Improving Adolescents’ Reading Comprehension

Grades 4-12
September 28, 2017

  • Presented by:
    Sarah Lupo
  • Registration Fee:
    $139 ( $189 for non-members)
  • Location:
    Emmet Street Holiday Inn, Charlottesville

Event Details

This workshop will focus on how to improve comprehension for students in upper elementary, middle and high school, including those who traditionally struggle with literacy. Sarah Lupo will share theory and research about text complexity and instructional methods for teaching comprehension as well as what the research reveals about how to improve students’ overall comprehension ability. Participants will then be led through a series of activities grounded in the research that teachers can then utilize with their students to help improve their comprehension. Additionally, the participants will learn about the latest research-based best practices for improving comprehension, including how to select texts that balance the level of challenge in order to maximize comprehension growth for all learners. The presenter will also discuss how to differentiate instructional practices to support students who are ELL’s (English Language Learners) as well as students with disabilities, so that all students can develop the literacy skills necessary to enable them to be successful in both school and life.  


Grades 4-12

English and Content Teachers (Grades 4-12), Literacy Leaders, Reading Specialists, ELL Specialists, and Special Education Teachers


Sarah Lupo (James Madison University)

Dr. Sarah Lupo, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the area of literacy instruction at James Madison University. As a former teacher, Sarah has worn many hats, including ESL teacher, Language Arts Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Content Area Literacy Coach. She has taught in many places including Phoenix, Washington DC, Charlottesville, and Istanbul, Turkey. Her research investigates ways to improve comprehension and vocabulary instruction for all students, including English Language Learners and students who struggle with academic literacies.  Sarah also works with schools and districts across Virginia to improve literacy instruction from grades K-12 with an emphasis on ongoing, embedded PD through developing school and district literacy experts.

Event Schedule

Conference Runs from 9:00 a.m.  -  3:30 p.m.

Registration and Breakfast Begin at 8:00 a.m.

Lunch will be served at noon.

All registered participants will receive an email with event details in the week before the conference is held.

Registration Details

The conference fee is $139 for each participant who is member of a school division which is a member of VSUP/VaSCL. 

The registration fee for participants from Non-Member school divisions is $189 .

Registration fees include breakfast and lunch, as well as parking and internet access.

The registration deadline is September 22, 2017.

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Once you have submitted the registration, the person or people whom you have designated to receive a confirmation email should see that email (with registration information included) within 24 hours.

Pre-Payment is not required for participation.

After the conference has been held, an invoice will be emailed to the person identified in Billing Information on the Conference Registration Form for each participant.

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Registration Fee

$139   ( $189 for non-members)

Hotel Information

1901 Emmet Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901

(434) 977-7700

VSUP/VaSCL room rate.
VSUP / VaSCL Special Rate: $109
Call 434-977-7700 and ask for the VSUP / VaSCL room rate and provide the following VaSCL / VSUP Rate Code: IX9K5.

Or use the LINK below to make your reservation at the special VSUP / VaSCL room rate.


Contact VSUP/VaSCL

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September 28, 2017
Improving Adolescents’ Reading Comprehension
Emmet Street Holiday Inn, Charlottesville