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Upcoming Webinars

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Shannon McClintock Miller

Pam Austin
Pam Austin

Wednesday, September 18 | 4:00 p.m. (CT)

In America’s schools, many of our youngest learners are falling behind in reading. As educators, it is imperative to quickly identify a student who is struggling and help them before they fall too far behind. In this insightful and applicable webinar, we will explore a list of strategies and ideas you can use to help avoid literacy struggles, build strong readers from the start, and encourage a love of reading that translates into academic success as students move from elementary school, to middle school, and beyond. We will discuss research-based practices and intervention methods, as well as:

  • Techniques to make reading part of a young learner’s daily routine
  • New strategies to involve families and friends in building literacy
  • The importance of using differentiated lessons that allow teachers to respond to specific student needs
  • How to help even the youngest learners find formats, authors, and and illustrators they will enjoy
  • How to overcome lack of teacher time to give students the attention they need
  • Why efficient and research-based intervention is key

If you have K–5 students who have not made adequate progress in core reading instruction, register for this helpful webinar and learn about new strategies, ideas, and the resources you can use to make an impact on literacy success.

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Previous Webinars

Marilyn Sprick

Marilyn Sprick

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Building Confidence: Strategies for Transforming Struggling Readers into Competent Readers


Listen, watch, and learn as author Marilyn Sprick shares strategies designed to help educators transform struggling readers into students who read with confidence and for enjoyment. This accomplished educator and successful literacy trainer will explore
 the challenges and solutions surrounding why some students struggle—and how to turn that struggle into success.


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Antonio Fierro

Antonio Fierro

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Closing the Gap in California: Systemic Change to Improve Literacy Instruction and Outcomes

Grades K–8

Many Students who struggle to learn to read often quickly fall behind in achievement and grade level, setting them up for a lifetime of difficulty and frustration. Low-income, ELLs, and SPED students are often at the greatest risk. Is this the child’s fault and problem to conquer, or should California be preparing its teachers with different skills?

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Lucy Hart Paulson

Lucy Hart Paulson

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The Younger the Better: How Early Childhood Education Can Prepare California’s Students for Reading Success

Early Childhood

Catching literacy issues early is the key to creating lifelong readers; Early Childhood Educators are the first line of offense. Early identification and early literacy intervention are key to improving student outcomes, but the truth is—many educators do not graduate from college equipped with the tools they need to address the literacy learning challenges these students face. This eye-opening presentation will explore this problem as well as solutions and will share strategies that can be used immediately in the classroom to facilitate young students’ literacy learning.

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Toni Backstrom

Toni Backstrom

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Texas Dyslexia Requirements: Evidence-based Professional Development is Key to Success

How does the information in the recently updated Texas Dyslexia handbook impact the identification of and instruction for students with dyslexia? What do our teachers need to know to have the greatest impact with all students, including those with dyslexia? What are the requirements for educators who teach students with dyslexia?

Join Toni Backstrom, national education consultant, as she shares insight and valuable tips about the new dyslexia instructional requirements and what they mean for your teachers.

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Louisa Moats

Louisa Moats

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Hard Words: What Teachers Don't Know About Teaching Reading and What to Do About It

Millions of American students do not read at even a basic level for their grade. Students often fall behind to the extent that they are recommended for interventions or assessed as having a learning disability, when in fact, the problem is they did not receive adequate and appropriate reading instruction. The truth is—and research proves this—that effectively teaching reading is a science in and of itself, and teachers need proper training.

If educators are prepared to teach all five essential components of literacy instruction (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) the result is higher student success rates.

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Antonio Fierro

Antonio Fierro

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Myths Surrounding ELLs and Literacy: Why Student Success Depends on Teachers’ Knowledge Base

Myths and misconceptions have long been part of our educational system. When it comes to the instruction targeting the English learner, the same holds true. However, as research is published that focuses on culturally and linguistically diverse students, the more we know about what is true and, simply, what is not. . . and how we can better serve these students and proliferate their potential.

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Shannon McClintock Miller

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Tracy Ferguson

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Kate Lamoureux

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Ten Tips for Developing Passionate Writers

Join these three experienced educators as they share what works when it comes to getting young learners to enjoy writing -- and helping them learn to do it well!

With an emphasis on advancing literacy and getting kids to love all kinds of writing, Shannon McClintock Miller, Tracy Ferguson, and Kate Lamoureux will share what they’ve learned over the years, including strategies, apps, best practices, and proven resources to transform unengaged K-4th graders into motivated and excited learners who love to write.

You’ll leave the webinar with new ideas and tools to try, and engaging and meaningful strategies to inspire a true love of writing.


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John Woodward

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What if Everyone Excelled in Math?

There is a common tendency today to link higher math standards for our students with the kind of achievement we see in other countries. A complementary thread is to link high standards in math to the broad trends in our ever-changing, information economy. High school students with only a basic understanding of mathematics don’t stand a chance against machines. High standards proponents commonly refer to our marquee industries such as finance, information technology, engineering, and biomedicine to reinforce the idea that mathematics is a gateway to a successful career. By implication, we need to ensure all students are proficient in this discipline. But, is this the case?

Join this enlightening, informative discussion with Dr. John Woodward, author of TransMath, as he explores what kind of mathematical preparation today’s students need to be successful in life.

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Louisa MoatsAndrea Samadi

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Nine Brain-Based Strategies to Skyrocket Literacy Achievement

Join us for this infomative webinar presented by Andrea Samadi, a former classroom teacher and education specialist, who will share ideas to help struggling readers skyrocket literacy in the classroom. "Are You Using These Nine Brain-Aligned Strategies?" will focus on some of the most common hurdles students face at the intermediate/advanced level with reading acquisition.

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Louisa Moats Dr. Louisa Moats

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The Truth About Dyslexia: Myths vs. Facts

As a consequence of advocacy, many states have now adopted laws pertaining the identification and treatment of dyslexia. While recognition of dyslexia is long overdue, conflicts between scientific evidence and popular beliefs continue to complicate implementation of these well-intentioned laws. Dr. Louisa Moats, author and nationally recognized literacy expert, will address quandaries such as the definition of dyslexia, appropriate criteria for identification, teacher preparation, and selection and use of instructional approaches.

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