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What Kids Are Reading (and Not Reading) in 2020: New Insights for Education Leaders

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

New Insights for Education Leaders

Presented by Dr. Gene Kerns, Chief Academic Officer, Renaissance ®; Mary Brown, Reading Intervention Specialist, Duncan Falls Elementary (OH); and Meagan Anderson, Grade 1 Teacher, Roseville Elementary (OH)

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What are the most popular books and series at each grade level? How can we help students to engage more deeply with the texts they read? Are there proven steps we can take to increase students’ nonfiction reading?

These are just a few of the questions answered in What Kids Are Reading, the world’s largest annual survey of K–12 reading habits. Watch this edWebinar to explore the most actionable insights from the new 2020 report —along with educators’ tips for motivating struggling readers and for incorporating SEL into reading instruction.

Viewers will also explore strategies for:

  • Identifying the topics students find most engaging
  • Integrating more digital and nonfiction reading into your curriculum
  • Helping students build stronger background knowledge
  • Creating a district culture that recognizes daily reading time as non-negotiable

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to kindergarten through high school teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, curriculum directors, reading directors, and interventionists. 


Gene KernsAbout the Presenters

Gene Kerns, Ed.D., is Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Renaissance ® and a nationally acclaimed speaker on literacy development, learning standards, and assessment. He is co-author of the forthcoming book Literacy Reframed: Why Reading Growth Flatlines and What to Do About It.


Mary BrownMary Brown is a grade 3 reading intervention specialist at Duncan Falls Elementary School in Ohio. She has more than 30 years of experience in elementary education and holds an M.Ed. in Reading Supervision.


Meagan AndersonMeagan Anderson is a grade 1 teacher at Roseville Elementary School in Ohio. She presents regularly on social-emotional learning and the success she’s seen—both behaviorally and academically—by integrating SEL into her daily teaching.


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Wednesday, March 18, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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