The Resilient Adolescent Reader

3 graduate credits: Saint Michael’s College
Dates: July 5 – Aug. 19, 2023
Contact Hours: 6 modules,  50+ online hours
Intended audience: teachers of grades 6-12
Instructor:  Lisa V. Driver, Ed. D.
Cost: $1,575 with 3 credits / $900 without credits
Location: Virtual

Course Description: Teachers play an instrumental role in fostering successful reading experiences for adolescent readers, especially for those that struggle with the reading demands in middle/high school.  A resilient reader is a reader, even in the face of ongoing adversity, who shows up every day in our classrooms to learn. They may appear apathetic and unmotivated, but in reality, they crave and deserve success in reading. Strengthen the resiliency of your struggling readers as we learn, revise, adjust, and grow our approach to help ALL learners. Topics addressed in this course include differentiation strategies, building fluency skills, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension strategies for adolescent readers. Participants will learn about the profile of a resilient reader.  We will explore ways to revise perspectives about adolescent readers.  We will learn how to adjust our teaching practice and curriculum to meet their daily needs in our classrooms. And most importantly, participants will grow their practice, working together to share different strategies, activities, ideas, resources, and tips that can help our adolescent readers find success and joy!

This fully online course will allow participants to understand the struggling adolescent reader more completely and how to help them succeed.  All participants will use a cloud-hosted Learning Management System to gain new content information, contribute to large group and strand discussions, hand in and share assignments, and discuss readings, slide shows, & videos.



Lisa V. Driver, EdD, PLL Literacy Consultant

Lisa V. Driver

Lisa has been an educator for over 35 years in Vermont schools as a middle school teacher, literacy coach, literacy interventionist, and literacy coordinator. In 1993 she was named a UVM Outstanding Teacher for the FWSU Supervisory Union. Lisa completed her doctoral studies in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont in the spring of 2010. Throughout her career, she has worked to develop high-quality adolescent literacy instruction with a particular emphasis on struggling readers and writers. She has a passion for providing literacy instruction to ALL students. Lisa is currently a literacy consultant for Partnerships in Literacy and Learning. She lives in Georgia, Vermont, with her husband spending springtime making VT maple syrup!