How Handwriting Supports the Science of Reading

Laura Stewart

Educator and National Director of The Reading League

Release Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2022

After taking a backseat in the education world for many years, handwriting is back. While assistive technology can help students with writing problems, it does not remove the importance of teaching explicit handwriting. Handwriting reinforces reading and spelling skills, and is linked to reading and spelling achievement. In this insightful podcast, you will learn how handwriting supports the science of reading and strategies educators can use immediately in the classroom to build handwriting into their daily lessons.

In this podcast, listeners will learn:

  • The connection between handwriting, reading, and writing
  • The evidence around two “great debates”
    • Printing or cursive?
    • Handwriting or keyboarding?
  • Key recommendations for handwriting instruction


Guest Presenter

Laura Stewart

Laura Stewart is a dynamic educator and organizational leader. Her current role as national director of The Reading League fits her perfectly, as her passion is empowering educators to positively impact ALL students and ultimately change the course of literacy achievement in this country. She has worked as a teacher, administrator, adjunct professor, and director of numerous professional development initiatives around the country. Stewart served as vice president of professional development for the Rowland Reading Foundation and chief academic officer for professional development at Highlights for Children. As a published author, she presents her work nationally and internationally.

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