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Basic Literacy Instruction

Training and support for tutors and teachers working with students reading and writing below an 8th grade level.

We’ve identified three areas of need and have designed webinars to address each. Throughout all three topics, we will also address working in a multilevel class or group and converting in-person teaching strategies to distance learning.


Effective Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension to Adult Learners
October 20, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm EST
This webinar features evidence-based practices for teaching pre-reading, during reading and post-reading strategies with a focus on the importance of contextualized learning, vocabulary building and building background knowledge. Participants will leave with practical, easy-to-use activities along with recommended resources to increase learners' understanding of what they read.

Registration for coaching sessions will be sent via email after the webinar.


Effective Strategies for Teaching Writing to Basic Literacy Adult Learners
January 26, 2023, 1:00-2:00 pm EST
This webinar features evidence-based practices for developing writing skills with adult learners, as well as strategies for using writing to boost reading comprehension. Participants will leave with practical, easy-to-use writing activities along with recommended resources to increase learners' writing composition and mechanics.

Registration for coaching sessions will be sent via email after the webinar.


Effective Strategies for Working With Low-Level Basic Literacy Learners
April 13, 2023, 1:00-2:00 pm EST
This webinar features evidence-based practices for supporting low-level basic literacy students as they develop their reading and writing skills. Participants will leave with practical, easy-to-use activities along with recommended resources specifically selected to provide low-level students with the support they need to be successful.

Registration for coaching sessions will be sent via email after the webinar.


About the Presenter

Ann Marie BaxterAnn Marie Barter is an educator with over 30 years of experience in teaching, training, curriculum development, and administration in Maine and Illinois. She currently implements new family literacy programs for Catholic Extension after previously serving as the Senior Director of Curriculum and Training for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Ann Marie gained extensive expertise in standards-based education and evaluation practices, curriculum development, and professional development while serving as Distinguished Educator for the Maine Department of Education, as a National Trainer and Coach for the United States Department of Education’s Student Achievement in Reading initiative, and as an instructor of continuing education and graduate level courses for the Center for Adult Learning and Literacy at the University of Maine, Orono.

Ann Marie is a past recipient of the Maine State Director’s Award for Outstanding Leadership and the Maine Adult Education Association’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern Maine and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.