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The Link Between the Science of Reading and Written Communication Skills

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Presented by Valerie Zaryczny, MS, OTR/L, Learning Without Tears; and Yasmin Lynch, MA, Early Childhood Education, Learning Without Tears

Sponsored by Learning Without Tears

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This edWebinar reviews recent research into early literacy development, revealing the powerful effect of explicitly integrating reading, handwriting, and keyboarding instruction as we prepare students to read fluently, communicate thoughtfully across mediums and technology devices, and engage fully in their education and in the world. Viewers review the elements of effective instruction based on the Science of Reading and discuss the developmental sequence for learning reading, handwriting, and keyboarding skills from readiness to fluency. Watch to learn how integrating these skills can have a lifelong impact on PreK-5 students’ literacy development.

View this edWebinar to:

  • Identify the connection between the Science of Reading and written communication skills
  • Understand the links between handwriting, keyboarding, and overall literacy success
  • Connect both explicit instruction and an integrated approach to best support reading and writing development

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK-5 teachers, school leaders, education technology leaders, and occupational therapists.


Valerie ZarycznyAbout the Presenters

Valerie Zaryczny received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University and a Master of Science degree in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a pediatric OT with experience across multiple settings including schools, clinics, early intervention, and teletherapy. She first attended a Handwriting Without Tears workshop in 2004 as a new therapist and has been in love with the products and methods ever since! Valerie became a National Workshop Presenter for Learning Without Tears in 2011.

Yasmin LynchYasmin Lynch is a passionate educator and professional development facilitator. Yasmin earned a master’s in early childhood education from California State University, Northridge and a bachelor’s in political science from University of California, Los Angeles. Yasmin’s passion for education was sparked in her hometown of Los Angeles after serving homeless children and their families at an after-school program, where she saw visible disparities across racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, and neighborhood zip code lines. She began her career as a classroom teacher and later moved into the roles of early interventionist, state policy specialist, and school administrator. In addition, she is experienced in the development and facilitation of professional learning for educators including district and school administrators, mental health professionals, and law enforcement. Yasmin currently serves as a professional learning consultant and a Bilingual National Presenter with Learning Without Tears.

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Learning Without TearsLearning Without Tears’ mission in today’s changing learning landscape is to ensure that the path to student success remains simple and fun. We provide child-friendly, hands-on, innovative instruction for early learning, handwriting, keyboarding, and writing strategies, and our programs reach more than 31 million students in Pre-K through fifth grade.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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