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Sound Walls: A Big Boost for Early Literacy

Thursday, June 9, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Sound Walls: A Big Boost for Early Literacy

Presented by Stacy Hurst, M.Ed., Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Southern Utah University, and Chief Education Officer, Reading Horizons; and Lindsay Kemeny, Second Grade Teacher, Davis School District (UT)

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Word walls have become a staple of K-3 instruction, but how effective are they? As Science of Reading research makes its way to classrooms, teachers are beginning to make the shift from word walls to sound walls because research shows that speech-to-print instruction produces better results for students than the more traditional print-to-speech approach.

In this edWebinar, literacy experts Stacy Hurst and Lindsay Kemeny introduce viewers to sound walls and how they help students make that vital connection between letters and the sounds those letters represent. This session also dives into interactive technology-enhanced sound walls, an innovation that enables students to practice sound articulation. Sound interesting? It’s the newest horizon in high-impact literacy learning.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-3 teachers, librarians, school leaders, education technology leaders, and curriculum leaders.

Learn more about sound walls in Sound Walls Part 2: Hear More about Literacy Success.


Stacy HurstAbout the Presenters

Stacy Hurst has degrees in sociology and elementary education and reading and has Advanced Reading and ESL Endorsements. In over 20 years as an educator, she has been a first-grade teacher, ELL teacher, literacy coach, reading specialist, and now a university professor. Her extensive experience includes teaching reading, coordinating interventions for struggling readers, coaching teachers, implementing blended learning, and training thousands of teachers on effective literacy instruction. Stacy is the chief academic officer at Reading Horizons, an assistant professor of teacher education at Southern Utah University and the co-author of Reading Horizons Discovery®.


Lindsay KemenyLindsay Kemeny has been teaching elementary school for 11 years and is currently teaching second grade. After her son was diagnosed with dyslexia and depression, she began her deep dive into effective literacy instruction. She is a CERI-certified Structured Literacy Classroom Teacher and has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. In addition to being a classroom teacher, Lindsay has served as a teacher mentor, reading interventionist, and presenter. She has had articles published in The Reading League Journal and Dystinct Magazine. She lives in northern Utah with her husband and four children.


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Thursday, June 9, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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