THIS SUMMER AT HARVARD:
Two Professional Learning Opportunities for Educators
STARI: Tier 2 Adolescent Reading Intervention
Word Generation: Tier 1 Academic Language & Literacy Program
STARI (grades 6–9) and Word Generation (grades 4–8) are independent sister programs that build core reading and academic literacy skills. They actively engage students in discussions of cognitively challenging content aligned to the Common Core and other 21st century standards. Research-based and practice-driven, the programs have produced significant gains in rigorous studies. The program materials for students and teachers are available as free downloads on the SERP website.
STARI: August 7–9
WordGen: August 10–11
$750 for WordGen; $900 for STARI; $1,500 for both
Registration limited to 60: First come, first served
Groups of two or more receive a discount. Breakfast and lunch are included. Travel and accommodations are not arranged by the event organizers, but nearby hotel options can be recommended. We recommend securing airline tickets and accommodations promptly. Please contact Avery Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202.223.8555) with any questions.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
The Strategic Adolescent Reading Intervention (STARI) is a literature focused, Tier 2 intervention for adolescents in grades 6–9 who are two or more years behind grade level. The curriculum addresses fluency, word study, and comprehension, aiming to move struggling students to higher levels of proficiency at the end of one year. STARI provides structured support for struggling readers, while focusing on engaging topics that build background knowledge and require grade-level reasoning. Each unit is accompanied by a full-length novel and a selection of poetry, short stories, and/or nonfiction. Texts vary in genre and complexity and expose students to realistic reading demands for secondary school. Students compile evidence and build perspective-taking skills with structured classroom discussions and debates. In a rigorous randomized trial, students significantly improved word recognition, vocabulary, morphology, fluency, and deep comprehension.
Word Generation is a set of Tier 1, research-based curricular resources designed for use across content areas in grades 4–8. It places heavy emphasis on 21st century learning goals, including academic language, argumentation, analytic reasoning, reading to find evidence, oral discussion, and writing. Each unit introduces 5–10 high-utility academic focus words and begins with an engaging text that presents multiple perspectives on a high-interest topic. Much of the learning comes from carefully scaffolded academic discussion and debate, providing students opportunities to use the focus words in multiple contexts, draw on accumulated knowledge, and apply new knowledge. Word Generation promotes the development of academic vocabulary and deep text comprehension required for success on standardized assessments. It also boosts the quantity and quality of discussion—a proven contributor to increased student learning.
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