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Joan Sedita

Keys to Literacy

Joan Sedita is the founding partner of Keys to Literacy(opens in a new window), a teacher training company based in Danvers, MA specializing in grades 4-12 literacy. She has been an educator and nationally recognized teacher trainer for over 30 years. Joan worked at the Landmark School in Massachusetts for 23 years as a teacher, supervisor and principal. She was also founder of the Landmark College Preparation Program, and director of the Landmark Outreach Program. Joan was one of three Lead Trainers in MA for the NCLB Reading First Program. She is also a National LETRS author and trainer, a member of the Praxis National Reading Advisory Board, and an adjunct instructor at Fitchburg State College. Joan received her M.Ed. in Reading from Harvard University and her B.A. from Boston College. Joan has authored the following books: “The Key Three Routine: Comprehension Strategies”; LETRS Module 11 “Writing: A Road to Reading Comprehension” (co-author with Louisa Moats); “Active Learning and Study Strategies Using Kurzweil 3000”; “The Landmark Study Skills Guide”. Additional information about Joan’s publications, training, and resources can be found at the Keys to Literacy website.

Expert Q&A Questions

Interventions for Eighth Graders

What are some good interventions for students who are in the eighth grade? Do you have any good ideas for adolescents who struggle with reading?

Special Ed Assessment

I’m a special education teacher who has wavered for six years about whether to test my own son for a learning disability. He doesn’t want to be a “special” kid with “special” teachers. How do I know if it is right to test and risk my son being mad at me?

Students Behind by More than Two Grade Levels

Frequently we encounter students in the 4th grade and above who have huge gaps in their literacy skills and are two or more grade levels behind academically. How do we teach these students foundational literacy skills, word recognition, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension and what materials/resources do you recommend that do not seem babyish?

Sustained Silent Reading

Could you send me some current research which indicates that a sustained reading program benefits adolescent readers? We are having trouble in our high school with staff who do not feel that there are any benefits to the 20 minutes of sustained reading we do weekly with our students.