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The Challenges of Teaching Literacy

by Carrie Doom on May 29, 2018

  • Literacy
  • Literacy Symposium
Dr. Carrie Doom

Conquer Those Challenges with our Literacy Symposium



In the scope of a school year, it’s difficult to fill the cups of educators to support and refine knowledge of teaching literacy. Still, professionals require professional development.

The reality of our current educational landscape is 31 percent of fourth grade students struggle to read at basic levels, according to National Assessment of Educational Progress.   

Unfortunately, the science of reading is not explored fully in teacher preparation coursework. Spear-Sweling & Brucker (2004) note that fewer than 10 percent of licensed, practicing teachers could correctly answer questions about the role of phoneme awareness, fluency, and context use in proficient reading prior to intensive coursework. Ensuring teachers have the knowledge and skills to meet students’ needs is the best investment for any school district. Building teacher capacity pays dividends for students. 

Voyager Sopris Learning® seeks to overcome challenges to student success by hosting its annual Literacy Symposium from July 9–10, 2018. This online professional development event links educators with several of the nation’s leading literacy researchers. A team of experts, led by Dr. Louisa Moats and Dr. Carol Tolman, will present the latest breakthroughs in literacy research and share how this research can be translated to the classroom.

Literacy educators from preK to higher education interested in improving reading and writing instruction are invited to attend, including:

  • Teachers
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Administrators
  • Curriculum Directors
  • Professional Development Team Leaders

Registration is $139 per person and includes online access to symposium session recordings for one year following the event. In addition, each registrant can access all presentations from the 2017 Literacy Symposium.

For more information and to register, visit: voyagersopris.com/professional-development/literacy-symposium/overview

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