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NEW: The Science of Reading Webinar Series

Respected Literacy Experts Discuss Topics About
the Science of Reading

Learn from today’s pre-eminent professionals and deepen your knowledge about topics related to the science of reading with our Science of Reading Webinar Series. You will learn why the science behind learning to read is important for student success and how you can implement it in your school or district. This informative webinar series explores what the science of reading is, how it is taught, and why it is critical to teaching students to read.

Reading Science

Lucy Hart Paulson
Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson

How Executive Function Affects Early Childhood Language and Literacy Skills

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Executive function skills grow at a rapid rate during the early childhood years and provide an important foundation for language, literacy, cognitive, and social/emotional development. This session will describe strategies for helping young children develop these interconnected skills, making an important difference in their school and life success.

Attendees will learn to:

  • Describe executive function components and developmental skill expectations
  • Understand the impact of executive function skills on the other developmental domains
  • Implement evidence-based instructional strategies that facilitate the development of executive function skills in early childhood classrooms

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Carol Tolman
Dr. Carol Tolman

Phonological Awareness, Reading, and Writing: What Teachers Need to Know

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. (CT)

Although we may not always know what came first, (the chicken or the egg?), we do know what came first in the world of literacy: speech. Both reading and writing are based on speech. We use a “speech-to-print” system, not a “print-to-speech” system when decoding and encoding words. Without an understanding of the way sounds are represented in print, many students continue to function well behind their peers. Evidence exists in support of phonemic awareness and its foundational role, but what does that really mean, and how does that translate to practical applications in the classroom? Join Dr. Carol Tolman as she outlines the role of phonological awareness, what misspellings tell us about students’ misunderstandings of phonemes, and what we can do about these errors to enhance their learning.

Attendees will learn to:

  • Listen to students’ articulation errors as a window into their understanding of phonemes
  • Identify reasons for specific misspellings, leading to targeted instructional responses that improve reading and spelling
  • Articulate why subphonemic features are an important component of instruction

Hope to “see” you there!

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Susan Brady
Dr. Susan Brady

Louisa Moats
Special Guest Dr. Louisa Moats

Is the Science of Reading Influencing Mainstream Educational Practices? Not Enough.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. (CT)

Scientific study of how children learn to read has been underway in the U.S. and around the world for several decades. Much has been discovered about the language and cognitive abilities related to success or difficulty in reading, about the neurological pathways that must be developed, and about implications for instruction. Yet, unfortunately, for the most part, mainstream education has not benefitted from these important developments. Join this fascinating and enlightening discussion that will target why and how this has happened. Dr. Susan Brady will identify steps to bring the gains from science to teachers and their students.

Attendees will learn:

  1. Why the field of education is resisting and rejecting the science of reading
  2. What strategies are being used to limit or block changes in instructional practices and in teacher preparation
  3. What kinds of actions in states and schools indicate positive steps toward adopting science-based reading practices—and which do not 

The presentation will end with a discussion and question-and-answer segment with Dr. Brady and literacy expert Dr. Louisa Moats.

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Leslie Laud
Dr. Leslie Laud

Lift Overall Literacy Through Centering Writing Instruction

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Reading and writing skills are closely linked, and by understanding that fact, educators can raise literacy achievement through explicit, structured writing instruction. In this informative webinar, you will learn how to effectively teach centered writing to increase student success.

Attendees will learn:

  • The research that supports explicit, structured writing instruction
  • Strategies for planning and revision
  • Teaching self-regulation with self-talk and think alouds
  • The best way to use collaborative practice

And much more!

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Cassandra Wheeler
Cassandra Wheeler

How LETRS Professional Development Can Help Raise Literacy Achievement

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Almost all students have the cognitive capacity to read, yet America continues to experience a reading crisis. What is the root of this problem? Join Cassandra Wheeler as she explores the causes behind the national reading crisis, and shares how professional development based on the science of reading instruction can help. She will share the benefits of LETRS, authored by renowned literacy experts Dr. Louisa Moats and Dr. Carol Tolman, the flexible, professional development that provides educators with the background, depth of knowledge, and tools to teach language and literacy skills to every student.

If you are an educator looking to improve literacy in your own school or district, join this enlightening webinar to learn more about LETRS and the ways it is making a powerful impact in school districts across the country.

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Wendy Farone, Ph.D.
Dr. Wendy Farone

Bigger Kids, Bigger Words:
Reading Multisyllabic Words

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There it is, a really big word. Hmmmm, Now what? Rats! Just skip it". This is a common behavior of students who do not have a plan of action in approaching multisyllabic (big) words in their social studies, science, or other content area classes. Skipping the big words decreases comprehension of the passage. Oftentimes, reading instruction in decoding ends after second grade which leaves students to determine how to access those big words on their own--many fail the task! This webinar will show how to teach students to attack those big words and, in turn, build better understanding of what is being read.

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Patty Tong
Patty Tong

Michelle Templeton
Michelle Templeton

Louisa Moats, Ed.D.
Dr. Louisa Moats

Improving Literacy Outcomes in California Through Professional Development

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As Californians know, the state is experiencing another reckoning with reading achievement. The past decade has seen no significant improvement in reading scores and the wide gaps between racial and socioeconomic groups are not improving. Many educators are re-evaluating how to improve literacy outcomes and have expressed a need for deepening content knowledge and expertise in language and literacy.

This webinar shares the story of Elk Grove Unified School District with ELA education leaders Patty Tong and Michelle Templeton highlighting lessons learned as they successfully tackle the literacy learning problem and continue to build capacity across their large California district.

Attendees will also hear from renowned literacy expert and author of LETRS®, Dr. Louisa Moats, as she discusses the importance of professional development in changing student reading achievement, what makes effective PD content, and how teacher knowledge affects and drives student learning.

You won’t want to miss this applicable and timely presentation designed to help small and large district educators build capacity and create reading success for all their students.

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Steve Dykstra
Dr. Steve Dykstra

Using the NAEP Data Explorer to Ask Better Questions, Find Better Answers

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Every two years, the NAEP delivers a wealth of data that lets us track and compare states, groups, and subgroups across borders and time. Focusing on fourth grade reading performance, this webinar will introduce you to NAEP’s all-powerful Data Explorer, a portal that will help you to go well beyond cookie-cutter reports of state performance.

During this webinar, you will learn how to make apples-to-apples comparisons that level the playing field, track groups and subgroups, as well as look at outcomes in finer detail to uncover better answers and next questions. If a state improved, did all groups benefit? If a state declined, did it occur across the board? Is a result a trend we can see during multiple years? 

You will be able to answer those questions and more by learning how to use the NAEP Data Explorer. Venture down the rabbit hole of data analysis and see where it takes you.

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Roland Good
Dr. Roland Good

Making a Difference with Effective Dyslexia Screening

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Presented by researcher and author Dr. Roland Good, III, of Acadience® Learning, discusses the importance of using effective and efficient assessment to support students with reading difficulties, including dyslexia, for improving academic outcomes. Learning to read and write is essential for student success in school and life. Students with reading difficulties, such as dyslexia, can experience significant challenges in school and beyond if not provided with early identification and intervention. Dr. Good examines how data from dyslexia screening can be used to support students with reading difficulties through literacy professional development, explicit instruction, and targeted intensive intervention. By understanding where struggling readers are, knowing where they need to go, and planning the path they need to follow, educators can help at-risk students succeed.

Hosted by EdWeek

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Louisa Moats
Dr. Louisa Moats

Close Encounters with Students' Spelling:
What They Tell Us About Language Learning

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When they write and spell, students show us what they know and believe about spoken and written language. If we, as educators, look with an informed eye, we can readily see what needs to be taught and what that student needs to learn. Join us for this enlightening presentation during which Dr. Louisa Moats will share her unique insight and expertise as we take a close look at writing samples and explore what they tell us about students’ instructional needs.

In this informative webinar, Dr. Moats will review:

  • Theoretical frameworks for analyzing errors in developing writers’ work
  • Signs of underdeveloped phoneme awareness
  • How to recognize what students do and do not know about vowel and consonant spellings
  • How to recognize what students do and do not know about suffixes and other morphemes
  • Why and how we can teach language through spelling and writing

For the topics presented, attendees will learn best practices and new targets of instruction.

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Roland Good
Dr. Roland Good

Improving Reading Outcomes Through Goal Setting and Progress Monitoring

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A student who begins the year at the cut point and does not make progress is unlikely to achieve subsequent grade level outcomes without additional support. With that in mind, every educator will find value in this useful and timely presentation by author of Acadience® Reading (DIBELS Next®). Dr. Good outlines and explores strategies and resources to help educators improve reading outcomes using efficient monitoring and reasonable goal setting.

Dr. Good walks attendees through applicable steps to:

  • Set progress monitoring goals that represent meaningful, ambitious, and attainable outcomes
  • Support making data-based decisions in real-time to modify instructional support
  • Characterize and evaluate the growth made by all students 
  • Learn about useful technology for setting meaningful, attainable, and ambitious goals
  • Practice setting goals and discuss student progress decisions

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Lucy Hart Paulson
Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson

Pamela Kastner
Dr. Pamela Kastner

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Purposeful Play and Playful Learning

Play has long been considered an important contributor to children’s learning and development. How does your understanding of play match up with cognitive research and how play contributes to children’s learning? Join us for this enlightening session where two early childhood experts share the scientific findings about play development and evidence-based approaches for incorporating playful teaching and planful play into early childhood settings.

Attendees will learn:

  • The stages and characteristics of play types and development
  • The conditions for play to contribute to young children’s learning
  • New ways to incorporate playful instruction and purposeful play into everyday classroom routines
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Wendy Farone, Ph.D.
Dr. Wendy Farone

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Dyslexia: The Myths and the Mysteries

There are many myths and untruths surrounding the issue of dyslexia, including who is at risk of reading failure. This enlightening session will unpack the definition of dyslexia and clarify some of the ongoing mysteries surrounding how to serve students who struggle with reading acquisition inside school systems.

Attendees will learn to:

  • Identify critical components of the term dyslexia
  • Differentiate between true and false facts about dyslexia 
  • Explain instructional implications of learning difficulties/disabilities in literacy acquisition
  • Create an implementation plan to put these ideas into practice

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