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The Truth About Nonfiction Reading

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Presented by Dr. Gene Kerns, Chief Academic Officer, Renaissance

Sponsored by Renaissance®



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We’ve all heard the saying that truth is stranger than fiction. But what about nonfiction? As education leaders, we’re often told that students rarely choose to read nonfiction and, when it’s assigned to them, they struggle to comprehend it.

In this edWebinar, Dr. Gene Kerns will put these statements to the test, sharing research-based insights that challenge three common myths about nonfiction reading:

  • Myth #1: When given a choice, students shy away from nonfiction
  • Myth #2: Students struggle to comprehend nonfiction
  • Myth #3: Educators must strictly manage and monitor students’ nonfiction reading

You’ll leave this session knowing the truth about nonfiction literacy. You’ll also explore practical strategies your educators can use both to inspire and scaffold students’ nonfiction reading at every grade level.

This edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, curriculum directors and coordinators, reading directors and coordinators, and instructional coaches and specialists. There will be time to answer questions at the end of the presentation.

Gene KernsAbout the Presenter

Gene Kerns, Ed.D. is Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Renaissance and a nationally acclaimed speaker on learning progressions, educational standards, and literacy development. He is co-author of the book Unlocking Student Talent: The New Science of Developing Expertise (Teachers College Press, 2017).



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