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To improve literacy proficiency for all students, reading instruction should be based on science, on what the research says works. However, how evidenced-based reading should be taught requires more than simply embracing the notion of “the science of reading.”

Too often teachers try to hold on to instructional approaches they are comfortable with when they are under pressure to adopt new strategies, including those that are supported by new and emerging research. As more states pass “science of reading” laws, what are the best ways to support educators who might be struggling?

Moderator Peter DeWitt will be joined by guests—researchers and practitioners—to discuss the best path forward for the teaching of reading.

Speakers
Stephen Sawchuk
Associate Editor Assistant Managing Editor, Education Week
Stephen Sawchuk is an assistant managing editor for Education Week, leading coverage of teaching, learning, and curriculum. He won an award for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association in 2020 and was a 2017 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. His work has also appeared in smithsonian.com, The Hechinger Report, and the Huffington Post. He holds degrees from Georgetown and Columbia universities.
Amanda P. Goodwin
Associate Professor in Language, Literacy, and Culture, Vanderbilt University Peabody College 
Amanda Goodwin is a Professor at Vanderbilt. As a former elementary and middle school teacher and current teacher educator and researcher, Dr. Goodwin explores differences between digital and paper reading and the role of language in reading comprehension for upper elementary and middle school students. Dr. Goodwin, a former editor of Reading Research Quarterly, oversaw the production of two special issues on the Science of Reading.
Belkys Benison
Reading Interventionist for Special Education Students 
Belkys Benison has been a special education teacher for 25 years in the North Rockland Central School District in New York. Currently, she is the district’s reading interventionist for special education students. She has served as an evaluator, a co-teacher, and a self-contained teacher.
Moderator
Peter DeWitt
Opinion Contributor, Education Week
A former K-5 public school principal turned author, presenter, and leadership coach, Peter DeWitt provides insights and advice for education leaders. He pens an opinion blog for Education Week, Finding Common Ground and is the host of A Seat at the Table.

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