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Science of Reading Week: A Fireside Chat with Dr. Louisa Moats

Monday, April 24, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Dr. Louisa Moats, LETRS Author; and Dr. Liz Brooke, Chief Learning Officer, Lexia Learning
Moderated by Cassandra Wheeler, Senior Manager of LETRS State Success, Lexia Learning

Sponsored by Lexia Learning as part of Science of Reading Week April 24-28. Learn more.

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The Science of Reading provides educators with the “why” behind effective literacy instruction, and professional learning programs based in this gold standard body of research provide the “how” of classroom implementation.

Watch Dr. Louisa Moats, author of the award-winning professional learning program LETRS and President of Moats Associates Consulting, Inc., and Dr. Liz Brooke, Chief Learning Officer at Lexia Learning, as they have a fireside chat about the necessity of high-quality professional learning for educators, how LETRS came to be, and what’s needed to keep kids on the right literacy track today.

Viewers gain insight from leaders in the field, deepen their understanding of how the Science of Reading impacts classroom instruction, and why professional learning is so important for all educators.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK-12 teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders.

This edWebinar is part of Science of Reading Week.

This five-day event, April 24th – 28th, is your front row seat to learn from the brightest minds in the national literacy conversation and your key to unlocking literacy learning for every student. Join us for the week to unpack the science and ensure your students learn to read, write, and speak with confidence.


Louisa MoatsAbout the Presenters

Louisa Moats, Ed.D. has been a teacher, psychologist, researcher, graduate school faculty member, and author of many influential scientific journal articles, books, and policy papers on the topics of reading, spelling, language, and teacher preparation. Dr. Moats is the lead author of LETRS Professional Development and the textbook, Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers. Dr. Moats is also author of LANGUAGE!Live, a blended instructional program for middle and high school students, and co-author of Spellography, a structured language word study program for intermediate poor spellers. Dr. Moats’ awards include the prestigious Samuel T. and June L. Orton award from the International Dyslexia Association for outstanding contributions to the field, the Eminent Researcher Award from Learning Disabilities Australia, and the Benita Blachman award from the Reading League.

Liz Brooke

As Chief Learning Officer of Lexia® Learning, Dr. Liz Brooke is responsible for setting the educational vision for the company’s Language and Literacy products, including the Adaptive Blended Learning (ABL) strategy. She has been with the company for more than 10 years. Prior to joining Lexia, Dr. Brooke served as the Director of Intervention at the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR). She has been working in education for more than 25 years. She has worked in hospital, university, and school settings as a speech-language pathologist, researcher, and she began her career as a first-grade teacher. She has been published in several scholarly journals and books. Dr. Brooke shares Lexia’s mission of creating opportunity for every student through the power of literacy education, and it continues to be the driving force behind all her work.

Cassandra WheelerAbout the Moderator

Cassandra Wheeler is a proud “Poet” of the 1990 graduating class at Sidney Lanier High School of Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) in Alabama. In 1994, following undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education, Cassandra returned home to MPS and began her career as an educator at Morningview Elementary School. After earning her master’s degree and administrative certification, Cassandra joined the Alabama Reading Initiative, where she authored Alabama’s Reading First Initiative grant and managed Alabama’s statewide DIBELS pilot. In 2004, after serving the children of Alabama for ten years, Cassandra expanded her outreach to impact the life trajectories of students everywhere by joining the (then) Voyager Expanded Learning organization. Now, as the newly merged Lexia Learning, Cassandra serves the organization as the first-ever Senior Manager of LETRS State Success.

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Lexia® Learning, a Cambium® company, is one of the most impactful and highly respected reading-technology companies in the world. Founded over 35 years ago, Lexia’s research-proven programs help educators deliver personalized reading and language instruction for millions of K–12 students across the world.

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Monday, April 24, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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