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Developing Strong Readers at Any Distance

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Developing Strong Readers at Any Distance

Presented by Wiley Blevins, M.Ed., Author, Editorial Director, Reycraft Books; and Patty McGee, M.Ed., Author, Literacy Consultant, Benchmark Education

Sponsored by Benchmark Education

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Discover ways to boost students’ reading growth and make up for lost learning time, whether you teach virtually or in the classroom. In this edWebinar, phonics expert Wiley Blevins and literacy author Patty McGee shares principles and practices for increasing student achievement through high-impact lessons, supportive instructional language, and culturally responsive texts for K-6.

This research-based recorded edWebinar will help you gain expertise and confidence in improving reading skills online or in the classroom, by building social-emotional connections and using them as the lever for effective instruction and meaningful practice. You’ll learn how to:

  • Quickly assess students to determine their current learning needs and then provide targeted teaching
  • Link phonics and comprehension instruction to decodable texts and trade books, whether printed or online
  • Develop effective written responses to text that increase understanding and improve expressive language
  • Scaffold independent practice that leads to effective transfer and application of skills

This recorded edWebinar will emphasize tools and techniques for virtual teaching—and include candid sharing about what does and doesn’t work—so it will be of interest to literacy and curriculum directors, instructional coaches, principals, reading specialists, and K-6 teachers.


Wiley BlevinsAbout the Presenters

Wiley Blevins is an early reading specialist who holds an M.Ed. from Harvard University. He taught elementary school in both the United States and South America. Wiley has written and edited many phonics and reading materials and is the author of numerous best-selling professional development books, including Meaningful Phonics and Word Study. Wiley also serves as the editorial director for Benchmark’s trade book imprint, Reycraft Books.


Patty McGeePatty McGee, M.Ed. is a New Jersey-based author, educator and literacy leader who envisions learning environments where teachers and students discover their true potential and power. Patty has received the Milken Educator Award (2020) and is the author of The 7 Essentials of Writer’s Workshop.




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Benchmark Education

Benchmark Education promotes building language and literacy for life. Support for the whole child is how learning happens. At Benchmark Education, a whole-child mindset underpins all that we do. We apply research-based approaches that strive to build equity, access and excellence for every child, at every distance. Learn more at



Tuesday, August 18, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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