Laura Stewart presents: Delivering on the Promise of Literacy for All: Yes, We Can!
Teaching children to read is the most pressing educational endeavor of our time. All children deserve equitable access to high-quality, evidence-aligned instruction. Without that instruction, many students will fall through the cracks, diminishing their potential to lead rich literate lives. More is known about how to teach reading than ever before, yet often times this evidence base is not provided to teachers nor translated to practice. This session addresses this compelling call to action by addressing these big ideas: 1. Learning to read is not a natural skill and therefore instruction really counts; 2. There are key conceptual models and neuroscientific evidence which can inform our understanding of the process of reading so that instruction can be effectively delivered and assessed, with targeted instruction as indicated; and 3. There are essential “must-haves” for educators to embrace in order to deliver on the promise. This is a no-blame, no-shame zone. We are all in this together, supporting one another in realizing our greatest hope, that all children will learn to read
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