Close Up on Meaning Making

Close Up on Meaning Making (K-8)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This program is scheduled as a face-to-face classroom training during the Fall 2020 semester, but may be moved online due to future recommendations for distance learning due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Any updates will be posted on this page and all enrolled students will be notified by email of any anticipated curtailments.

Teach Close Reading, Close Looking, and Close Listening to Build Understanding and Encourage Children’s Engagement with Texts and Talk

The term ‘close reading’ is a contemporary darling of education jargon, and the practice of close reading has mostly been used in service of test prep and finding evidence to answer text-based questions. However, authentic and child-initiated close reading can lead to deeper thinking and stronger talk about books.

In this workshop, Kathy will show participants how to become closer readers, and present a myriad of skills you can teach children so they get more out of texts and conversations. In addition to considering close reading of written texts, Kathy will share ideas for transferring the principles to visual literacy. Participants will leave changed as readers themselves. Leave with practical classroom ideas you can implement immediately to change the readers you teach.

Instructor Bios


Close Up on Meaning Making (K-8)

  • Kathy Collins

    Kathy Collins presents at conferences and works in schools all over the world to support teachers in developing high-quality, effective literacy instruction in the early childhood settings and elementary school grades. She is the co-author, along with Janine Bempechat of Not This But That: No More Mindless Homework (Heinemann, 2017). She also co-authored, with Matt Glover, I Am Reading: Nurture Meaning-Making and Joyful Engagement with Texts (Heinemann, 2015). Kathy’s other books include Reading for Real: Teach Children to Read With Power, Intention, and Joy in K-3 Classrooms (Stenhouse, 2008) and Growing Readers: Units of Study in Primary Classrooms (Stenhouse, 2004). Kathy has worked closely with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, and she was a first-grade teacher in Brooklyn, New York. Kathy and her family live in Durham, New Hampshire.

09:00am - 03:30pm
Portsmouth - 231 Corporate Drive
Kathy Collins
169.00 Tuition (includes lunch)