Comprehension & Fluency PD with Dr Mary Dahlgren

  • 09:00 AM
  • NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre. Level 1, 23 - 33 Mary Street, Surry Hills
  • 02 9739 6277 or em:

Background Knowledge Increases Fluency – Prior knowledge helps you to learn new knowledge

  • The first part of our day around comprehension is designed to focus on the relationship between listening and reading comprehension. The Simple View of Reading describes reading comprehension as the product of word recognition and listening comprehension. We will look at how these contributions to reading comprehension change over time.
  • Fluency plays a role in comprehension allowing the reader to access meaning-based representations of written words. We will discuss the different levels of language involved in teaching comprehension from decoding to word meanings, the syntax and construction of sentences, and the discourse level.
  • As we advance to higher-level language our schema increases and becomes more elaborate which allows for monitoring of comprehension. A skilled reader understands how the focus should change based on text structure and enhance the ability to make inferences.


Presented by Dr Mary Dahlgren

Dr Dahlgren, Ed.D. is president of MED Consulting and Tools 4 Reading USA. Dr. Dahlgren is currently leading a project working with 8 other literacy coaches in Oklahoma which has provided coaching and professional development for over 100 schools.

Mary has worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, professional development provider and consultant to numerous school districts and State Departments of Education in 28 states.

Dahlgren is the author of Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction, a course designed to give teachers hands-on and engaging instructional strategies required for meeting the standards for the teaching of reading.


Event Details

WHEN: 9am to 4pm, Thursday, 1 November 2018.  Registration from 8.30am.

WHERE: NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre. Level 1, 23 – 33 Mary Street, Surry Hills

COST:  SPELD Tutors $215, SPELD Members $240, Non-members $275

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Completing this event will contribute to 6 hours of NESA Registered PD for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW


SPELD NSW has a ‘no refund’ policy. The exception is if the event had to be cancelled. Registration can be transferred if required. Please advise us of any changes.



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