Laura Stewart is an educator and organizational leader. She has served as a classroom teacher, building and district administrator, adjunct professor, and director of numerous professional development initiatives around the country. Before joining 95% Group, Laura was the Chief Innovation Officer with The Reading League and the Chief Academic Officer for Professional Development at Highlights for Children.
Laura presents nationally and internationally and has written for numerous organizations and publications, including co-authoring The Everything Guide to Informational Text K-2; Best Texts, Best Practices. She is the host of the podcast “Teaching, Reading, and Learning: The TRL Podcast.”
Laura serves on several advisory boards, including the International Foundation of Effective Reading Instruction and the Path Forward for Teacher Preparation and Licensure. Laura is a certified LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) trainer.
Laura’s position as the Chief Academic Officer at 95% Group suits her perfectly, as her passion is empowering educators to positively impact ALL students and ultimately change the course of literacy achievement in this country.
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