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Improving K-3 Reading Achievement: How to Do This. Now.

January 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Improving K-3 Reading Achievement: How to Do This. Now.

Thursday, January 20, 2022 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST

Improving K-3 Reading Achievement: How to Do This. Now.

Presented by Stacy Hurst, M.Ed., Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Southern Utah University, and Chief Education Officer, Reading Horizons; and Donell Pons, MAT, M.Ed., Literacy and Reading Coordinator, American International School of Utah
Moderated by Jeanette Beninati, Marketing Director, Reading Horizons

Sponsored by Reading Horizons

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They’re back and on track to make a difference in K-3 reading achievement. Reading Horizons’ Stacy Hurst, M.Ed. and Donell Pons, M.Ed. will present the next in a series of edWebinars that focus on the how’s and why’s of achieving reading proficiency by Grade 3.

In this session, these literacy leaders provide a look at some of the biggest issues facing reading educators today. They’ll unpack the ways teachers can start to improve their K-3 students’ reading achievements by integrating and using proven strategies to support teachers effectively. Attendees will benefit from proven, practical guidance on how to select effective content for foundational reading instruction, with the goal of improving overall attainment. They’ll also cover how to help teachers give much-needed support to struggling students often left to rely on guesswork to get by.

This edWebinar will offer a look back at how reading education has evolved over the years and explore the importance of literacy programs grounded in reading science. Another key topic? Donell and Stacy will tackle why, if incorrectly used, technology can sometimes do more harm than good in literacy instruction. Attend this session to leave with new perspectives and proven ways to help your struggling readers starting now!

This edWebinar is of interest to K-3 teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, reading and literacy coaches and specialists, special education teachers and department chairs, district-level special education directors, professional development leaders, curriculum leaders, equity/inclusion/diversity leaders, school improvement leaders, and Title I and federal funding directors. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Part 1 – Phonological and Phonemic Awareness: The What, Why, How, and Wow for Every Learner
Part 2 – K-3 Reading Across Grades and Content Areas: What, When, How Much, and With Whom?
Part 3 – If. Then. Next! Strategies and Support for Teaching K-3 Readers

Stacy HurstAbout the Presenters

Stacy Hurst is an assistant professor of teacher education at Southern Utah University where she teaches courses in literacy and early childhood education. She has degrees in sociology and elementary education and a master’s degree in education. Her extensive experience also includes teaching first grade and working as a literacy coach and reading specialist. Stacy is the co-author of a foundational literacy program and is also the chief education officer at Reading Horizons, an educational software company that teaches structured literacy concepts through a blended software and direct instruction approach. Stacy is passionate about literacy and believes that learning how to read well is a civil right.

Donell PonsDonell Pons has a husband and several children with dyslexia. When Donell discovered her son had dyslexia and was struggling to find appropriate services, she went back to school and received a dual MED and MAT in teaching and learning with a special education certification, none of which addressed dyslexia. Donell has taught secondary language arts and worked at a charter school focusing on supporting students on the autism spectrum. Donell is trained in multiple structured literacy-based reading methods. She was the literacy and reading coordinator and ELL director at a public charter school and her efforts to implement a comprehensive literacy program there were featured in Language Magazine, October 2016 and MiddleWeb SmartBrief. Donell has produced a nationally recognized three-part webcast series on teaching reading and recognizing dyslexia and has had numerous articles in educational publications. She is a member of Decoding Dyslexia Utah and helped compose the Utah State Dyslexia Handbook. She is currently working with adults in a workplace literacy program as well as supporting students with dyslexia in the transition to college.

Jeanette BeninatiAbout the Moderator

Jeanette Beninati is a former educator with a strong background in strategic planning, education technology and training, and professional development. Her experience spans education, technology, assessment and instruction, consulting, training, efficacy research, and learning disabilities. In her role as Marketing Director, she oversees the company’s K-12 education marketing initiatives. Jeanette received both her undergraduate and M.Ed. degrees from Boston University.

To participate in the live edWebinar, log in with current version of Google Chrome or install the meeting app prior to the edWebinar on your computer, your Apple device, or Android device.  If you have a firewall in your location, you can participate on your mobile device using your cellular data (not your local network).

The edWebinar recording will be posted to this page the day after the presentation. Closed captioning will be added to the recording within 2 weeks of the live presentation.

Join the Be a Literacy Hero community to network with educators, participate in online discussions, receive invitations to upcoming edWebinars, and view recordings of previous programs to earn CE certificates.

Reading HorizonsReading Horizons supports educators with powerful tech-enabled foundational reading instruction that helps all students reach reading proficiency by the end of third grade. For nearly 40 years, Reading Horizons’ method has aligned with the evolution of the Science of Reading, empowering over 50,000 educators with evidence-based teaching strategies that prevent and remediate students’ reading difficulties. Reading momentum begins with Reading Horizons.



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