Strengthening Secondary Struggling Readers: Designing Responsive Reading Instruction

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Last Date to Register: 6/29/2022 12:01 AM
Last Date to Cancel: 8/22/2022 12:01 AM
Agency: CESA 6
Agency Contact: Erin Schilling
Agency Assistant: Amy Ruppert 920-236-0562
Location Facility Date Time Notes
Oshkosh Convention Center
2 N. Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Paul L. Conference Room 9/21/2022 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Best Western Premier Waterfront Oshkosh
1 N Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Athearn Ballroom 11/10/2022 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Oshkosh Convention Center
2 N. Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Paul L. Conference Room 2/13/2023 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Oshkosh Convention Center
2 N. Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Paul L. Conference Room 4/13/2023 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM


Strengthening Struggling Secondary Readers: 
Designing Responsive Reading Instruction for Students who Struggle

An Institute and Service Package for District Teams

Teachers, do you find yourself endlessly modifying texts and tasks because some students struggle to independently read what you include in your instruction?  Do you know, specifically, what barriers are keeping these students from reading successfully?  Join us and let’s find out!

This service will provide your district or school team with insights, tools, resources, and knowledge to develop actionable ways to address the struggle– not just work around it.  With a hybrid learning and coaching approach, you will have the opportunity to both develop routines and practices to help secondary struggling readers grow and put them into practice with “in your building” support from Literacy Center coaches.

Facilitated by:

Erin Loritz
Literacy Consultant
Elizabeth Mintie
Literacy Consultant

Jenny Kager
Literacy Consultant






Who should be on your district or school team?

Secondary Teachers: 

  • Secondary English Language Arts Teachers

  • Reading Specialists

  • Secondary Reading Interventionists

  • Secondary Special Education Teachers

District / School Leaders: 

  • Literacy Coaches

  • Middle and High School Principals

  • Directors of Curriculum and Instruction


4 Learning Sessions (in-person)
Oshkosh Convention Center
1 N. Main Street, Oshkosh 54904

Session 1- September 21, 2022

Topic: Understanding the Reading Process- Where and how things commonly go wrong

  • Decoding, fluency, and comprehension
  • The Science of Reading

  • Masks students wear to hide their confusion

  • Dyslexia myths and misunderstandings

  • Engagement, motivation, and self-fulfilling prophecy

  • Common coping strategies teachers may see in secondary students

Session 2- November 10, 2022

Topic: Identifying struggling readers and Designing Responsive Instruction

  • Options for schools with and without screening tools

  • How to determine/diagnose a student’s specific needs

  • How to design specific instruction for student(s) based on their specific needs

Session 3- February 13, 2023

Topic: Support for Students in the Classroom (ELA and other content areas)

  • Text selection (when to use grade-level vs. independent/instructional leveled texts)

  • High-leverage strategies that strengthen students’ skills as readers

  • Strategies that make text and tasks accessible to students at all levels (UDL)

  • Considerations for unit design including differentiated planning for struggling readers

Session 4- April 13, 2023

Topic: System-wide considerations and building a systemic plan for Identifying and Servicing Struggling Readers

  • Supporting readers in the greater RtI system

  • Using I/E times, resource times, etc. effectively

  • Special education partnerships

Oshkosh Convention Center
1 N. Main Street, Oshkosh 54904

4 Site-Based Coaching Sessions

On-site support with a CESA 6 Literacy Consultant for coaching teachers, observing students, co-assessment.
Dates will be scheduled by the district with the Literacy Consultant.


Teams will receive:

  • “If...Then” Scenarios for identifying student need(s) and what to do about them

  • A Padlet of important research and readings 

  • Toolkit of High-Leverage Strategies

  • Adolescent and YA (Young Adult) book recommendations (for readers who struggle)

  • Systemic Planning Tools to create a system of support in your school for readers who struggle

Service Package Costs:

  • 4 Team Members: $6,950*
  • 6-8 Team Members: $9,550*
  • 9-12 Team Members: $12,950*

* Plus travel expenses for non-CESA 6 school districts.

Want to register a larger team? Contact Amy for pricing details.

Questions?  Please contact:

Erin Loritz
Literacy Consultant

Elizabeth Mintie
Literacy Consultant

Jenny Kager
Literacy Consultant
Amy Ruppert
Program Assistant
(920) 759-1393
(920) 651-3507

(920) 236-0883

(920) 236-0562








CESA 6 makes every effort to accommodate basic dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten free and basic food allergies. Because of the number of meals served and the number of items used each day, along with food product changes from our food vendors, we cannot guarantee that every allergen in the food served will be identified and labeled. Guests concerned with food allergies must be aware of this risk. CESA 6 does not assume liability for adverse reactions to food consumed or items one may come into contact with while eating at a CESA 6 event. To better serve our guests with dietary restrictions or allergies, please go into your myQuickReg account and update the special accommodations section. Notice of a special dietary need must be made in advance of the event.

Cancellation Policy:

Any registration cancellation must be received at least 8 business days before event in order for a full conference fee refund to be issued (full refunds do not include service fees. Service fees are nonrefundable).Registration cancellations received 1-7 business days before an event, a refund, minus $50 for each participant, will be issued. Persons who are registered, but not in attendance on the day of the session ("no call, no show") will be charged the full registration fee. CESA 6 reserves the right to cancel any session due to insufficient enrollment. Participants will be notified by email if a cancellation occurs.

Note: Cancellation policies are subject to change based on event.