Improving Education
for Every Learner

Summer Conference


June 15, 2017— 8:30am-3:00pm

Xenos Conference Center 1394 Community Park Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43229

Disciplinary Literacy: Learning through doing within content areas

The literacy paradigm has shifted—again!—but this time the shift makes sense, especially for content-area teachers. The buzz-phrase “reading and writing across the disciplines” has been replaced with the more meaningful termdisciplinary literacy: reading, writing, speaking, reasoning, and doing within the disciplines. “Strategies” have morphed into disciplinary tools that deepen student involvement and understanding in all subject areas. When students learn to use literacy in the way experts do, they solve problems, ask questions, make decisions, discuss topics, and develop a depth of knowledge that truly sticks. Join ReLeah Cossett Lent as she demonstrates how content-area literacy can transform teaching and learning.  

Now an international consultant, ReLeah Cossett Lent was a secondary public school teacher before becoming a founding member of a literacy initiative at the University of Central Florida. While there, she created protocols for and implemented professional literacy leadership teams in schools and districts across Florida. Since that time, she has help schools and districts create customized disciplinary literacy professional communities through residencies and workshops. ReLeah has authored ten books on education and has been published in numerous journals, including Educational Leadership, the Journal of Staff Development, and NCTE’s English Journal as well as being a frequent speaker for these organizations and in many schools and districts. Her latest book titles include This is Disciplinary Literacy: Reading, Writing, Thinking and Doing. . .Content Area by Content Area (Corwin, 2016), Common Core CPR: What about the Adolescents Who Struggle. . .or Just Don’t Care? (Corwin, 2013) and Overcoming Textbook Fatigue (ASCD, 2012). ReLeah is the recipient of both NCTE and ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Award, in addition to being honored with the PEN First Amendment Award in 1999. In 2013 she received state education awards from Wisconsin and Florida.

Check out her latest article Disciplinary Literacy: A Shift that Makes Sense

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