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2 Day Seminars

Developing Skilled Independent Readers, 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 can also be taken virtually. If you want to take the course virtually, you must register for the virtual section so we can ensure you receive login instructions.

The content for the virtual section and in-person section is the same.



  • 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.



This two-day seminar will provide participants an opportunity to engage in a discussion of the essential elements required to bring students from struggling to independent readers. We will explore the intersection of decoding, fluency, vocabulary, prior knowledge, and metacognition’s role in the effective use of strategies to help all readers read for understanding. This course will be most helpful for professionals who are interested in further exploring the variables that facilitate reading comprehension. We will use a mix of theory and best practices to empower participants to make deliberate decisions relative to the work they do with students.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Gain an 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 potential of students to compensate for relative weaknesses



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



Please bring a laptop, as all necessary materials will be shared electronically.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
Optional graduate credit for an additional fee of $125
Dates/Time Price
July 19-20, 2021
8:30am - 3:00pm Eastern

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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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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