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Using Decodable Books to Teach Phonics and Word Recognition

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Using Decodable Books to Teach Phonics and Word Recognition

Presented by Barbara Steinberg, CEO, PDX Reading Specialist
Moderated by Terrie Noland, Ph.D., CALP, Vice President of Educator Initiatives, Learning Ally

Sponsored by Learning Ally

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Reading with fluency and comprehension is the goal of all reading instruction. To become fluent, students must develop word recognition—the ability to recognize words with accuracy and automaticity. The question is, how do students develop accuracy and automaticity? The answer involves a combination of knowing what to teach, how to teach it, and which tools to use. In this edWebinar, viewers:

  • Learn that phonics instruction begins at the sub-word level and progresses through the word, phrase, sentence, and text levels
  • Understand and apply the main tenets of explicit, systematic instruction
  • Evaluate instructional routines focused on building word reading accuracy vs. automaticity
  • Develop strategies for fluency instruction using decodable texts
  • Examine small group lessons which demonstrate the use of decodable books for teaching phonics

If you teach beginning reading or support older struggling readers, this session is for you! FREE resources are also shared.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 teachers and school and district leaders.

Barbara SteinbergAbout the Presenter

Barbara Steinberg has been educating, mentoring, and inspiring students, educators, and parents for more than 25 years, first as a classroom teacher and now as a dyslexia and educational consultant. She is the founder of PDX Reading Specialist, an organization whose mission is to inspire individuals to become CONFIDENT and CAPABLE learners.

At her core, Barbara is an educator and advocate working to reshape the narrative of what it means to learn differently. She is a nationally recognized speaker, delivering keynote speeches for Learning Ally, edWeb, and Decoding Dyslexia. She is passionate about training educators on how to deliver evidence-based instruction, equipping them with tools to be successful, and inspiring all to believe that we can not only overcome reading challenges, but also prevent them from taking hold. Barbara hopes her presentation inspires and empowers you to help students become confident and capable learners.

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.

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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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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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