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Reading & Literacy Webinar

Building Early Literacy Programs

This event occurred on January 22, 2024 3:00 PM EST.
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Research shows that reading successfully by the end of third grade is a significant predictor of longer-term school success. And, early reading difficulties lead to long-term consequences, such as chronic absenteeism, low social-emotional wellness, and school dropouts.

Thus, early literacy is the focus of many national reports and research articles and has the attention of district leaders and teachers. The good news is that strong early literacy programs such as the ones we’ll feature in this session, can act as the catalyst for long-term student success. 

Join us as district leaders share their experiences in creating early literacy programs, and highlight:

  • Nurturing a district-wide shared vision for early literacy education
  • Leveraging data-focused insights into student social-emotional, academic, and behavioral progress
  • The importance of providing broad access to evidence- and research-based interventions
  • Equipping teachers with knowledge and support for the diversity of children’s families, cultures, and linguistic backgrounds
  • How to build family and community involvement to help guide parents and caregivers in providing early literacy experiences at home
Melissa Damaschke
Assistant Principal, Knapp Elementary, Racine Unified School District
Richard Wytonick
Principal, Knapp Elementary, Racine Unified School District
Janelle Decker
Acting Academic Officer, Racine Unified School District
Janice Silver, Ed.D.
Education Advisor, Panorama Education
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