how to leverage that understanding to instruct students.
  • Identify where their struggling reader needs remediation and what instruction to implement.
  • Use the cognitive potential of students to compensate for their relative weaknesses.



This course is appropriate for educators at the middle and high school levels.



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.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1 optional graduate credit
Dates/Time Price
July 13-14, 2020
8:30am - 3:00pm
$300 $275

Teachers Say...

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

Adam Hickey

Adam is currently the Landmark School research coordinator and a Landmark Outreach consultant. Previously, Adam taught American literature in addition to his administrative role as an academic advisor. Adam is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he studied language and literacy development. While studying at Harvard, he taught at the Maria L. Baldwin School in Cambridge as a reading specialist and explored the influence of early intervention on struggling readers at the elementary level. He also holds a master’s degree in education from Simmons College. Adam is a licensed reading specialist and moderate special needs educator.

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