Webinar Series | Close Reading Virtual Professional Development Sessions

Research supports that close reading improves language competence and reading comprehension. Join Reading Plus for a 3-part webinar with Dr. Beryl Irene Bailey, founder of From Pages to Pedagogy, LLC as she shares her process for close reading, close reading for numeracy, and close reading for social and emotional Learning. Bailey’s Close Reading process empowers students to independently analyze text by checking vocabulary, looking for key ideas and details, observing book and text features, seeking out signal words, studying text structures, and examining the author’s craft.

This workshop series will scaffold the metalinguistic, metatextual, and metacognitive processes used to analyze text across disciplines, and identify social emotional themes found in literary and informational text.

Using CLOSE Reading to Develop READsponsible Students

ON-DEMAND | Presented on Wednesday, November 4th

How do we promote health, harmony, humanity, and humility within our classrooms and still provide pedagogy aligned to the college and career ready standards?

Educators around the country are feeling the need to respond to a clarion call for the inclusion of culturally relevant pedagogy and social emotional learning in the curriculum. This heightened sense of the need to triage is spawned by the threat of unsafe and unhealthy practices and environments due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distress precipitated by an onslaught of racial disparities and inequities among African American and Latino populations within the U.S.

Join Dr. Beryl Irene Bailey as she demonstrates for pre-K-12 educators and administrators how to embed social emotional learning into literacy instruction using the college and career ready ELA and social studies content standards and multicultural literature.

Objectives: Participants will practice:

  • CLOSE reading for positive character traits of sense of achievement, self-confidence, self-control, empathy, and/or interpersonal skills
  • Making connections to themes of advocacy and agency, goal setting, organizational and social skills, problem solving, and/or metacognition while generating text dependent questions.
  • Awareness of how Reading Plus supports comprehensive SEL initiatives within the Reading/English Language Arts classroom.
  • Finding evidence in text to support positive character traits and social emotional learning themes.

CLOSE Reading is FUN-but-MENTAL

ON-DEMAND | Presented on Wednesday, October 28th

How are complex texts like the muscular system? “Complex texts, just like the muscular system, are language muscles made up of a plethora of structures and layers, intertwined to give strength to the body of what the author has written.” (Bailey, 2013)

Oftentimes reading is treated like a subject, and not a skill to access content. Many standards found in today’s math instruction have their roots in language and require students to have solid knowledge of how language works. Beyond calculations, numeracy requires analysis, interpretation, synthesis, and application.

CLOSE Reading is the cognitive conditioning workout for developing language muscles across all content areas, especially math and science content. Children’s literature and informational text contain qualitative and quantitative details that are often overlooked when generating questions to assess students’ understanding of what has been read.

In this session, Dr. Beryl Irene Bailey will model how educators and administrators can take students through a cognitive conditioning workout where they engage in exercising language muscles to lift complex text across the content areas.

Objectives: Participants will:

  • Complete word workouts
  • Carry key details
  • Pull up context
  • Lift language structures
  • Tackle transitions and text features and
  • Knock out numeracy to build knowledge

Tactile-Kinesthetic Learning; Taking Reading Comprehension into our Hands

ON-DEMAND | Presented on Wednesday, October 21st 

How is a strategic reader like a surgeon? A strategic reader (sentence surgeon) uses her hands and metatextual markers and a pencil or pen to fix comprehension when it breaks down or bring life to text, just like a surgeon uses her hands and tools to operate-repair, heal, and save lives.

“The chronic achievement gap in most American schools has created an epidemic of dependent learners unprepared to do the higher order thinking, creative problem-solving, and analytical reading and writing called for in the new [College and Career Ready Standards.]”(Hammond, p.12, 2015) Only through authentic literacy opportunities, skillful scaffolding from knowledgeable others, and cognitive conditioning do students learn to successfully engage in metalinguistics, metatextuality, and metacognition resulting in a metamorphosis of their thinking and actions.

Dr. Beryl Irene Bailey will help educators and administrators extend comprehension skills taught in Reading Plus using her brain-based CLOSE Reading process and metatextual markers. Educators will learn to help students utilize her kinesthetic method to develop an established routine, self-regulation, and executive functioning skills when they learn to conduct critical, analytical, and rhetorical analyses of literary and informational text.

Objectives: Participants will:

  • Review the deficits in reading comprehension
  • Explore the attributes of CLOSE Reading
  • Engage in a systematic process of analyzing qualitative features of text and language structures
  • Review what the brain says about learning a skill
Presented By
Beryl Irene Bailey

Dr. Beryl Irene Bailey

Owner & CEO of
From Pages to Pedagogy, LLC

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