Dialogic Reading: An Approach to Engaging Students and Supporting Reading in the Middle and High School Setting

This webinar responds directly to the challenges teachers encounter in middle and high school classrooms when students’ reading abilities are poorly matched with typical grade-level texts.

The session will focus on concrete actions teachers can take when students’ early reading experiences—in or out of school—have caused them to develop negative associations with reading, reduced senses of self-efficacy as readers, and/or struggle to comprehend texts. In particular, this interactive webinar will highlight the importance of helping students make personal connections to texts and explore a collaborative approach to reading where shared reading, discussion, and journaling are key elements of a strategy for engaging students in reading events, supporting comprehension, and creating dialogue between students’ lives and their larger understanding of texts.

Your host, Dr. Trevor Stewart, is an Associate Professor in the Virginia Tech School of Education and is the Program Leader of the English and Language Arts Education Program

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2022, from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. EST

Continuing and Professional Education
School of Education Webinars Fall 2022
Cost: $25 / webinar

Contact:  Heidi Anne Mesmer, School of Education (hamesmer@vt.edu)

Virginia Educators Applying Reading Science (VEARS) Webinar Series

In response to the urgent need to translate reading science for K-12 educators, Virginia Tech is hosting four webinars on timely, educational topics. The goal of the series, entitled Virginia Educators Applying Reading Science (VEARS), is to clearly and succinctly  interpret research based strategies and techniques in ways that are directly applicable to the classroom. Each webinar targets a specific strategy or series of techniques, and brings pragmatic translations of research to teachers. The webinars will minimize broad “ideas,” and  “theories,” and emphasize pragmatic “How-tos” taken directly from applied studies. 

For example, shared reading, a technique that models the alphabetic principle for pre literate learners, is grounded in a body of applied work that specifies particular steps and teacher actions. VEARS webinars will connect teachers to research-proven strategies that they can use in their classrooms immediately.

The Fall of 2022 VEARS program offers 6 webinars, adding one session in cooperation with VT’s Center for Rural Education and adding 2 sessions to address the needs of secondary teachers. VEARS' online seminars are 75 minutes and run on Tuesdays in Sept-Nov from 5-6:15. Participants receive access to the presentation notes and resources.

Registration closes at 5:00 pm the Monday before the webinar. 

Note:  Each webinar is a stand alone offering. There is no need to take all 6 of the offered webinars.