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In the Tampa/St. Pete Beach downpours yesterday there was at least one bright spot: Dr. Janet Allen’s keynote on Instructional Strategies that Support Content Learning at the Florida Association for Staff Development conference. Dr. Allen focused on instructional strategies that work across all grade levels and all content levels. The strategies shared:


Dr. Allen also described and provided examples of each strategy and time for the attendees to reflect and connect with one another on questions she posed before asking volunteers to share to the entire group. Her discussion on the “previewing text” strategy included a graphic similar to the one below, with discussion of each item.


Dr. Allen cautioned the educators and educational leaders in the room that the days when teachers can just talk about content are gone because students can find any content within seconds/minutes. Instead, she said, as teachers we need to talk to students about how to analyze and how to use the content they are finding.





Content presented in a keynote by Dr. Janet Allen, 9.25.2013, “Common Ground in the Common Core Standards: Targeting Instructional Strategies that Support Content Learning,” at the Florida Association for Staff Development. Dr. Allen is an internationally recognized literacy expert. Janet is a senior program consultant for Holt McDougal Literature 6-12. She has authored numerous books including a comprehensive audio-assisted literacy program: Plugged-in to Reading and Plugged-in to Nonfiction for grades 3 – 12 (Triumph Learning).

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