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Rising to the Engagement Challenge: Inspiring Reading Strategies to Offset Learning Loss

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As the access and equity divide in reading continues to grow, it is critical that we provide students with an antidote for online learning burnout. Our current circumstances have had an impact on students’ learning not only in terms of content and academic skills, but also in authentic student engagement. How can schools re-engage learners and bring joy back into learning?

Join Curriculum Associates’ Elizabeth Bassford, Glendaliz Martinez Almonte, and Jamie Richard for a collaborative conversation exploring high-impact strategies to re-energize your students and your classroom community.

In this live webinar, we will share:

  • Research-backed approaches to build readers’ knowledge
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies that engage all students
  • Scaffolds that support and boost the confidence of all learners
  • New ways to use data to inform instruction
Speakers
Elizabeth Bassford
Associate Vice President, Content and Implementation Curriculum Associates
Bassford works nationally for Curriculum Associates, advising districts in their implementation of high standards and contributing to the development of standards-based assessment and instruction. In 2021, Bassford celebrates her 41st year in reading education. Split equally between a classroom career and a long tenure in publishing, she has worked with teams of researchers, trainers, web designers, and curriculum developers in pursuit of high-impact resources. At present, Bassford supports school districts as they use data to advance equity, and she is often called upon by educational leadership to partner on the process of change.
Glendaliz Martinez Almonte
National Director, Content and Implementation Curriculum Associates
Martinez Almonte works nationally for Curriculum Associates, advising districts in their implementation of high standards, culturally responsive teaching supports, and English Learner (EL) resources. In 2021, she celebrated her 20th year in education. Martinez Almonte has taught at every grade level, including college-level English language arts and English for Speakers of Other Languages, to adults in the community. During her educational career, she has supported school districts in their planning, writing, and implementation of curriculum to ensure equity and access for marginalized students.
Jamie Richard
Associate Director, Language Arts Marketing Curriculum Associates
Richard joined the Language Arts team at Curriculum Associates after spending years in the ELA classroom as both a tenured ELA teacher and as a school leader. During her years in the classroom, she received the STAR Award for student growth from the state of PA. Richard is thrilled to share her passion for reading with educational changemakers, support the unique needs of students, and promote educational equity for all learners. When she is not reading, she likes spending time on the beach with her pug, Wally.
Kandra James
National Director, Content and Implementation Kandra James, M.A.T.
Kandra James is a national director of content and implementation at Curriculum Associates. She has served the education community for more than 20 years, and her rich experience includes providing technical training and curriculum development for the US Department of Justice and teaching K–9 students in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Kandra holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia and a master’s degree in teaching from Trinity University in Washington, DC.

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