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The Secret to Tier 1 Instruction: Critical things students teach themselves and how to promote that process-Middle

  • Trevecca Nazarene University, Tarter Student Activity Center 333 Murfreesboro Pike Nashville, TN, 37210 United States (map)

Please join TOSS and our Platinum Partner Renaissance/myON for a day of training on Tier 1 instruction and literacy.  

According to leadership guru Jim Collins, “The real path to greatness requires simplicity and diligence” and that we learn “to eliminate all of the extraneous distractions.” But where exactly is one to focus?  What are the most essential elements of effective schooling?

Please join us as we share insights on achieving student growth from Daniel Willingham's newest book, The Reading Mind; Mike Schmoker's landmark work, Focus; data from PISA and NAEP; and insights from a variety of other researchers including the Education Endowment Foundation (UK). 

In particular we will deeply explore a previously unconsidered phase of literacy acquisition that holds the promise of transforming what we accomplish in terms of student literacy.

SPEAKERS: Dr. Gene Kerns; Dr. Jan Bryan


During this full day, we will cover the following topics: 

  • Why so many students stop progressing substantially in reading beyond Grade 4, and what to do about it 

  • Emerging concepts from cognitive science that are providing new insights into literacy acquisition

  • How students actually teach themselves essential elements of literacy, if their teachers create the right conditions

  • The most efficient way to build a robust vocabulary

  • The undeniable but often overlooked role of background knowledge in literacy

Don't miss out on this incredible training opportunity!  

Attendees will receive 7 hours of TASL credit for this event.