Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Event Details

What Did I Just Read? Improving Educators' Abilities to Improve Students' Reading Comprehension

Date: January 31, 2014

Time: 9:00AM to 3:00PM

Location: Room 241, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/One Magnolia Circle Building

Registration Closed

What Did I Just Read? Improving Educators' Abilities to Improve Students' Reading Comprehension

Jan. 31, 2014, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Location: Room 241 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/One Magnolia Circle Building

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This one-day workshop will cover current research considering the underlying causes of reading comprehension difficulties and evidence-based practices for increasing students’ ability to understand what they read. The current state of classroom comprehension instruction will be discussed, and a number of research-based methods focusing on vocabulary development, comprehension strategies, inference generation, knowledge building, and meta-cognition will be presented. Participants will learn frameworks for considering how to put these evidence-based methods together to provide effective comprehension lessons for struggling readers. Participants will also explore issues surrounding text complexity and will learn practical tips on how to better match readers and texts.

Speaker Info:

Amy Elleman, Ph.D.

Dr. Elleman received her Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis in reading comprehension from Vanderbilt University. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary and Special Education at Middle Tennessee State University. Her research interests include understanding the contributions of knowledge building, vocabulary, and inference generation in the process of reading comprehension. Current projects include evaluating the validity of current reading comprehension tests, conducting a meta-analysis of comprehension interventions, and developing a method for teaching inference generation to children who struggle with extracting meaning from text.


$75 for professionals
$25 for students

Registration will remain open until Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, or until capacity is reached. Registration costs include breakfast, lunch, parking voucher for Central Garage on the Medical Center campus, and workshop materials. You will receive an email approximately one week before the conference confirming your registration and details for parking.

UPDATE: Registration is at capacity and has been closed.


  • 8:30-9:00 a.m.: Registration
  • 9:00-10:30 a.m.: Underlying Causes of Reading Comprehension Difficulties
  • 10:45-11:45 a.m.: Text Complexity and Matching Texts to Readers
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch small group discussion
  • 1:00-3:00 p.m.: Evidence-Based Practices for Comprehension


  • Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
  • Vanderbilt Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (LEND) Program
  • Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

For more information, contact the Language Lab.