Reading & Literacy Online Summit

Real-World Literacy Summit 2019

This event occurred on April 16, 2019 3:00 PM EDT and is only accessible to those who originally registered.
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Schools are under growing pressure to make sure that students are ready for work or job training, as well as college, when they graduate. But employers often complain that their young hires haven’t learned the reading, writing, speaking, and digital skills they need on the job. How can educators bridge the gap between reality and expectations, when it comes to these complex skills?

In this virtual summit, Education Week journalists and their guests will staff online “discussion” rooms to help unpack some of the literacy skills that today’s evolving workplace demands and point to some efforts already underway to instill those skills in young people.

This Online Summit provides you a unique opportunity:

  • To directly interact with reporters and their guests; and
  • To watch a livestreamed series of interviews with the reporters after they’ve “broken it down” with you.

Join the Education Week newsroom on April 16, 2019, for a deep dive into the kinds of “new” literacies of the workplace and schools’ attempts to teach them.

Event Video

Real-World Literacy Summit 2019: In Conversation With Education Week


1:00–2:30 p.m. ET | Discussion Rooms Open

Education Week journalists and guests provide practical takeaways on K-12 literacy.
1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

How We Can Teach Students to Speak Knowledgeably and Confidently

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Teaching Digital Literacy

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

How to Teach Professional Writing in the Context of Traditional English Classrooms

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

How to Make Reading Relevant

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Should Schools Test Workplace Skills?

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Reading for the Challenge of the Real World

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Is Literacy the Key to Post-Secondary Success? How Academic Language Impacts Success in All Subject Areas.

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Using Argumentation Practice to Prepare All Students for 21st-Century Success

1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Why Students Struggle to Read: What Teachers Don't Know About Teaching Reading & How to Change It

2:30–3:00 p.m. ET

Final Reporter Wrap-up

Steve Graham
Warner Professor in the Division of Leadership and Innovation Teachers College, Columbia University, N.Y.
Anne Hyslop
Assistant Director for Policy Development and Government Relations Alliance for Excellent Education
Mark Muro
Senior Fellow and Policy Director Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program
Tony Nassivera
History Teacher Hudson Falls Central Schools, Hudson Falls, N.Y.
Travis Park
Associate Professor of Agricultural Education North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.
Lynn Pasquerella
President Association of American Colleges and Universities
Ryan Reyna
Director Education Strategy Group
Larissa VanderZee
English Language Arts Instruction Career-Tech Center, Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District, Traverse City, Mich.
Catherine Gewertz is a writer for Education Week who covers national news and features.
Benjamin Herold is a contributing writer covering learning environments and ed-tech issues for Education Week.
Alyson Klein is an assistant editor for Education Week.
Stephen Sawchuk is an assistant managing editor for Education Week, leading coverage of teaching, learning, and curriculum.
Sarah D. Sparks covers education research, data, and the science of learning for Education Week.
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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.