Cognitive Strategies for Reading

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Cognitive Strategies for Reading in the Content Areas Section 2

Dates: Thursdays, October 10, 2019 – November 21, 2019
Time: 4:30 – 7:30pm
New Visions’ Fee: $100*
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This course is designed primarily for middle and high school core content teachers (Math, Science, History, and ELA) to develop their competence in supporting their students’ reading comprehension and analysis within their subject areas through explicit instruction of active reading strategies using the “Cognitive Strategy Transfer Learning Routine.” The active reading strategies taught in this course are widely accepted in the field of literacy and referred to as “The Seven Habits of Effective Readers.” K-12 students who know and can deliberately activate these reading strategies are shown to have greater academic achievement and learner independence (Hammond, 2015; Olson et al, 2015). These cognitive strategies for literacy underlie students’ abilities to meet and exceed the discipline-specific learning standards. Gaining a deeper understanding of these cognitive strategies will increase core content area teachers’ confidence and ability to take “Shared Responsibility for Literacy Development” for all their students’ literacy and learning independence. The “Cognitive Strategy Transfer Learning Routine” (TLR) is an instructional routine designed specifically for 6-12 teachers to deliver explicit instruction of cognitive strategies and promote student ownership/internalization of the cognitive strategies to facilitate independence.

Participants who successfully complete this course will demonstrate the ability to adapt the Transfer Learning Routine by creating an authentic lesson that supports students’ reading comprehension and analysis through explicit instruction of active reading strategies.

This course will be taught by

Michelle Pizer

Michelle has been teaching science at New Visions Advanced Math and Science II in the Bronx since 2015. She is a member of the New Visions Advisory Board for Earth Science, working to align curriculum to the new New York State Science Learning Standards. Michelle has recently become TESOL certified through the Multilingual Learner Project at New Visions. She is a teacher leader for social emotional learning (SEL), and coaches teachers on incorporating SEL into their classroom environment and instruction. She holds a B.A. in environmental science and political science from SUNY Stony Brook and an M.A. in adolescent earth science education from Hunter College.


Course Location

New Visions Advanced Math and Science II
900 Tinton Ave, The Bronx, NY 10455

“I will definitely use the definitive list of cognitive strategies because it provided a structure to metacognition that I did not have in my classroom before!” Course Participant, Summer 2019

Course Fees & Registration Policies

*New Visions is covering the course fees for educators who work in a New Visions school (charter or district). See our terms & conditions page for further information regarding registering with the DOE for P-credit and other details such as our refund policy.

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