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Lucy Hart Paulson

Lucy Hart Paulson

Thursday, April 25, 3:00 p.m. CT

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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Antonio Fierro

Antonio Fierro

Friday, April 26, 2:00 p.m. CT

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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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

Kate-Lamoureux

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, including ways to:

  • Improve writing skills using differentiation and variation based on each student’s needs Incorporate writing into STEM activities
  • Add Quick Writes throughout the content areas
  • Use FlipGrid, Google docs, KidBlog, Videos, and other resources to peer edit writing in the classroom
  • Rely on proven writing instruction programs like Step Up to Writing
  • Help students create thoughtful, well-written compositions across all content areas

Register now and and learn more about how these literacy-focused educators use coding, making, graphic organizers, digital storytelling and more to help students write well and love doing it!


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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.

As he explores how and why an alarming number of adults struggle with basic concepts in probability, common statistical concepts such as variance, and proportional change such as percent increase and decrease, he’ll share what needs to be strengthened in math education today.

You’ll learn:

  • How to build continuous success in mathematics so that it leads to a passing grade in college algebra, allowing many students to continue on to community college or trade schools immediately following high school so the math they have learned is not lost.
  • To consider other options than the traditional approach, such as some kind of “college in the high school” version of algebra.
  • How to improve motivation by helping struggling high school students learn the long-term benefits of subjects like Algebra II. It’s not about the math, it’s about the career.


Dr. John Woodward
 is the lead author of TransMath® and NUMBERS.

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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.

Samadi will explore these brain-aligned solutions along with examples of how to implement each strategy in the classroom:

Strategy 1: How to Build Vocabulary that Skyrockets Students Past Their Obstacles
Strategy 2: Improving Syntax by Making Sense of Sounds/Phonemes
Strategy 3: The Progression of Words to Sentences
Strategy 4: Understanding Idioms and Multiple Meanings
Strategy 5: Using Technology to Improve Listening and Speaking Skills
Strategy 6: Building Confidence Through Self-Awareness
Strategy 7: Using Listening and Metacognition to Improve Motivation
Strategy 8: Building Confidence with Mental Practice, Intonation, Stress
Strategy 9: Using Blueprints for Writing Success

About the Presenter:

Andrea Samadi is an author and former middle school teacher.

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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.

About the Presenter:

Louisa Moats, Ed.D., is the lead author of LANGUAGE! Live, a blended program for adolescent students reading below grade level. She is also the lead author of LETRS professional development for literacy educators. Dr. Moats has authored many books, journal articles, policy papers, and materials for professional development in the areas of reading, writing, and language. She received her M.A. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt and her Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education..

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