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How Voice Technology Supports Equitable Phonics Instruction in a Science of Reading World

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Presented by Jimmy Brehm, Vice President of Academic Planning and Solution Development, Scholastic; and Brenda McGuirk, Head of Education Product, SoapBox Labs

Sponsored by Scholastic Education Solutions

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As educators look to align their literacy instruction with the Science of Reading, equitable phonics instruction must play a role. In this edWebinar, we show you how you can make phonics instruction more equitable for all. We explore best practices, how to extend learning to build knowledge and language comprehension, and ways voice recognition technology can support learning.

Explore how differentiation options, embedded multilingual supports, and dialect supports can ensure foundational literacy mastery for all learners.

  • Discover how voice recognition technology supports equity by meeting the diverse needs of learners in the classroom, regardless of race, background, age, or ethnicity
  • Learn how motivating, targeted practice and skills-level reporting provide opportunities to solidify learning
  • Highlight how data and skills-level reporting allows teachers to target instruction to student needs

This recorded edWebinar is be of interest to K-3 teachers, instructional specialists, education technology leaders, and school and district leaders.

Jimmy BrehmAbout the Presenters

Jimmy Brehm is currently Vice President of Academic Planning and Solution Development at Scholastic, supporting schools and districts around the country with creating and implementing high-quality literacy instructional practices. Prior to joining Scholastic, Jimmy was the Chief Academic Officer at Woodford County Schools in Kentucky. He has over 15 years of experience in public education, excelling in roles such as director of curriculum and instruction and elementary school principal. Jimmy started his career as a fifth-grade classroom teacher at Nicholasville Elementary School in Jessamine County, Kentucky.

Brenda McGuirkBrenda McGuirk is the Head of Education Product at SoapBox Labs, the leading voice AI company powering preK-12 education tools. She has over 20 years’ experience working in the edtech industry. In her career to date, she has been head of production and partnerships for an international digital learning and assessment company. She has had the privilege to be part of the strategic teams that established the first edtech-applied research center in Trinity College Dublin, the world’s first fully digital animation studio in the USA, and the first major animation studio in Ireland.

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Scholastic Education SolutionsScholastic Education Solutions provides teachers, families, and communities with the tools they need to support each and every child with print and technology-based learning programs for pre-K to grade 12, expert professional development, family and community engagement, and learning supports.


Tuesday, May 16, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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