Developmental Education: Teaching Effective Academic Reading Strategies

Registration Fee: $345.00

Developmental Education: Teaching Effective Academic Reading Strategies
Wednesday, April 27 ~ 1:00-2:30pm EDT

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“Reading demands for college students are always changing depending on the format of the material, the purpose for reading and the time available. Readers need to be aware of all of these things and then be able to choose the appropriate strategies in order to successfully comprehend and retain the material. This webinar will look at a variety of strategies, when they are appropriate, how to choose, and the reader-writer collaboration.”
~ Dr. Arden B. Hamer
Webinar Presenter


This session will introduce participants to a variety of academic reading strategies appropriate for developmental college freshmen who must tackle complex texts in their college work. As in my classes, I will present the idea of a three-step process of academic reading and will explain how this is used in class as an introductory exercise as well as an ongoing anchor for the semester’s work. Rather than instructing students in one rigid format, my plan encourages them to be flexible and consider several factors before deciding what strategies and how many they should employ. Following this, I will discuss the importance of understanding the writer-reader collaboration and how both parties must work together for a successful reading experience. This helps the student be more aware of their responsibility to strive for comprehension in this interaction as well as helps them understand how the writer is working to help them comprehend and what they need to be aware of and looking for in the text. To aid in this, we will examine the use of signal words by writers, various categories of signal words and some specific examples. 


Participants will:
  • Understand a Before-During-After format for approaching academic reading tasks
  • Be familiar with teaching strategies to use in the classroom with their students
  • Be familiar with different strategies to be used in different reading situations
  • Have an understanding of the writer-reader collaboration
  • Be aware of the importance of signal words
  • Be familiar with teaching strategies for signal words

Who should attend?

This webinar is appropriate for new college reading instructors, particularly adjunct faculty who may not have formal training in developmental reading.

Who is the speaker?

Dr. Arden B. Hamer currently is a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in the Department of Developmental Studies. She teaches developmental reading, critical reading, learning strategies, and freshmen experience programs. Dr. Hamer has taught developmental reading at a variety of institutions prior to IUP, including the Community College of Allegheny County and the University of Pittsburgh and has presented at numerous national conferences. She has co-authored two vocabulary textbooks, Basic College Vocabulary Strategies and Building College Vocabulary Strategies, with Darlene Pabis, Westmoreland County Community College. In addition to her interest in developmental reading, she is interested in life-long literacy and leads book discussion groups at the university, her local library, and in her community.

Registration Information

How do I register?
You can register online by adding this product to your shopping cart or emailing or faxing the completed paper-based registration form. If you have any questions, please call 303-775-6004.

When do I register?
You can register at any time, even the morning of the live event. If the event has past, you can purchase the On-Demand recording of the session.

How much does it cost?
Our standard pricing, which includes institutional access to the recording for one year, is as follows:

Single webinar: $345 (including flexible date webinars)
2-part workshop: $545
3-part workshop: $750

The price includes:
  • one live site connection (unlimited amount of participants)
  • institutional access to the recording for one year (unlimited number of viewings by all faculty and staff)
  • implementation guide and evaluation form
If you would like to access the webinar from multiple locations at your institution/campus, we do provide additional site connections for $150 per additional site. If you need to purchase an additional site connection, please contact Val at mailto: or 303-775-6004.

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What is a webinar?

A webinar is an interactive seminar conducted over the web and is typically 1.5 to 2 hours long.

  • What is the process?
    Webinar participants log into the webinar site with a password sent via email. Participants can print handouts, as we send you a link to the presentation via email approximately a day prior to the event. Once logged in, you are able to see the PowerPoint slides, ask questions and make comments via chat, very similar to instant messaging.

  • Is there a recording available?
    Approximately one week after the conclusion of the webinar, you will receive a link to the recording which is good for institutional access for one year and can be forwarded to all faculty and staff for viewing anytime, anywhere.

  • What equipment is required?
    An Internet connection, computer speakers and LCD projector are required if a large group is viewing the presentation. Participants can call-in via phone for the audio if they are having troubles with the audio over the computer.

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What are the benefits of a webinar?
  • Cost-Effective: No travel required. Webinars are an innovative way to provide your entire faculty and staff with a variety of professional development opportunities for one low price! The more you train - the more you save, as the registration fee is per institution, not per person.

  • Easy: You will receive a detailed list of instructions via email a week prior to the event. And if you run into any problems, we're always here to help.

  • Interactive: Chat online with presenters, participate in online polling questions, discuss specific situations with your colleagues, and receive implementation strategies for your campus (included when appropriate). You can even join a discussion group to continue the discussion with the presenter and webinar participants.

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  • Practical: Our training sessions focus on the most critical and relevant issues facing educators today. Our primary goal is to provide participants with the information, training and skills necessary to immediately implement positive change at their institutions.

  • Top-Notch Speakers: Our speakers are subject matter experts and recognized in their field.

  • Value Added: When you purchase a webinar, you also receive institutional access to the recording, which is good for one year. Access to the recording is unlimited, and faculty and staff can access it as often as they like from any location.

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How will we use these trainings?
  • Flexible Training:
    • Live: Promote and attend a live webinar and debrief immediately following.
    • Hybrid: Distribute the recording to all faculty and staff at the beginning of each month and plan a discussion session at the end of the month to determine how you will implement the strategies presented.
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  • In-Service Training: Plan an in-service around a live webinar or schedule a day and time to show the recording in a lecture hall or large conference room and invite faculty and staff to brainstorm and discuss implications for your college.

  • Online Faculty and Staff Learning Communities: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.

  • Staff Recognition: Develop a program around the webinars with monthly themes and recognize the staff members that implement the best idea related to the theme.

  • Team-Building: Utilize these webinars to develop cross-functional and cross-discipline teams to foster collegiality.

  • New Employee Training: Include these webinars and the free recording as part of your new employee training program to ensure consistency.

  • Implementation and Follow-Up: Use the guide and evaluation materials provided by Innovative Educators to plan, implement and track your progress.
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