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Science of Reading: How Brain Science Informs Effective Reading Instruction

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Paige Cullen Pullen, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer, Lastinger Center for Learning, University of Florida; and Sarah DeCotis, National Literacy Director, Age of Learning

Sponsored by Age of Learning

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In this interactive edWebinar, the presenters delve into the intersection of neuroscience research and reading instruction and how educators can apply this knowledge to enhance teaching practices.


  • Understand the neurological processes involved in learning to read and how the brain adapts during the reading journey
  • Explore the latest research findings on the Science of Reading and its implications for educators
  • Uncover effective methods to personalize instruction and optimize learning outcomes

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK-5 teachers, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders.

Paige Pullen

About the Presenters

Paige Pullen, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer at the University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning, oversees the academics and research and evaluation teams. Prior to joining the Lastinger Center, Dr. Pullen served as faculty for 16 years at the University of Virginia at the Schools of Education and Medicine. Considered an expert in her field, Dr. Pullen has authored multiple pieces on literacy and special education and conducted professional development for teachers worldwide. She has served on several editorial boards including as Editor-in-Chief of Exceptionality: A Special Education Journal. Honors include the 2011 Seven Society Outstanding Mentor Award and the 2010 Outstanding Professor at the University of Virginia.

Sarah DeCotis

Sarah DeCotis is a National Literacy Director at Age of Learning. She has more than 15 years of experience in public education for Broward County Public Schools, the sixth-largest district in the U.S. During her tenure, she served as an educator, literacy specialist, and district leader. As a district administrator, she spearheaded systematic and organizational changes that involved adopting evidence-based literacy practices grounded in the Science of Reading.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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