Wabash Valley Education Center

PD Pop: *~Comprehension: Supporting Students' Reading for Understanding (K-5) - Presented by Elizabeth Stevens

This session is relevant for teachers, instructional coaches, TORs, and school leaders interested in learning more about how to support students’ reading comprehension. Dr. Stevens will focus on implementing evidence-based practices to support students’ reading comprehension before, during, and after reading. Instructional practices will include building background knowledge before reading, providing explicit vocabulary instruction, main idea generation, and question generation. These practices can be implemented within Tier 1 instruction or Tier 2 intervention. This session will also address evidence-based practices that are effective for improving the reading outcomes of English Learners and students with difficulty comprehending text. The session will conclude with a Q&A period, giving attendees an opportunity to ask questions about the topics addressed during the session or other aspects of reading instruction. This session will not be recorded.



Dr. Elizabeth Stevens
Elizabeth Stevens, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Learning Sciences at Georgia State University. Stevens completed her doctoral degree at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds a master’s degree in special education from the College of William and Mary and a reading specialist degree from the University of Virginia. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she taught special education for nine years in Virginia. Elizabeth has coordinated large-scale research projects at The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. She recently served as Co-Principal Investigator of an IES-funded Development and Innovation Project, Middle School Matters, which focused on developing a PD model to support middle school teachers with implementing research-based practices during content-area reading instruction. Elizabeth researches effective reading and mathematics interventions for students with learning disabilities and learning difficulties. She is particularly interested in the effects of aligning Tier 1 (core) instruction with Tier 2 intervention for upper elementary students with reading comprehension difficulties. She is also interested in the effects of vocabulary instruction on the word-problem performance of upper elementary students with mathematics difficulty. She has extensive experience in designing literacy interventions for diverse and at-risk populations, providing PD to districts, and examining the effects of such interventions and PD through high quality research studies. Stevens has published in numerous journals including Scientific Studies of Reading, Exceptional Children, Journal of Learning DisabilitiesReading and WritingRemedial and Special Education, and Teaching Exceptional Children.  


Date: Thursday, April 6, 2023
Time: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Eastern Time

Location: Virtual

PGP Points Awarded: 1


Cost: $50/Service Center Member or $100/District not belonging to a Service Center*

This session is WVEC Title 3 and Title 4 Eligible

*Cost of all workshops are based on membership in an Indiana Educational Service Center (ESC). Any registrants who are not members of an ESC in the state of Indiana will be required to pay the non-member fee.

**See cancellation policy below


Cancellation Policy

* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.
* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop will pay 50% of the registration fee.
* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full fee.
* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees.


Registration open through 4/6/2023 11:45 AM EST


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