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The Five Pillars of Reading: A Foundation for Literacy Success in a Virtual World

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

The Five Pillars of Reading: A Foundation for Literacy Success in a Virtual World

Presented by Jason Carroll, Director of Product Management, Texthelp; and Kimberly Nix, Senior Professional Development Manager, Texthelp

Sponsored by Texthelp

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All the best things in life start with a strong foundation and the ability to read is a critical building block of every student’s literacy journey.

Every child is different, each one of them unique with their own star qualities, strengths, and challenges. And for many students, being in a class and now learning remotely from home can feel intimidating and even overwhelming, which can lead to a loss in reading achievement.

Academic success isn’t a given for an alarming 60% of US students classified as ‘struggling’. This group includes low performers on The Nation’s Report Card, as well as English Language Learners, or those qualifying for an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Factor in students with learning differences like dyslexia, and that’s an awful lot of students facing an uphill climb each day.

Now, can you imagine being able to give every single child in your class – regardless of age or ability – the proper one-on-one support they need while they practice their reading, even remotely? Imagine helping them understand the meaning of unfamiliar words and giving them a full appreciation of the cadence and content of any reading passage, whether in the classroom or from home.

In this edWebinar, we explore the five pillars of reading and why they are essential to successfully teach students to read. In particular, we explore how technology provides that much needed one-on-one support to further develop these pillars and, in turn, prevent students from losing reading achievement in times of change and in remote learning environments.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to kindergarten through middle school teachers and school leaders.

Jason CarrolAbout the Presenters

Jason Carroll is Director of Product Management at Texthelp. He has trained thousands on the effective use of educational technology throughout the United States and beyond since his start in education over a decade ago. His focus is on helping to make smart, easy to use products that help diverse learners of all ages succeed and speaks internationally on these topics each year. Jason is a graduate of the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) from California State University at Northridge, holds an M.B.A., is a Google Educator, and Authorized Google Education Trainer. He is a published author, has taught at the university level, and served as an independent consultant prior to his position at Texthelp.


Kimberly NixKimberly Nix is Senior Professional Development Manager at Texthelp. She has been with Texthelp for 9 years. As a reading and training specialist, she travels across the United States and Canada to present on Read&Write features and their applications to enhance learning. After 14 years of middle and high school classroom experience, Kimberly has been working with K-12 and higher education educators on using Literacy Strategies for learning for more than 15 years. She has a B.S. in elementary/middle education and an M.A. in K-12 reading education.


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Tuesday, May 5, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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