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Literacy Center Webinar: Using Text Sets to Differentiate Instruction
April 7, 2021 @ 10:30 am–11:30 am
April 7, 2021
10:30-11:30 am CST
Dr. Elizabeth Donlon
Webinar, “Using Text Sets to Differentiate Instruction”
Ideal for elementary teachers or parents, this one-hour virtual professional development session will explore the beauty of using a variety of text types and genres to make content accessible to a wide range of learners.
This webinar will explore how to create a text set in an elementary classroom in order to help students build knowledge around a concept. Text sets include a range of text types and various forms of qualitative and quantitative text complexity, which makes them an efficient way to differentiate instruction and increase student motivation. Text sets are built by considering the level of text and the instructional strategy which will be paired with the use of the text (for example, shared reading, read-aloud, small group reading, independent reading). The webinar will also include example text sets and suggestions for use in the classroom. Time will be given at the end for Q&A.
All registrants will receive a link to the recorded webinar for later viewing, as well as a personalized PD certificate.
About the Presenter
Elizabeth Donlon, Ed.D.
Ed.D., Lipscomb University
M.Ed., Lipscomb University
B.S., Vanderbilt University
Betsy Donlon attended Vanderbilt University (B.S. Elementary Education and Human and Organizational Development) and Lipscomb University (M.Ed. Instructional Leadership and Ed.D. Learning Organizations and Strategic Change). She completed her student teaching in Cambridge, England, and taught 1st, 2nd, and 5th grades, and served as Assistant Principal and Principal at a small Catholic school in north Nashville. Her Masters thesis topic was on brain-based activities in the classroom and their influence on students’ reading comprehension, and her doctoral research centered on the effect of community involvement in schools on school climate and student achievement.
Dr. Donlon teaches Methods in Teaching Language Arts, Social Studies, and Culture, Children’s Literature, Speech, and Drama, Methods of Instruction for Secondary Teachers, and Modes of Instruction. She also supervises student teachers and job-embedded practice candidates and serves as edTPA Coordinator. Dr. Donlon is the coordinator for the School of Education Literacy Center, with the mission to engage teacher candidates in literacy instruction best practices.
Dr. Donlon is a native Nashvillian, and married to David (Geometry teacher at St. Cecilia Academy) and has 3 children — Mollie, Jack, and Thomas.