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ReLeah Lent, Consulting Author

ReLeah Lent, Consulting Author

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Speaking Topics

  • Embrace the best of Common Core: Coaxing reluctant learners into engagement and achievement
  • Literacy learning communities: PLCs with a literacy twist
  • Engagement: The key to learning
  • Reading for meaning in the content areas
  • Writing to learn across the content areas
  • Engaging adolescents "on the edge" in literacy
  • Picture this! Increase comprehension, vocabulary and background knowledge with picture books in content-area classes
  • Student study groups: Collaborative learning across the curriculum
  • Facing challenges and censorship: Keeping books in the hands of readers
  • In-depth, on-site professional learning with long-range planning

Speaker Profile

ReLeah Cossett Lent was a middle and high school teacher before becoming a founding member of a statewide literacy project at the University of Central Florida. She is now an international consultant, writing and speaking about adolescent literacy, Common Core, and school leadership.

ReLeah's work with Jimmy Santiago Baca, award-winning poet and writer, led to a book and CD for reaching at-risk adolescents, Adolescents on the Edge, Stories and Lessons to Transform Learning. She has also written Engaging Adolescent Learners and Literacy Learning Communities. ReLeah's first two books, co-authored with Gloria Pipkin and published by Heinemann won the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Award and the NCTE/Slate Intellectual Freedom Award. ReLeah was also the recipient of the PEN/Newman's Own First Amendment Award. You can find her at

Grades: 6–12