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Common Profiles of Struggling Readers—and How to Better Support These Students

Thursday, July 20, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Dr. Gene Kerns, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Renaissance; and Dr. Sarah Brown, MTSS Consultant and Author

Sponsored by Renaissance

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While the category of “struggling readers” is broad, we can identify common profiles of students who struggle. This raises some obvious questions. If we know why so many students struggle, then why do national reading scores continue to decline—and why do many interventions fail to produce the desired results?

View this edWebinar for the answers as we explore recent studies of how students are performing in reading and how they grow (or fail to grow) across school years. You’ll understand:

  • The most common profiles of struggling readers
  • When reading interventions have the greatest chance of success
  • How to track your interventions’ effectiveness at the system, school, and classroom levels—and when to fade or intensify your efforts
  • How to make the most of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework to guide reading proficiency by third grade

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 teachers and school and district leaders.

Gene KernsAbout the Presenters

Gene Kerns, Ed.D. is Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Renaissance and a nationally acclaimed speaker on assessment, learning progressions, and educational standards. He is co-author of the book Literacy Reframed: How a Focus on Decoding, Vocabulary, and Background Knowledge Improves Reading Comprehension.

Sarah BrownSarah Brown, Ph.D. is a national MTSS consultant and author. She formerly served as Senior Director of MTSS Solutions at Renaissance and as Bureau Chief at the Iowa Department of Education. She is co-author of the book Effective Universal Instruction: An Action-Oriented Approach to Improving Tier 1.

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Thursday, July 20, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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