POSTPONED: UMaine to host professional development day with Dr. Nancy Boyles

NOTE (March 20, 2020): Due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus, the event “Closer Reading for Deeper Understanding” with Dr. Nancy Boyles has been postponed until Dec. 4, 2020. For more information: Kathie Wing,

On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the University Training Center for Reading Recovery and Maine Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy will host a professional development seminar with Dr. Nancy Boyles. The seminar is titled, “Closer Reading for Deeper Understanding.” Dr. Boyles was a classroom teacher for many years, and is now professor emerita at Southern Connecticut State University, as well as an author and independent literacy consultant. Her books on close reading include, Reading, Writing, and Rigor: Helping Students Achieve Depth of Knowledge in Literacy and Classroom Reading to Engage the Heart and Mind: 200+ Picture Books to Start SEL Conversations.

Recommended audience: Reading Recovery teachers and teacher leaders; classroom teachers; interventionists; special education teachers; coaches; administrators who support learners in grades K-8 with application to high school language arts teachers.

More about this program:
How do we support intermediate grade students during close reading to build independence, deeper thinking, and skill, and what kinds of tasks after reading measure depth of knowledge at all levels of complexity? This hands-on institute will answer these questions and more as you learn strategies that engage all readers, even English learners and those reading below level. Take home a handout that includes a sample mini-lesson, streamlined annotation sheet, list of standards-based skill priorities, answer frame and rubric for constructed response, and more.