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Meet Them Where They Are: Framing Assessments and Instruction for the Coming School Year

Wednesday, July 28 | 2:00 p.m. (CT)

This past school year was like no other; hopefully, we will not revisit such upheaval any time soon. In the meantime, however, thoughts turn to proactive planning for students who may be well behind what's expected for their age and grade level. Join Dr. Carol Tolman as she considers solutions to some of the many challenges facing educators as they grapple with assessment and instructional implications for weak readers.

You’ll learn:

  • Why it’s imperative to use a valid survey to assess what students are able to read (and spell), identify skill strengths and weaknesses, and then…’meet them where they are’
  • Ways to address the variety of word recognition needs of your students
  • Approaches that provide frequent, distributed practices to ensure that students learn what we teach
  • How to identify gaps in skills before moving forward with more difficult patterns

All hands will need to be on deck. There is a lot to consider and Dr. Tolman will walk us through some key considerations as we look toward fall 2021.

We hope you can join us!


Dr. Carol Tolman

Dr. Carol Tolman

Carol Tolman, Ed.D, was awarded a doctorate in Educational Psychology with a concentration in literacy and has been a consultant at the state, district, and school levels for over 15 years. Prior to earning her doctorate, Dr. Tolman was a classroom teacher and Special Educator with more than 25 years of experience in public schools at the elementary and secondary levels. She spent 12 of those years designing and implementing an innovative, exemplary reading clinic for academically challenged middle and high school students.

In addition to spearheading many successful, long-term literacy initiatives throughout the country, Dr. Tolman has published Working Smarter, Not Harder: What Teachers of Reading Need to Know and Be Able to Do and The Relationship between Teacher Knowledge and Effective RtI: When we Know Better, we Do Better (IDA Perspectives). Carol is co-author of LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) Presenter’s Kits, co-author of LETRS Modules 1, 2nd Edition, co-author of LETRS Module 10, 2nd Edition, and co-author with Dr. Louisa Moats of the LETRS 3rd Edition series of text and on-line supports for teachers of reading and spelling. Dr. Tolman has presided over the LETRS Leadership Board, created LETRS On-Line, and provides LETRS Trainer of Trainer (TOT) workshops to prepare others for the rigorous study involved in becoming a Certified Local LETRS Trainer.

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