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Science of Reading Week: Ask Me Anything with Donna Hejtmanek

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Donna Hejtmanek, Reading Advocate and Founder of Science of Reading-What I Should Have Learned in College Facebook Group; and fellow group moderator Jennifer Cyr
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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Educators, especially those in the early grades, want the best literacy instruction for their students. The Science of Reading provides teachers with the knowledge they need to give their students the gift of literacy.

Watch Donna Hejtmanek, former teacher, reading specialist, legislative champion, and owner of the beloved Facebook Group, Science of Reading—What I Should Have Learned in College, in a dynamic “Ask Me Anything” session, where she answers questions about the Science of Reading, implementation, and best practices to help students succeed. Donna is joined by fellow group moderator Jennifer Cyr.

Viewers have the opportunity to learn more about the application of the Science of Reading from a former teacher and reading specialist who also worked closely with her state’s government to ensure educators receive the education and training they need to help their students achieve literacy.

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.


Donna HejtmanekAbout the Presenters

Donna Hejtmanek (hite-man-ik) retired after 41 years of teaching special education and serving as a reading specialist/interventionist. She served as President of the Literacy Task Force of Northern Wisconsin; was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker in 2014 to Wisconsin’s Read to Lead Literacy Council; served as the Legislative Chair of the International Dyslexia Association; and served on The Legislative Council Study Committee on the Identification and Management of Dyslexia in 2018, resulting in Wisconsin’s first dyslexia bill, Act 86, signed into legislation in 2019. Donna was awarded the Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship Award in 2016. Now, in her fifth year of retirement, she spends her days creating professional development opportunities for teachers in her Facebook Group, Science of Reading—What I Should Have Learned in College; writing legislation; and again, serving as the President of the Literacy Task Force, a non-profit dedicated to Wisconsin teacher training in evidence-based practices.

Jennifer CyrJennifer Cyr has been a reading specialist for Rochester, NH schools since 2004. Thanks to her district’s longtime focus on the Science of Reading, Jen has become a teacher leader and an expert in evidence-based practices. She is a LETRS local facilitator, a national LETRS professional learning facilitator, and an Orton-Gillingham trained teacher. Through her LLC- Cyr Literacy Consulting, Jen supports schools that are shifting to the SOR. She also volunteers as a moderator on the Science of Reading: What I Should Have Learned in College Facebook page, and is the administrator of the Maine SOR page. She is the current secretary of the International Dyslexia Association- Northern New England branch serving Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Jennifer recently earned her C.A.G.S. in education from the University of New England.

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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Tuesday, April 25, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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