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Closing the Knowledge Gap: Engaging Every Student with Complex Texts

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

A diverse group of teens sit together reading books.

Presented by Megan Jensen, Director of Literacy Impact, Carnegie Learning; and Heather Sampselle, Director of Professional Learning Design, Literacy, Carnegie Learning

Sponsored by Carnegie Learning

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The ability to understand complex texts is a critical driver of college and career readiness. But how can we guarantee every student in our schools has the opportunity to build knowledge from complex texts, no matter their decoding ability or language proficiency? This edWebinar established a rationale for why educators should see complex texts as the starting point—not the end goal—of instruction for every student.

Viewers explore how to balance complex, grade-level text with students’ individual reading needs in order to build the background knowledge and vocabulary essential to lifelong language comprehension.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to middle and high school teachers and school and district leaders.

Megan Jensen

About the Presenters

Megan Jensen is the Director of Literacy Impact at Carnegie Learning. She is a former reading specialist with experience developing K-12 writing instruction and blended professional development for schools and districts across the United States, as well as literacy and library programming abroad. Her work is driven by her belief that every student can learn, and that there is transformative power in supporting students in reading and writing about their worlds. She holds a B.A. in English from UCLA and an M.A. in international and comparative education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Heather Sampselle

Heather Sampselle is the Director of Professional Learning Design, Literacy at Carnegie Learning. Heather is a passionate and forward-thinking lover of education. She taught at the elementary level in Florida and Maryland and brings a variety of experiences to the table, which includes developing and leading professional learning sessions with teachers, leaders, and coaches at the district, state, and national levels. Her background in literacy classrooms and curriculum design helps Heather construct strategic and relevant professional learning experiences for educators and leaders around the country. Heather holds a B.A. in elementary education from the University of South Florida and an M.A. in teaching and learning administration. She resides in Frederick, MD with her husband and her golden retriever, Charlie, and enjoys cycling, trail running, and spending time with friends and family.

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Carnegie Learning

Carnegie Learning is celebrating 25 years as a leader in AI-driven technology, curriculum, and professional learning solutions for K-12 education. Our award-winning math, literacy, world languages, professional learning, and high-dosage tutoring products deliver real and lasting results. Born from cognitive science research at Carnegie Mellon University, we are known for harnessing the power of data to improve student performance. Our range of products allows us to support more than 2 million students and educators in all 50 states and Canada. Named a Top Place to Work for six years in a row, our employees are passionate about partnering with educators in the classroom.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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