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1 Day Workshops

Reading Comprehension: Exploring the Intersection of Prior Knowledge, Vocabulary, and Strategies – Virtual Summer Institute 2020


  • Type: One-day virtual workshop
  • Duration: On the finalized date and time listed in the course information section
  • Attendance: Live online meetings at the beginning and end of the day, as well as independent, asynchronous online work in between these meetings
  • Platform: Zoom and Canvas. Login credentials emailed the day before the course begins



This one-day workshop will invite participants to consider the reality that reading comprehension success requires an interplay between the activation of prior knowledge, development of vocabulary, and the application of effective strategies. Participants will be presented with the latest research on all three components and offered strategies to build each as part of their teaching “toolbox.” The format will include a one-hour Zoom session to kick off the day, about three hours of independent work – mostly consisting of readings with the identification of instructional practices based on current findings, and finally, a closing Zoom session to share, discuss, and vet independent thinking to empower participants.

 Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Describe variables that support effective reading comprehension instruction
  • Apply schemata (the building blocks of cognition) to instructional practice
  • Defend their decisions around instructional practices with current best-practices research
  • Explore how distance learning and reading from a screen influence student performance


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



All necessary materials will be shared electronically.

Course Information

5 Hours
Dates/Time Price
July 21, 2020
8:30am - 3:00pm

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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