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Reading and the Brain

Thursday, August 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Reading and the Brain

Presented by Dr. Vera Blau-McCandliss, Vice President of Education and Research, Square Panda
Sponsored by Square Panda



If you attend the live session, you’ll be emailed a CE certificate within 24 hours of the edWebinar. If you view the recording and would like a CE certificate, join the PreK-3 Digital Learning community and go to the edWebinar Archives folder to take the CE quiz.

Designed to speak directly to early literacy educators, this edWebinar with Dr. Vera Blau-McCandliss, Vice President of Education and Research at Square Panda, will focus on the science of early reading development to discuss the following questions:

  • Why do some students struggle with reading while it is virtually effortless for others?
  • What challenge does learning to read pose to the developing brain?
  • What have we learned about students with developmental dyslexia?
  • How can research on the brain and early literacy be translated to classroom practice?

Attendees will learn about the developmental changes that brain networks undergo to support learning to read. The presentation will discuss individual differences in reading ability, what we have learned about the neural mechanisms of developmental dyslexia and how multisensory teaching may be an optimal strategy for helping students who struggle.

It will also review how evidence-based research has recently affected dyslexia legislation in multiple states across the country. Finally, attendees will engage in discussion on how educators can translate insights from the learning sciences into the classroom and the role that digital educational technologies play in the pedagogy of the 21st century. PreK through elementary teachers will benefit from attending this session. There will be time to get your questions answered after Vera’s presentation.

Vera Blau-McCandlissAbout the Presenter
Dr. Vera Blau-McCandliss is a cognitive neuroscientist specializing in brain bases of reading challenges and development, and the vice president of education and research at Square Panda. In her academic research she has focused on the multisensory integration of letters and speech sounds in the dyslexic brain. Vera is an Orton-Gillingham certified instructor and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to curriculum for games and hands-on learning with children. She is currently driving Square Panda’s content development for digital games as well as user experience and product efficacy research.

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Square Panda It is often said that a child’s most precious gift is their curiosity. At Square Panda™, we are creating a new generation of products that let children follow their curiosity through play activities involving both the physical and virtual worlds.

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