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In Case You Missed It: What We Learned at the Voyager Sopris Learning Literacy Symposium

by Carol Tolman on Sep 13, 2018

  • Common Core
  • Dyslexia
  • ELL
  • Literacy
  • Literacy Symposium
  • Professional Development
Carol Tolman

By Dr. Carol Tolman, LETRS co-author and international literacy expert


Teacher expertise is the key to unlocking student potential. Programs don’t teach students, teachers do. To that end, educators and administrators are encouraged to “read the research,” something I try to abide by daily. This is no easy task. With the onslaught of information in print and online, how can educators prioritize what’s relevant and valid? Most importantly, how do we find the time to keep up with it all? So, in case you missed it, here’s my favorite summer ‘read:’ the Voyager Sopris Learning® 2018 Literacy Symposium.

Each summer, Dr. Louisa Moats and I excitedly invite distinguished national and international speakers to address current topics in the field of education. Our goal is two-fold: improve educators’ expertise and bridge the gap in research to practice. The Literacy Symposium is the highlight of my summer.

As in previous years, the 2018 Symposium did not disappoint. Are you concerned about how new dyslexia laws will impact your school, district, or state? Listen to Jack Fletcher speak to the importance of accurate, early identification of students with dyslexia.

Are you overwhelmed when choosing programs or assessments? Listen to David Liben discuss the three shifts of complexity, evidence, and knowledge in the Common Core State Standards, information that allowed his team to transform inner-city Harlem schools.

And, listen to state experts from the Ohio LETRS® project discuss their districts’ growth, providing detailed guidance about what made the difference for all students’ success.

Are you interested in ELL? Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan makes the case for considering seven factors that influence their language and academic development.

Is teaching writing your focus? William Van Cleave does a stellar job of walking through the importance of syntax, including ‘what-to-do-tomorrow’ advice steeped in solid research.

From Early Childhood, to theoretical underpinnings, to analyzing instructional materials, it’s all discussed.

Even if you missed it, the 2018 Literacy Symposium is available to you now. Access is affordable and simple—Register today and receive 25 hours of on-demand content.

I hope you make time to experience this wonderful resource.

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