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Building Strong Readers: The Power of Multicriteria Decodable Texts

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Student reading

Presented by Cheryl Lundy Swift, Ed.D., Professional Learning Director, Learning Without Tears; and Sam Deffes, M.Ed., Professional Learning Literacy Advisor, Learning Without Tears

Sponsored by Learning Without Tears

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Research indicates that ALL students benefit from using decodable books as they apply connected phonics and word-study skills to become more confident readers. High-quality multicriteria decodable texts have also been shown to have varied vocabulary and help build comprehension skills.

During this interactive edWebinar, educators and other stakeholders who support students in kindergarten through third grade explore the role of multicriteria decodable texts on the pathway to reading proficiency, analyze the elements of quality decodable texts, and gain instructional strategies to support the acquisition of phonics and word-study skills through meaningful practice. By the end of this session, viewers are able to:

  • Define and evaluate the elements of quality decodable texts
  • Explore the relationship between multicriteria decodable books and reading proficiency
  • Support student acquisition and practice of phonics and word-study skills through the use of multicriteria decodable texts

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-3 teachers and school leaders.

Cheryl Lundy Swift

About the Presenters

Dr. Cheryl Lundy Swift has been a dedicated and innovative educator for over 25 years. Cheryl currently serves as Learning Without Tears’ Professional Learning Director where she leads the curation of professional learning experiences for teachers and school leaders worldwide. She has worked in leadership and executive roles for various educational organizations including public schools, post-secondary institutions, and education companies. Cheryl is an award-winning educational leader, curriculum developer, motivational speaker, and facilitator. Her unique mix of wit, grit, and passion “edutains,” inspires, and equips school leaders, teachers, and families to help students reach their fullest potential. Cheryl has received a number of awards and commendations including Investor Bank’s Educator of the Year Award. Cheryl makes a difference in her community by serving on a variety of boards and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Cheryl is the host of Literacy Matters: Conversations with Cheryl where she interviews renowned literacy researchers, authors, and practitioners to explore today’s early literacy landscape and to provide school leaders, teachers, and families practical solutions.

Sam Deffes

Sam Deffes has been an educator for over 16 years. She began her career at SP Livingston Elementary in Duval County and taught grades K-4 where she led the MTSS team. She also served Duval County as a reading coach and district literacy specialist. Sam is an accomplished professional development facilitator, coach, and content developer. She received her master’s degree from the University of Florida with a focus on curriculum and instruction in reading. Sam lives in Middleburg, FL with her husband and two beautiful children. She is currently a Literacy Advisor for 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.

Building Strong Readers


Wednesday, September 13, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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