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.

Reading Science

Lucy Hart Paulson
Lucy Hart Paulson

How Executive Function Affects Early Childhood Language and Literacy Skills

Executive function skills grow at a rapid rate during the early childhood years and provide an important foundation for language, literacy, cognitive, and social/emotional development. This session will describe strategies for helping young children develop these interconnected skills, making an important difference in their school and life success.

Attendees will learn to:

  • Describe executive function components and developmental skill expectations
  • Understand the impact of executive function skills on the other developmental domains
  • Implement evidence-based instructional strategies that facilitate the development of executive function skills in early childhood classrooms

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Carol Tolman
Dr. Carol Tolman

Phonological Awareness, Reading, and Writing: What Teachers Need to Know

Although we may not always know what came first, (the chicken or the egg?), we do know what came first in the world of literacy: speech. Both reading and writing are based on speech. We use a “speech-to-print” system, not a “print-to-speech” system when decoding and encoding words. Without an understanding of the way sounds are represented in print, many students continue to function well behind their peers. Evidence exists in support of phonemic awareness and its foundational role, but what does that really mean, and how does that translate to practical applications in the classroom? Join Dr. Carol Tolman as she outlines the role of phonological awareness, what misspellings tell us about students’ misunderstandings of phonemes, and what we can do about these errors to enhance their learning.

Attendees will learn to:

  • Listen to students’ articulation errors as a window into their understanding of phonemes
  • Identify reasons for specific misspellings, leading to targeted instructional responses that improve reading and spelling
  • Articulate why subphonemic features are an important component of instruction

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Susan Brady
Dr. Susan Brady

Louisa Moats
Special Guest Dr. Louisa Moats

Is the Science of Reading Influencing Mainstream Educational Practices? Not Enough.

Scientific study of how children learn to read has been underway in the U.S. and around the world for several decades. Much has been discovered about the language and cognitive abilities related to success or difficulty in reading, about the neurological pathways that must be developed, and about implications for instruction. Yet, unfortunately, for the most part, mainstream education has not benefitted from these important developments. Join this fascinating and enlightening discussion that will target why and how this has happened. Dr. Susan Brady will identify steps to bring the gains from science to teachers and their students.

Attendees will learn:

  1. Why the field of education is resisting and rejecting the science of reading
  2. What strategies are being used to limit or block changes in instructional practices and in teacher preparation
  3. What kinds of actions in states and schools indicate positive steps toward adopting science-based reading practices—and which do not 

The presentation will end with a discussion and question-and-answer segment with Dr. Brady and literacy expert Dr. Louisa Moats.

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Why Every Educator Needs to Understand the ‘Science of Reading’

An interview with Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D., the nationally recognized author and authority on literacy education. Dr. Moats has written widely about the professional development of teachers, the importance of brain science, and the relationships among language, reading, and spelling.

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Literacy Reform in Mississippi

Mississippi Literacy Reforms and LETRS Deliver Results

In 2013, Mississippi passed the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, emphasizing grade-level reading skills as students move through grades K–3 and mandating retention for students who scored at the lowest achievement level on the Third Grade Reading Summative Assessment. Voyager Sopris Learning partnered with Mississippi educators to deliver LETRS professional learning to teachers of early literacy.

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Louisa Moats

Of ‘Hard Words’ and Straw Men: Let’s Understand What Reading Science is Really About

The time has come to call the public’s attention to reading science and to dispel the misconceived beliefs and practices that are so widespread in our classrooms. Not all readers and listeners, however, are persuaded by [Emily] Hanford’s reporting. [T]hese skeptics have resurrected some worn-out straw men that once again, require rebuttal.

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