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The Brain and Reading: Why Learning to Read Is Hard and What to Do About It

Monday, February 8, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

The Brain and Reading: Why Learning to Read Is Hard and What to Do About It

Presented by Tammy Miller, Vice President of North America, Readable English; and Becky Mungle, Principal, Templeton Elementary School, Monroe County Community School Corporation (IN)
Moderated by Paul Breda, K-12 Educational Partnerships, Readable English

Sponsored by Readable English

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Have you ever wondered why we are facing a literacy crisis? A look at The Nation’s Report Card reveals that there has been no improvement to the low reading rates of our students for the past 30 years, despite increases in special education, Title I and school improvement grant dollars, technology, and the influx of countless intervention programs. This recorded edWebinar will explore the underlying causes of literacy failure and how understanding the connections between the brain, reading, and the English language will help.

In this recorded presentation, you will learn about:

  • The complexities of the English language
  • The brain and reading – understanding cognitive load and orthographic mapping
  • Willingham’s cognitive model and Stanislas Dehaene’s neuronal recycling hypothesis
  • A solution to address the intrinsic problems of learning to read English

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 principals, reading teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, classroom teachers, curriculum coordinators, federal program directors, and all educators who have a role in improving student literacy. 


Tammy MillerAbout the Presenters

Tammy Miller is a literacy warrior. Her passion to advance student literacy is evident in her 30+ years in education through her roles as a teacher, principal, and director of elementary education in the public schools, and also as a nationally sought-after consultant brought in to turn around failing schools in highly complex circumstances. Tammy’s combined knowledge of systemic change, instruction, curricula, and school operations have provided the tools schools need to improve student outcomes. Tammy received her Bachelor of Science in elementary education with a reading endorsement at Indiana University and master’s in educational leadership at Butler University.


Becky MungleBecky Mungle is a 25-year veteran of education with an emphasis in research-based interventions and teaching techniques. She spent the first seven years of her career teaching in both elementary and middle school and has been an elementary principal for the past 18 years. She is currently working as an elementary principal in southern Indiana. Becky has worked tirelessly to address the literacy problem facing our schools and successfully utilizes Readable English to support struggling readers in her school. She is a current member of IASP and a member of Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society.


Paul BredaAbout the Moderator

Paul Breda has been serving public education for over 20 years, first as a devoted local school board member and also as a trusted solutions provider of services and resources that improve instruction and foster continuous improvement in student achievement through collaboration and team building. Paul received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and master’s in management from the University of Phoenix. Paul is grateful for the effect that public education had on his life and the lives of his family.


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Readable EnglishReadable English, LLC brings an innovative suite of science-based products and services to the struggle against illiteracy, a condition that diminishes the lives of some 800 million people worldwide. This number includes fully two-thirds of our nation’s K-12 students who are reading “below proficiency,” a situation that has shown no signs of improvement for nearly 30 years. With patented technology, coaching and professional development services, Readable English helps schools and districts boost measured reading proficiency by offering a cutting-edge solution to the underlying causes of reading failure. The mission of this fast-growing company is to accelerate reading proficiency and combat the deeply damaging effects of illiteracy so students attain happier, healthier lives that are more productive, fulfilling and rewarding.

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Monday, February 8, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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