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2 Day Seminars

Reading Comprehension: How to Get a Fluent Decoder to Understand – Summer Institute 2019

Although we expect students to independently read and understand, do our students approach the task with the skills necessary to do so? This seminar explores ways to help a reader who can decode accurately with fluency to make meaning. Participants will learn how to move theories into practice and be able to bring those instructional practices into their own classrooms. Emphasis will be placed on supporting the skillful selection of strategies necessary for students to make meaning when “reading to learn”. The course will use a mixture of lecture, activities, and collaboration to build participants’ understanding of reading comprehension and their abilities to bring that understanding to their classrooms.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • describe literacy acquisition as a developmental and educational process
  • identify the causes of reading disabilities
  • apply schemata (the building blocks of cognition) to instructional practice
  • explain techniques to facilitate student motivation



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



Participants may elect to add 1 graduate credit to this course.


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 17-18, 2019
8:30am - 3:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

Teachers Say...

“I learned so much more than just reading comprehension in this course! The perspective on how children learn to read gave me a greater understanding of the students I’m teaching. Adam is a phenomenal educator who made transparent to many things that have seemed opaque for so long. Bravo!”

Kara Jewett

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.



Financial:  Mr. Hickey does not receive a speaking fee for his presentation. The Landmark School Outreach Program may receive compensation for any follow up consultation work he performs relating to his presentation.  As a Consultant for the Outreach Program, Mr. Hickey does receive compensation in the form of his salary.

Nonfinancial:  Mr. Hickey states no nonfinancial relationship exists.

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