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Wendy Farone, Ph.D.
Dr. Wendy Farone
National Educational Consultant
Middle School: A Return to Learning and Literacy Success
July 29, 2020

After time away from live classroom instruction and what middle schoolers knew as the “norm,” how can we make the transition back to school easier, to engage students in learning immediately, and to effectively create literacy success for all students?

  • Learning Loss
  • middle school
  • Remote Learning
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Sally Valenzuela
Educational Consultant
Five Tips for Writing Your Own Technology-Enhanced Items
June 24, 2020

Writing your own items is one way to gather evidence from students about their knowledge and skills. This evidence can support inferences you make about student learning to help with decisions about the next unit of instruction, placement in learning groups, needs for remediation, and other classroom choices. For writing TEIs, there are some special considerations. Here are five tips to writing your own TEIs.

  • Assessment
  • technology
Claude Goldenberg, PhD
Dr. Claude Goldenberg
Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education, Emeritus, Graduate School of Education at Stanford University
Is Literacy Instruction for English Learners Different from Literacy Instruction for English Speakers?
June 8, 2020

Learning to read in a language you are simultaneously learning to speak and understand is more complicated than learning to read in a language you already know. This is the challenge faced by millions of English learners (ELs) whose English proficiency is low and school achievement generally poor. What do we know about teaching English learners to read and write and develop as English readers and writers?

  • ELL
  • Literacy
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Jay Connor
Founder and Chief Executive of Learning Ovations, Inc
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Dr. Sarah Siegal
Vice President for Research and Practice at Learning Ovations
What have researchers learned since the 'Science of Reading?’
May 28, 2020

Presentations, webinars, discussions, and blogs about the “Science of Reading” seem to be everywhere these days. These sessions, often with Emily Hanford’s work at the center, cover so much groundbreaking information and generate a lot of empowering conversations, making it all the more exciting to watch the momentum surrounding this topic build. However, these sessions often end with two questions still unanswered in our minds.

  • Literacy
  • Literacy Symposium
  • Science of Reading
Mary Dahlgren
Dr. Mary Dahlgren
Author and Literacy Expert
Implementing a Sound Wall: Because We Need to Distinguish Between Sounds and Letters
May 20, 2020

Sound walls are becoming more common in classrooms thanks to a clearer understanding of the science of reading. We need to understand why a sound wall is set up differently than an A–Z alphabetical word wall and how to use a sound wall effectively to elevate daily instruction during Tier 1 by reviewing the 44 speech sounds and the options for spelling each of the sounds.

  • Literacy
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Science of Reading
Pam Kastner, Ed.D
Dr. Pam Kastner
Educational Consultant at the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) Harrisburg
Phonological 'PH'oundations: Clarifying the Essential 'PH' terms to Maximize Instruction
May 14, 2020

In the years since the National Reading Panel (NRP, 2000) identified essential components for teaching reading and likely long before, the “PH” terms, phonemic awareness and phonics have often been confused, conflated, and used interchangeably. Yet it is essential to have a common language and a deep understanding of each of these terms to maximize instruction.

  • Literacy
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Reading Instruction