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Using the Science of Reading to Develop Foundational Reading Skills and Comprehension

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Using the Science of Reading to Develop Foundational Reading Skills and Comprehension

Presented by Dr. John Sabatini, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Psychology and the Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Memphis
Hosted by Dr. Yevgen Borodin, CEO, Capti Voice, and Research Professor, Stony Brook University

Sponsored by Capti Voice

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Join this edWebinar to learn more about the foundational reading skills that are critical for reading development. Review the reading science behind these skills and the importance of assessing them. Learn about the instructional activities that will help you differentiate instruction and develop these skills faster.

By the end of this edWebinar, viewers will be able to:

  • Identify, describe, and contrast foundational reading skills
  • Explain the importance of these skills in reading development
  • Recommend one or more strategies for developing each skill

At the conclusion, viewers can see a quick demonstration of ETS ReadReady assessment developed as part of the IES Reading for Understanding initiative, as well as learn about a Literacy MicroGrant CFP to receive the ETS ReadReady assessment for free.

This recorded edWebinar will be of benefit to kindergarten through higher education teachers and school and district leaders. 


John SabatiniAbout the Presenter

Dr. John Sabatini is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Memphis. He was formerly a Principal Research Scientist in the Center for Global Research, R&D Division at Educational Testing Service. His research spans reading literacy development and disabilities, assessment, cognitive psychology, the learning sciences, and educational technology. Dr. Sabatini’s research projects span understanding and instructing adolescents and adults with reading-difficulties; exploring the reading, writing, and critical thinking capabilities of adolescents; and aiding English language learners to develop reading, language, and content area learning skills. He has been the principal investigator of the Institute of Education Sciences funded grants to develop preK – 12 comprehension assessments, as part of the Reading for Understanding initiative, and to adapt those assessments for use in adult education programs. He has completed an NICHD funded Learning Disabilities Research Center project studying subtypes of reading disabilities.


Yevgen BorodinAbout the Host

Dr. Yevgen Borodin is the CEO of Capti Voice and a Research Professor at Stony Brook University. He is a leading researcher and entrepreneur in the field of computer accessibility. He invented an array of methods and assistive technology for improving accessibility for people with disabilities. Dr. Borodin co-authored 50+ peer-reviewed publications and received numerous awards, including the MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 and the FCC Chairman’s Award for Advancing Accessibility. His research has been consistently funded by federal grant awards from the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Administration for Community Living.


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Capti Voice

Capti Voice literacy and learning platform helps assess, improve, and accommodate reading:
1) Learn why students struggle to read by assessing 6 foundational reading skills.
2) Improve reading by focusing instruction on the weakest skills holding students back.
3) Provide instructional and testing accommodations to ELs and Special Ed. students.

Capti Voice


Wednesday, February 5, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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