A free, hour-long webinar being held on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m. EST, will focus on "Meeting the Demands of the Common Core: Mentoring Readers of Science and Technical Texts." Hosted by Thinkfinity and produced by the International Reading Association and ISTE, the webinar will be presented by teacher, author, and literacy expert Doug Buehl.
The webinar will reinforce why integrating literacy practices into the flow of regular STEM disciplinary instruction is integral to 21st-century learners. As students strive to meet new rigorous standards, teachers of science, mathematics, and technical subjects face an urgent need to mentor students as readers of the varied texts of their disciplines. The Common Core State Literacy Standards expect students in the STEM disciplines to meet 10 reading standards that assume learners are regularly reading and comprehending complex texts in these disciplines. As a result, all teachers must ensure that students can independently access the knowledge in technical texts. During the webinar, Buehl will offer suggestions of instructional models for disciplinary literacy and explore how teachers can help students comprehend a range of complex texts that fall outside their reading comfort zones.
Buehl, who wrote last year's Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines, spent 33 years teaching reading and social studies in the Madison (Wisconsin) Metropolitan School District. He also wrote Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning and has co-authored two books on enhancing literacy at the middle and high school levels. In 1996, he received the International Reading Association’s Nila Banton Smith Award, presented to an outstanding secondary reading educator. He currently teaches a course on adolescent literacy at Edgewood College in Madison.
Register for the webinar here. A confirmation email containing additional information about joining the webinar will be emailed to you. An archived copy of the webinar will be available for free download for those unable to attend the broadcast live.