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Teaching Reading: The Connection Between Student Literacy and Professional Development



Learning to read can be challenging and many teachers of reading do not always know how to help students master foundational skills that lead to lifelong literacy. When teachers are more fully prepared, they can help all learners overcome challenges and improve reading achievement.

This informative webinar, with literacy experts Dr. Mary Dahlgren and Michelle Elia, explores how teachers need to be smarter than their programs; details effective solutions and interventions; and demonstrates how to supplement and strengthen core programs and adapt pacing for individuals.

You will gain knowledge and insights into how:

  • Rigid implementation of a core program can create as many problems as haphazard, incomplete implementation
  • Teacher judgment—informed by knowledge of research and use of formative data—should always be a factor in decision making
  • To define quality professional development and identify the indicators of strong core instruction
  • To monitor and outline goals that are meaningful, ambitious, and attainable

Mary Dahlgren
Dr. Mary Dahlgren

Michelle Elia
Michelle Elia

Dr. Mary Dahlgren
and Michelle Elia

Mary Dahlgren, Ed.D., is a national LETRS® trainer and a literacy consultant at Tools 4 Reading. She is the coauthor of Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction, targeted professional development for teachers in grades K–3.

Michelle Elia is a regional early literacy specialist and special education consultant at State Support Team Region 5 in Ohio. Her specialties include literacy, brain research in education, PBIS, and inclusive best practices.

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