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Using the Read-Aloud, Think-Aloud as a Way to Model Metacognition for Students

Thursday, February 10, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Using the Read-Aloud, Think-Aloud as a Way to Model Metacognition for Students

Presented by Terrie Noland, Ph.D., CALP, Vice President, Educator Initiatives, Learning Ally; Heather Wiederstein, Vice President, Solutions Development, Learning Ally; and Dr. Molly Ness, Teacher Educator, Literacy Researcher, Podcaster, and Author

Sponsored by Learning Ally

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View this edWebinar to learn how read-alouds with students are an incredible way for students to build and strengthen their metacognition as they experience:

  • Literacy and learning as a source of enjoyment
  • Critically engaging with a text
  • Thinking and wondering about a text

Dynamic and engaging read-alouds are also “think-alouds” as teachers demonstrate (and encourage and support students) on how to think critically about a text. In think-alouds, students experience the thought processes behind engaging with and analyzing a text, and witness “thinking about a text” and “thinking about thinking” in action. Students become active learners, readers, and thinkers with read-aloud, think-alouds as their comprehension skills and understandings, their cognition and social-emotional learning and development build and reinforce each other—all while enjoying and delighting in books.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to kindergarten through elementary teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.


Terrie NolandAbout the Presenters

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.


Heather WiedersteinHeather Wiederstein was appointed to the role of Vice President of Solutions Development in July 2019. She oversees the vision and development of Learning Ally’s Solutions. Heather has spent the last 15 years writing, designing, and managing the delivery of learner-focused educational software. Bringing an educator’s eye to every software project, Heather strives to bring Learning Ally’s partners the highest quality, easy-to-use technology solutions by being keenly in tune with the educators and learners in today’s classrooms. She leverages this understanding and connection to create meaningful education technology solutions that improve classroom practice and student learning. Heather started her career as a certified classroom teacher in Pennsylvania, teaching reading, English language arts, and literature and composition in grades 6-12.


Molly NessDr. Molly Ness is a former classroom teacher, reading researcher, and teacher educator. She holds a doctorate in reading education from the University of Virginia and spent 16 years as an associate professor at Fordham University. With four books and numerous peer-reviewed articles, her research focuses on reading comprehension, teachers’ instructional decisions, and dyslexia. In 2019, Dr. Ness began the End Book Deserts podcast to bring attention to the issue of book access and equity. She serves on the board of directors for the International Literacy Association and on the elementary advisory panel for Penguin Random House.


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

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Learning AllyLearning Ally is a leading education solutions organization committed to transforming the lives of struggling learners. The Learning Ally Audiobook Solution is a proven reading accommodation comprised of human-read audiobooks, student centric features and a suite of teacher resources. Used in more than 17,000 schools, this solution successfully helps students with reading deficits become engaged learners and reach their academic potential.

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Thursday, February 10, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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