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Ready For Reading: Preparing Elementary Teachers for Their Most Important Job

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Ready For Reading: Preparing Elementary Teachers for Their Most Important Job

Presented by Kate Walsh, President, National Council on Teacher Quality
Moderated by Terrie Noland, Ph.D., CALP, Vice President, Educator Initiatives, Learning Ally

Sponsored by Learning Ally

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Teaching a child how to read is the single most important job of an elementary school teacher, as third-grade reading proficiency marks a critical juncture in a child’s success in later grades and has implications for future life outcomes. However, particularly troubling survey findings from the EdWeek Research Center indicate only 11% of elementary teachers felt completely prepared to teach reading at the conclusion of their pre-service preparation. What is the quality of early reading instruction in teacher preparation?

In this edWebinar, watch Kate Walsh, President of the National Council on Teacher Quality, alongside Terrie Noland of Learning Ally, for an illuminating look into major trends in teacher preparation, the slow-going uptake of reading instruction aligned to the evidence, and the imperative need for quality pre-service instruction for educators.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to researchers, reading advocates, prospective teachers, current teachers, and leaders in the field of teacher education. 


Kate WalshAbout the Presenter

Kate Walsh has served as the president of the National Council on Teacher Quality since 2003. Driven by the belief that relevant, broadly accessible, comparative data can transform teacher quality, Kate has spearheaded efforts to instill greater transparency and higher standards among those institutions that exert influence and authority over teachers: states, districts, and teacher preparation programs. Notably, she produced the first-ever report card on the quality of the nation’s teacher preparation programs. A relentless advocate for equitable access to great teachers, Kate’s work has been widely featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, NPR, and PBS NewsHour, among others.

Previously, Kate worked as a program officer with The Abell Foundation in Baltimore, as well as the Baltimore City Public Schools and the Core Knowledge Foundation. Among her accomplishments, she started and ran an innovative boarding school located in Kenya, East Africa serving middle-school-age boys facing significant challenges in their school and home lives. A long-time resident of Baltimore, Kate and her husband have four grown children now scattered across the globe.


Terrie NolandAbout the Moderator

Listen. Learn. Teach. It’s that simple. Terrie Noland uses this philosophy as an innovator and a motivator, and it’s evident as she leads, coaches and mentors thousands of K-12 educators about the science of reading each year. She has a unique perspective on the need to unify all stakeholders around a vision for education to smash the reading divide for the millions of struggling readers. Her daily mission is to add value to educators to help influence transformational changes in school districts across the country by addressing the needs of marginalized students. Terrie seeks to share her expertise and passion to encourage and to illuminate a path towards success and measurable outcomes.

If you looked at Terrie’s resume, you would be confused. Her undergraduate and graduate degree work placed her in the field of criminal justice. However, it was through continuous listening and learning that led her on a journey in education starting out in preschool teaching and administration, then becoming a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP) and earning a Ph.D. in literacy and educational leadership from St. John’s University. Terrie is also a John Maxwell certified speaker and coach.

As Vice President of Educator Initiatives at Learning Ally, Terrie works to ignite enthusiasm and excitement by building champion educators and administrators on creating cultures of literacy and learning.


Closed captioning will be added to the recording within 2 weeks of the live presentation.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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