Reading & Literacy Online Summit

Getting Reading Right

This event occurred on January 28, 2020 3:00 PM EST and is only accessible to those who originally registered.
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Learning to read is arguably the most important academic experience students will have during their school years. But it’s not a given.

The “nation’s report card” shows that just over a third of 4th graders are proficient readers. That’s despite decades of cognitive research specifying the skills students need to be taught to read fluently. So what’s happening in schools—and in teacher preparation—that’s making it so hard for some students to gain these foundational skills?

In this online summit, Education Week reporters and their expert guests will discuss the science behind how kids learn to read, as well as explore original survey data on what elementary teachers and education professors know and believe about early reading.

Event Video

Getting Reading Right: In Conversation With Education Week


1:00–2:30 p.m. ET | Discussions Open

Education Week journalists and their special guests provide practical takeaways on the foundations of reading.
1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

How Colleges of Education Are Approaching Early Reading

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Improving Comprehension With Emerging Readers

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

How Do Kids Learn to Read? What the Research Says

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

What Teachers and Professors Say About Early Reading: A Look at Our Survey Results

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

A Practical Conversation About the Science of Reading

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Turning Struggling Readers Into Striving Readers

2:30–3:00 p.m. ET

Final Reporter Wrap-up

Kelly Butler
Chief Executive Officer Barksdale Reading Institute
Jackie Gross
1st Grade Teacher Detroit Prep Academy
Margaret McKeown
Clinical Professor Emerita, School of Education; and Senior Scientist, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh
Jen McMillan
Co-Founder and Head of School Detroit Prep Academy
Amy Murdoch
Reading Science Program Director Mount St. Joseph University
Billie Tingle
Assistant Teaching Professor University of Southern Mississippi
Stephen Sawchuk is an assistant managing editor for Education Week, leading coverage of teaching, learning, and curriculum.
Sarah Schwartz is a reporter for Education Week who covers curriculum and instruction.
Sarah D. Sparks covers education research, data, and the science of learning for Education Week.
Madeline Will is a reporter for Education Week who covers the teaching profession.
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Development of independent content for this virtual summit is supported in part by a grant from the Spencer Foundation.
Education Week can provide 1 hour of Professional Development credit for online summits if the educator attends live. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you shortly after the summit has ended. On demand viewing of a summit cannot be used for credit. As with all professional development hours delivered, Education Week recommends each educator verify ahead of the online summit that the content will qualify for professional development in your school, district, county, or state with your supervisor, human resources professional, and/or principal or superintendent’s office.