Reading Comprehension Workshop

With Nationally Recognized Author and Educator Tanny McGregor

August 30th, 2018
Longwood University Campus
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $99.00

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Registration is now CLOSED. For questions, please contact: Dr. Jeannine Perry at

Participants will receive:
  • Recertification Points
  • Lunch
  • Free copy of the Comprehension Connections book
About the Author

Internationally-known teacher and conference speaker Tanny McGregor brings nearly 30 years of professional experience to her popular sessions. Her workshops are known for their creative and engaging style. Originally an elementary school teacher, Tanny has served as a literacy coach, gifted intervention specialist, and preK-12 staff developer. She is the author of three books, Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading (Heinemann, 2007), Genre Connections: Lessons to Launch Literary and Nonfiction Texts (Heinemann, 2013), and her newest release, Ink & Ideas: Sketchnotes for Engagement, Comprehension, and Thinking (Heinemann, 2018). Tanny was also a contributor to the seminal work, Comprehension Going Forward: Where We Are/What’s Next (Heinemann, 2011). In addition to writing and consulting, Tanny serves as a teacher on special assignment for West Clermont Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio. She and her husband Miles have four daughters and two grandsons. Follow her on Twitter @TannyMcG!

To find out more about Tanny McGregor, go to:

Her Books

Comprehension Connections-Grades: K-6th

Genre Connections-Grades: K-6th

Comprehension Going Forward-Grades: K-12th

Ink & Ideas, SketchNotes-To be released in November, 2018









About the Workshop

Inferring, determining importance, synthesizing. It’s not easy to teach these abstract thinking strategies, yet research tells us that by teaching kids to think, we are offering them access to the world. Fortunately, Tanny McGregor has developed visual, tangible, everyday lessons that make abstract thinking concrete.

Tanny’s bestselling book, Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading, is a guide to developing children’s ability to fully understand texts by making the thinking process achievable, accessible, and incremental. In this workshop, participants will learn how to sequence their teaching to take students from a fun object lesson to a nuanced and lasting understanding of text. Art, music, and movement are incorporated into a supportive structure that reinforces the thinking strategies on a variety of levels. Teachers will learn to launch units and create lessons that provide for explicit teaching and value student thinking. Comprehension Connections can be used as a practical resource to support best practice across the school day.

As an added bonus, this workshop will culminate with a special “micro-session” about visual notetaking. We’ll take what we’ve learned and apply it with sketchnoting, a versatile thinking tool that provides choice, boosts engagement, and invites deeper comprehension. You’ll learn how to get started as a sketchnoter, how to launch this practice with students, and see how teachers across grade levels have welcomed sketchnoting into their instructional repertoires.

Workshop Goals:

• To design lessons that foster student engagement and high-level thinking
• To refine the teaching of thinking strategies, making it visual, incremental, and accessible
• To align current research with everyday instruction, building bridges between the concrete and abstract


Want more on reading comprehension?
Here are some tips!

Making connections to prior knowledge

Reading is an integration of the written word, the knowledge and experiences the reader has in her mind, and the influence of the world around both.

Author Tanny McGregor, in Comprehension Connections, has students make a ‘reading salad’ showing them concretely how both the words we read and the thoughts we think while reading blend together to help us find meaning.

If a reader is not able to make connections with her prior knowledge and experiences to what is being read, comprehension will not take place.
How can you help readers make connections?  Come to our workshop or take our $99.00 Reading Comprehension class online!


Questioning is described as “the strategy that propels readers forward” by authors Harvey & Goudvis in Strategies that work: Teaching Comprehension for Engagement, Understanding, and Building Knowledge, Grades K-8.

As we read, we ask questions and then we read to find the answers to those questions.

Find out how you can help young readers learn to ask questions as they read when you attend our workshop or or take our $99.00 Reading Comprehension class online!

Determining Importance

Teachers, have you ever asked students to use a highlighter to indicate the most important parts of a reading and had students highlight everything, or nothing at all?

Inferring and Predicting

Inferring is “reading between the lines” or using clues to understand what the author meant but didn’t explicitly say in the text.  A prediction is just an inference made before we read based on clues like pictures, titles and headings, and of course our own prior knowledge.