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Voyager Sopris Learning® is proud to present an ongoing series of webinars hosted by authors, education professionals, and math and literacy experts about topics of interest to the education industry. We host a fall and spring series every year.

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Topic-Driven Webinar Series

Social-Emotional Learning Series

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Social Emotional Learning

Join us as respected thought leaders explore topics surrounding Social Emotional Learning. These experts—all published authors—will share teaching strategies, resources, and ways you can build SEL topics right into your curriculum. During these insightful webinars, you'll learn from the best minds who will help you gain valuable knowledge on why Social Emotional Learning is an essential component to reading—and all—instruction.

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Structured Literacy Series

Structured Literacy

Join us as respected thought leaders explore Structured Literacy and share teaching strategies surrounding its use. These insightful webinars will help you gain valuable knowledge on why Structured Literacy is essential to reading instruction, the key structures and content of structured literacy, common myths and misconceptions, procedures for teaching, and more.

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Remote Learning Strategies

Remote Learning

Learning has taken a new turn this year, and understanding the challenges and opportunities associated with remote learning is more important than ever. As school districts begin the year with remote or hybrid learning—or find they must pivot during the school year to one or the other—it’s critical school leaders are confident in the remote-learning strategies they have in place, and their educators have the tools necessary for student success.

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Reading Science

Science of Reading

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.

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Upcoming Webinars

Hannah Irion-Frake

Reading Intervention: Essential Strategies for Spring

Wednesday, November 3 | 2:00 p.m. (CT)

This has been a school year with many challenges. Making sure students are on track to meet grade-level literacy goals is more important than ever. With spring and high-stakes testing just around the corner, get a jump start on your intervention planning and learn new science of reading-based strategies to boost your intervention, during this special webinar with educator, Instagram influencer, and Voyager Passport® ambassador, Hannah Irion-Frake.

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Dr. Stephanie Stollar

Effective Reading Intervention: Characteristics, Differences, and Systems of Support

Wednesday, November 10 | 2:00 p.m. (CT)

Tiered instruction models such as Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) are designed to provide more effective instruction to students who are identified as being more at risk of future reading difficulties. Implementing a system of increasingly intensive instructional supports begins with careful consideration of the characteristics of effective reading intervention. This session will describe the characteristics of intervention instruction, differentiate it from classroom instruction, and outline the systems-level variables to address when implementing MTSS.

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Previous Webinars

Marilyn Sprick

Marilyn Sprick

Addressing the Dyslexia Continuum: Strategies for Teachers, Schools, and Districts

Join author and literacy expert Marilyn Sprick for an enlightening and timely presentation during Dyslexia Awareness Month. Sprick will discuss the dyslexia journey—specifically talking about students on the dyslexia spectrum, and their challenges and successes. 

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Melody Ilk

Melody Ilk

Intervention Systems and Infrastructures: Ways Administrators Can Utilize Data to Impact Instruction for Students with Reading Challenges

In this special presentation honoring the importance of Dyslexia Awareness Month, literacy expert Melody Ilk will discuss the research on effective intervention for students with dyslexia and other reading challenges. She will share with attendees the critical nature of components needed to change outcomes for struggling readers. 

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Julie Klingerman

Dr. Julie Klingerman

Differentiated Instruction: Aligning Assessment and Management of Your Intervention Block to Reflect a Science of Reading Classroom

At the very core of effective literacy instruction is the teacher’s knowledge and ability to determine each student’s strengths and weaknesses to differentiate accordingly. Join Dr. Julie Klingerman to discover some fresh ways to approach the realities of creating targeted intervention groups while handling classroom management like a pro!

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Dr. Mary Abbott

Dr. Mary Abbott

Roland Good

Dr. Roland H.Good, III Ph.D.

CBM in Middle School? The Importance of Content-Area Reading Indicators Within an MTSS Framework

In middle school, multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) models need more than the conventional curriculum-based measurement (CBM) reading procedures for screening and progress-monitoring. It is important that educators supporting middle school students have an understanding of these learners' reading skills across content areas so they can appropriately target instruction and intervention in a multi-tiered system of support. 

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John Alexander
John Alexander

Structured Literacy Webinar Series

Literacy Culture Change: A Case Example

Structured Literacy Series

Changing a school’s literacy culture is difficult, especially when the change requires a deep examination of the weaknesses of an existing program. This webinar will explore a real-life example of how Venture Academy, a school for students who struggle with learning disabilities in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, was able to make the shift from viewing the teaching of reading through a whole language lens to one of evidence and science. Participants will learn how the school made a systematic change in reading philosophy and adopted the components of an effective literacy program in just one year. The discussion will include an in-depth examination of student outcomes before and after the year of change.

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Dr. Anita Archer

Boost Reading Outcomes: Strategies for a Critical Year

Due to interrupted instruction, there has never been a more critical year for an academic boost than this one. For strategies, tips, and inspiration as you plan for the fall, make sure to join literacy expert Dr. Anita Archer, author of REWARDS, as she shares how to identify at-risk students at the start of the school year and improve academic performance.

Dr. Archer will also discuss the results of an outside research study using a short-term intervention program. With Dr. Archer’s expertise and shared ideas, you can be confident you’re adequately prepared to increase literacy skills and academic performance in your students after this informative webinar.

 

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Brandi Kenner
Dr. Brandi B. Kenner, Ph.D.

Social Emotional Literacy Webinar Series

Four Sides of the Same Pyramid: Inextricable Ties Among Social-Emotional Development, Language, Literacy, and Equity

Social-Emotional Learning Series

In this informative webinar, learn the historic and scientific evidence behind supporting the need for schools and districts to place equal attention on four core areas in an effort to truly transform our educational systems: social-emotional development, language, literacy, and equity. Using the metaphor of a triangular pyramid, this webinar shines light on the ways in which these core areas work together to maintain sturdy, healthy, and safe learning environments that promote “learning brain,” while simultaneously supporting children’s overall development and clearing roadblocks on the path toward agency and choice-filled living for all.

Participants will:

  • Learn key definitions related to the topic
  • Learn strategies for integrating social-emotional development, language, and literacy throughout the learning day, through an equity lens 
  • Reflect upon the ways in which they are already addressing each of the core four components in practice 
  • Identify additional questions and personal learning goals related to the core four areas (social-emotional development, language, literacy, and equity)

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Louisa Moats
Louisa Moats, Ed.D.

Margaret Goldberg
Margaret Goldberg

Speech to Print vs. Print to Speech: Does It Make a Difference in Beginning Reading Instruction?

 

Join this spirited presentation as our esteemed literacy experts discuss the rationale and implications of "speech to print" in early reading instruction. Examples of several curricula to contrast a speech-to-print approach with the inverse will be shared. Together, these respected authorities will analyze writing samples and lesson formats from first grade programs in order to demonstrate the importance of orienting students to spoken language as the anchor for processing print.

Here's what you will learn:

  • The linguistic demands of reading and writing an alphabet
  • The steps necessary for readers to establish automatic word recognition
  • How to recognize when a program, approach, or lesson structure does and does not facilitate use of alphabetic decoding and word recognition

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julie-klingerman
Dr. Julie Klingerman

Melody Ilk
Melody Ilk

The Science of Reading Webinar Series

Help! How Do I Get My District Administrator or School Principal on Board with the Science of Reading?

Reading Science

One of the most important factors in student learning is the teacher’s knowledge base. In recent years, there has been promising evidence that teachers are becoming better equipped to teach reading and writing by better understanding the science of reading. However, major decisions about curriculum and instruction are often made at the administrative level. Without equally knowledgeable and supportive leadership, teachers may find themselves limited in their ability to implement substantial change in their classrooms. Join Melody Ilk and Julie Klingerman as they present very specific and practical ways to begin talking with leadership about moving toward best practices in reading and writing for your students.

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Shannon Miller
Shannon Miller

Tracy Ferguson
Tracy Ferguson

Our Journey with Independent Online Literacy Practice and Reading Rangers

 

During this fun and lively webinar, you will follow the journey of second grade students at Van Meter Community School as they used an online practice program to improve their foundational reading skills and comprehension.

Educators Shannon McClintock Miller and Tracy Ferguson used the program regularly for two months to see firsthand what impact an online reading practice program might have on students. Follow along as these two respected educators share how they used Reading Rangers to improve their students’ reading skills, how engaged their students became while using a game-like format to rescue animals, and what these educators took away from the experience.

Join this fun and interesting presentation and you will learn:

  1. Why independent reading practice is essential, especially for students who struggle
  2. How an online reading program can reinforce foundational literacy skills—and be fun at the same time
  3. How Reading Rangers engages students and strengthens their independent reading skills at school and home, gives teachers the added practice tool they need, and uses a fun, game-like atmosphere to motivate students

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Mary Dahlgren
Dr. Mary Dahlgren

The Science of Reading Webinar Series

The How and Why of Implementing a Sound Wall

Reading Science

Have you ever wanted to implement a sound wall, but are not sure how to get started? In this informative webinar, literacy and sound wall expert Dr. Mary Dahlgren will share the basics of setting up and implementing a sound wall, including how sound walls support the science of reading. If you already are implementing a sound wall, Dr. Dahlgren will show you the latest ways to improve it to increase reading skills.

During the webinar, Dr. Dahlgren will discuss:

  • The best way to arrange a sound wall 
  • Introducing the sounds in a sound wall
  • How to implement a sound wall once it is set up 

    We hope you will join us.

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David Adams
David Adams

Social Emotional Literacy Webinar Series

A Culturally Responsive Approach to Social and Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning Series

David Adams spent almost seven years as the Director of Social and Emotional Learning at Urban Assembly, where he and his team works with a network of 22 urban schools in New York to ensure that all staff and students receive relevant experiences and purposeful instruction to develop the social emotional competencies that impact students’ success in school, work, and life.

David’s wide-reaching (and international) experience gives him a unique perspective with how and why implementing social and emotional learning for all students is important for the future success of each individual student.

In this insightful and applicable presentation, attendees will learn the importance of implementing Culturally Responsive SEL that creates relevance through engagement, impacting students and staff beyond the classroom. Our respected presenter will share examples of how to directly develop and practice these skills during instruction in class, after school, in sports and into the community, and why all students should be given access to SEL skills without having to learn them through adversity or challenge.

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Dr. Kelly A. Powell-Smith
Dr. Kelly A. Powell-Smith

Kristen Biadasz
Moderated by Kristen Biadasz

Outcomes-Driven Formative Assessment in Middle School: A Fireside Chat

Join us for this enlightening conversation as our Acadience® Learning experts discuss how to implement formative assessment of content-area reading in the middle school environment and why that is important. Lessons learned from successful implementation of Acadience® Reading assessments in K–6 will be shared. We will discuss how and why implementation of formative assessment may differ for middle school. A framework for decision making, called the Outcomes-Driven Model, also will be shared and its use in middle school will be illustrated.

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Drs. Jessica and John Hannigan
Drs. Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan and John E. Hannigan

Social Emotional Literacy Webinar Series

SEL from a Distance: Building a Framework of Processes into your School/District to Guarantee Student Success

Social-Emotional Learning Series

Make social and emotional learning a way of being—all day, every day, and in any setting.

The pandemic and subsequent switch to distance learning combined with recent instances of racial injustice have put a spotlight on cracks in the practice of social and emotional learning (SEL). More than ever before, schools are shifting their focus and prioritizing SEL competencies—around the nation and the world. The call for compassion has never been greater.

To easily and effortlessly build SEL into virtual, blended, or in-person environments, behavior experts Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan and John Hannigan have drawn together a collection of tools and processes for SEL that can be applied in any learning environment.

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Horacio Sanchez
Horacio Sanchez

Social Emotional Literacy Webinar Series

The Poverty Problem—The Impact of Poverty on Learning and the Brain

Social-Emotional Learning Series

Poverty is the single most significant event impacting education today. Every year, school systems dedicate resources, draft policies, and create new services to meet students' academic and behavioral challenges coming from poverty. However, many of these attempts to address students' needs in poverty are occurring without vital information about how poverty is transforming students' brains today. Attempting to address poverty issues with only partial information is like completing a puzzle with key pieces missing. When the puzzle is assembled, you can make out the general picture, but many key details are lost. The brain transformations resulting from poverty speak to the heart of the academic and behavioral issues schools seek to overcome. The neuroscience of poverty provides a clear picture of why academic and behavioral problems occur in relation to poverty and how to design a more precise response to best address the issues.

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Rick Ferdig
Dr. Rick Ferdig

Remote Learning Webinar Series

Preparing for January and Beyond: Lessons from Remote Learning in Spring and Early Fall

Remote Learning Strategies

COVID-19 impacted—and continues to impact—teaching and learning in many ways. While some had hoped we would return to some level of normalcy by fall 2020, educators are now preparing for a second wave that may take many schools back online for spring 2021. Even if there is a cure or vaccine and all schools return to face-to-face teaching and learning, many educators understand the need to capitalize on what remote teaching and learning taught us and how to continue to use technology to better prepare our teachers, better educate our students, and better engage our parents.

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Sarah Browning Larson
Sarah Browning-Larson

Julia Peyton
Julia Peyton, Ph.D.

Jennie Tober
Jennie Tober, Ph.D.

Assessment in the Time of COVID-19: What Should You Consider for Winter Assessment?

We are living through a unique time during the global pandemic and educators across the country are working hard to provide equitable learning opportunities for their students. They have taken their profession in an unforeseen direction, and are working with district leaders, families, and each other to ensure students can grow in their academic careers.

Along with instruction comes assessment. Assessment as a term can evoke many feelings in educators, district leaders, and even family members. Assessment in the time of COVID-19 can amplify those feelings and raise questions that need to be explored.

Join our panel of assessment experts as they discuss considerations for assessment (and its impact on instruction) during the upcoming months. Through this Q&A discussion, our panelists will discuss these questions and more.

  • What does assessment look like this year compared to previous years?
  • What is the reality of some students being in school and some out of school?
  • How does the data inform the instruction?
  • What should you consider when assessing students this year? How does inequity factor into those considerations?
  • Is there a framework or assessment system that can help educators?
  • What types of assessments make sense for this school year?
  • What type of support do students, educators, leaders, and families need? Is there any stigma you can mitigate?

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Pam Austin
Pam Austin

The Importance of Independent Practice: Literacy Success with Reading Rangers

Science of reading research has proven that systematic and explicit instruction of phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension is the best approach for reading success. In addition to teacher-directed instruction, the use of digital tools can increase student engagement and motivation, and allow students to practice and apply essential skills in a self-paced setting. This blended-learning approach of both teacher-led and independent, online practice will yield the greatest results.

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Louise Spear Swerling
Dr. Louise Spear-Swerling

Structured Literacy Webinar Series

Structured Literacy: Strategies for At-Risk and Struggling Readers

Structured Literacy Series

Structured Literacy instruction is the most effective way to teach all students to learn to read, and it is essential for at-risk and poor readers. Join literacy expert Dr. Louise Spear-Swerling as she discusses the key features and content of Structured Literacy approaches, examines the myths surrounding Structured Literacy, and shares some examples of Structured Literacy activities and techniques that educators can use immediately in the classroom.

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Dr. Melissa Orkin
Dr. Melissa Orkin

Remote Learning Webinar Series

RAVE-O: An Engaging Remote-Ready Solution to Fluency and Comprehension Challenges for 2nd–5th Grade Students

Remote Learning Strategies

Building fluency among struggling readers is one of the greatest challenges an educator can face. That is because fluency is a complex skill that represents more than speed, it represents a student's ability to apply all of their word knowledge. When students read words, they are not applying their knowledge of phonics, but also their understanding of vocabulary, parts of speech, and morphology. The RAVE-O program is the only strategy-based fluency curriculum that teaches students to use the multiple aspects of word knowledge to increase their reading automaticity and comprehension. In randomized control studies, RAVE-O coupled with phonics programs has been more effective at building decoding, fluency, and comprehension than phonics programs alone. 

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Tim Raskinski
Dr. Tim Rasinski

Remote Learning Webinar Series

Teaching Fluency in Remote Learning Environments

Remote Learning Strategies

Given the current reality, the need for new approaches for teaching and learning reading— especially in online/remote environments—is critical. Now, is the time to provide educators with approaches for making reading instruction work for all students in all instructional environments. Join literacy expert and member of the International Reading Hall of Fame Dr. Tim Rasinski as he shares the importance of fluency for overall reading proficiency, and how best to address fluency in a remote learning environment.

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Dr. Louisa Moats
Dr. Louisa Moats

Structured Literacy Webinar Series

Explicit Language Teaching is the Heart of Structured Literacy

Structured Literacy Series

Renowned literacy expert and author Dr. Louisa Moats speaks to a topic that she knows intricately: Structured Literacy. Dr. Moats identifies the content and procedures for teaching Structured Literacy, and presents examples of how to teach phoneme awareness, morphological awareness, phoneme-grapheme correspondences, and syllable patterns within an explicit lesson framework.

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