Seattle Course #12-Effective Teaching of Reading Foundation Skills


Thursday- March 8, 2018      8:00am-4:00pm

Course #12 -Effective Teaching of Reading Foundation Skills: Prevention and Intervention

by Anita L. Archer, PhD, Consultant, Author- Portland, OR

About the Speaker
Anita L. Archer, PhD, serves as an educational consultant to state departments, county agencies, and school districts on explicit instruction and literacy instruction. She has taught elementary and middle school students and is the recipient of ten Outstanding Educator awards. Dr. Archer has served on the faculties of San Diego State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon. She is nationally known for her presentations and publications on instructional procedures and literacy instruction and has co-authored numerous curriculum materials with Dr. Mary Gleason including REWARDS, REWARDS Plus, REWARDS Writing (Sopris) and Skills for School Success (Curriculum Associates). In addition, Dr. Archer was the senior author of Phonics for Reading (Curriculum Associates). Most recently, Dr. Archer wrote a textbook on explicit instruction with Dr. Charles Hughes entitled Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching. She is nationally known for her professional development activities, having presented in every state over the course of her 40-year career. Disclosures: Financial- Dr. Archer is the owner of Anita L. Archer PhD, Inc, an educational consulting firm located in Portland, OR. She receives royalties from Voyager/ Sopris Learning, LLC, Curriculum Associates, and Guilford Publications for her publications. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Target Audience (who should attend):  General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Resource Room Teachers, Title 1 Teachers, Reading Specialists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Private Tutors, Principals/Administrators, and Instructional Assistants and Paraprofessionals

Target Age Range: Kindergarten through 3rd grade

Course Description: The ability to accurately and quickly read words is necessary, though not sufficient, for reading comprehension. Simply stated, there are no comprehension strategies that are powerful enough to compensate for the fact that a student cannot read the words. In this course, Dr. Archer will review current research on the importance of establishing strong reading foundation skills including: a) print concepts, b) phonological and phonemic awareness, c) decoding skills, d) word knowledge (sight vocabulary) and e) reading fluency. Dr. Archer will describe and demonstrate effective and efficient instructional proce- dures in each of these areas.


 What You Will Learn
Course Objectives– Participants will be able to:

• Adequately explain the Simple View of Reading and its two major components, decoding and language comprehension
• Adequately explain the supportive research for teaching reading foundation skills
• Adequately describe effective instructional procedures for teaching: a) print concepts, b) phonological and phonemic awareness, c) decoding skills, d) word  
   knowledge (sight vocabulary) and e) reading fluency
• Demonstrate the ability to apply instruction of reading foundation skills to their settings