TEACHING ADULTS TO READ Study Circles for Winter and Spring!

A FREE Professional Development Opportunity brought to you by LINCS.

Facilitated online study circles for adult educators who want to learn – and practice - more about assessing and teaching the components of reading.

Winter series: Teaching Comprehension. Spring series: Teaching Vocabulary 


This study circle series focuses in-depth on implementation of the reading components into personal instruction practice. Meeting in interactive webinars once a week for a month, teachers form a cohort community and together explore research-based strategies for teaching and learning reading with struggling ABE and ELL readers. Participants develop a Participatory Action Research (PAR) plan as part of the study circle, in which they design research-based reading activities, implement them, and reflect on their meaning for student learning and their own professional growth in instructional practice. Participants are supported to develop a portfolio to document what they have learned.

The facilitator, Kristin Ockert, and presenters (Christie Knighton and Shash Woods) are Adult Education instructors and Professional Development specialists with decades of experience.


Each series starts with Teaching Adults to Read: Introduction to Effective Reading Instruction Research. This is a single session offered quarterly the week prior to the start of a component series, which participants must take at least once before participation in a component series. Component series are comprised of 4 sessions, one week apart.

State-tailored Sessions: Sessions tailored to specific states can be negotiated for a timeframe and schedule that suits the needs of their participants. Each session is 2 hours long.

Open Sessions:  Sessions that are open to participants nationwide take place on the same day and time slot each week, typically Fridays, by time zone -  12:15-2:15 PM Eastern, 11:15-1:15 PM Central, 10:15AM-12:15 PM Mountain, 9:15 AM-11:15 PM Pacific, 7:15 – 9:15 AM Hawaii.

Teaching Adults to Read: Comprehension               Introduction session January 29, 2016; Component sessions February 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Teaching Adults to Read: Vocabulary                      Introduction session April 8, 2016; Component sessions April 15, 22, 29, and May 6.

Teaching Adults to Read: Fluency and Alphabetics schedules TBD.


Each component series may be taken as a separate set of modules, or all of them may be taken to qualify the participants to receive a Teaching Adults To Read Series Certificate of Completion from OCTAE, US Dept of Education.

For registration or questions, please contact: Paul Heavenridge, Executive Director of LINCS Region 4 Regional Professional Development Center. EMAIL: pheaven@literacyworks.org