Close Reading of Complex Texts: Making it Work in the Middle Level
Presenter: Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey
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Join AMLE, the International Reading Association, and noted literacy experts, Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, as we look at how to help students with complex text through close reading--a powerful teaching strategy that empowers students and really launches literacy in the middle level!
Douglas Fisher, Ph.D.
, is professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College, having been an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, the Farmer award for excellence in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as a Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education. He has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design as well as books such as Better Learning through Structured Teaching, Rigorous Reading, and Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading
. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Frey, Ph.D.
, is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University. She previously served in the School of Teacher Education beginning in 2003 as a professor of literacy. She is the recipient of the 2008 Early Career Achievement Award from the National Reading Conference. Nancy has published in The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, English Journal, Voices in the Middle, Middle School Journal, Remedial and Special Education, TESOL Journal, Journal of Learning Disabilities, Early Childhood Education Journal
, and Educational Leadership
. She has co-authored (with Doug Fisher) books on formative assessment (Checking for Understanding and Formative Assessment Action Plan
), instructional design (Better Learning for Structured Teaching
), data-driven instruction (Using Data to Focus Instructional Improvement
), and brain-based learning (In a Reading State of Mind
). Nancy is a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California, and has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in Florida and California for two decades. She is a teacher-leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College, where she learns from her colleagues and students every day.