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Sound Walls Part 2: Hear More about Literacy Success

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Sound Walls Part 2: Hear More about Literacy Success

Presented by Stacy Hurst, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Southern Utah University, and Chief Academic Officer, Reading Horizons; Lindsay Kemeny, Second Grade Teacher, Davis School District (UT); and Donell Pons, Dyslexia Educator and Consultant

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After the popular first Sound Walls edWebinar, join us for Sound Walls Part 2. The presenters answer many of the questions from the first session, and then look at the role sound walls can play in early literacy and in instruction for English and adult learners. Literacy experts Stacy Hurst, Lindsay Kemeny, and Donell Pons digs into the how’s, why’s, and when’s for using sound walls and the role they play in helping all learners make that vital connection between letters and the sounds those letters represent.

As Science of Reading research recommends, speech-to-print instruction produces better results for students than the more traditional print-to-speech approach. This edWebinar also dives into interactive, technology-enhanced sound walls, and their role in building sound articulation. If you missed the first Sound Walls edWebinar, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about this innovative approach. And if you’re eager to learn more about sound walls and their impact on literacy progress, view this session!

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK-12 teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, education technology leaders, curriculum leaders, science department chairs, and STEAM/STEM teachers.


Stacy HurstAbout the Presenters

Stacy Hurst 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®. She 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.


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.


Donell PonsDonell Pons is the mother of two children with dyslexia. She is a dyslexia presenter, consultant, and reading tutor. Donell received the Teacher of Tomorrow award when she completed a dual MED and MAT in teaching and learning from Westminster College. She was a member of the task force that wrote the Utah Dyslexia Handbook. Donell also has a special education certification and has taught secondary language arts and worked at a charter school focusing on supporting students on the autism spectrum. In 2016, Donell implemented a full literacy program at a public charter school, the American International School of Utah. Every educator and paraeducator K-5 received training in the same structured literacy reading program. She has had numerous articles published in Language Magazine, The Learning Counsel, ASCD SmartBrief, and Landmark Academy Newsletter regarding blended learning, reading instruction, and appropriate accommodations. She has also produced a nationally recognized three-part webcast series for Reading Horizons on teaching reading and recognizing dyslexia. Donell is currently teaching adults in the workplace who would like to improve their reading skills.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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