On Feb. 23, Dr. Rachael Flynn-Hopper (Education) and Belmont University Reading Specialist and M.Ed. alumna Stacey Elkins were the keynote speakers for the spring meeting of North Central Reading Association (NCRA), an organization made of teachers, reading specialists and literacy coaches in Sumner and Robertson counties. They presented a session on vocabulary development in the elementary classroom that included strategies, research, and practical ideas for teaching vocabulary. In addition, Dr. Flynn-Hopper hosted and was the keynote speaker for the spring meeting of Middle Tennessee Reading Association (MTRA), an organization made of teachers, reading specialists and literacy coaches in the Middle Tennessee region. Her presentation addressed the use of expository books in the classroom as a way to complement fictional texts as well as presented strategies to improve comprehension of these types of texts.
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