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One School’s Science of Reading Transformation: How We Did It (So You Can, Too)

Thursday, November 9, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

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Presented by John Arthur, Sixth-Grade Teacher, Meadowlark Elementary School (UT), and 2021 Utah Teacher of the Year; and Jacqlyn Spell, Principal, Meadowlark Elementary School (UT)
Moderated by Dr. Brandy Bugni, State and Regional Outreach Manager, Lexia

Sponsored by Lexia Learning

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Between the pandemic learning loss and shifting curricular tides away from ineffective practices like balanced literacy, educators are hyperfocused on instruction based on the Science of Reading. However, choosing a new instructional path and implementing a new curriculum in the classroom are very different tasks.

View this edWebinar with 2021 Utah Teacher of the Year John Arthur and Principal of Meadowlark Elementary School Jacqlyn Spell as they share how they implemented a Science-of-Reading-based approach in their school and saw tremendous gains in their students. Viewers learn firsthand how Jacqlyn, John, and the full Meadowlark school increased their students’ literacy rates and get an overview for how other schools can do the same. They walk away with actionable strategies for literacy instruction and schoolwide processes to accelerate reading for all.

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

John Arthur

About the Presenters

John Arthur is the 2021 Utah Teacher of the Year and 2021 National Teacher of the Year Finalist. He is in his 10th year of teaching at Meadowlark Elementary, a Title I school in Salt Lake City. John is a National Board Certified Teacher, a Utah Teacher Fellow with the Hope Street Group, and an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at Westminster College.

Jacqlyn Spell

As a first-generation graduate, Jacqie Spell began her journey in education 17 years ago, driven by an unwavering commitment to providing the best possible education for young minds. Over the years, Jacqie has held various roles in the education sector, including teacher, educational consultant, instructional coach, and school administrator. Jacqie is currently serving as Principal of Meadowlark Elementary, a Title 1, highly impacted school in Salt Lake City, Utah. Under Jacqie’s leadership, in collaboration with a highly skilled literacy coach and effective teachers with an unwavering dedication to improving student outcomes, Meadowlark Elementary recently exited Comprehensive School Improvement (CSI) or school turnaround for the first time in over a decade. As an instructional leader, she is committed to building positive relationships and creating a safe, inclusive school environment where all students and staff can thrive and achieve at high levels.

Brandy Bugni

About the Moderator

Dr. Brandy Bugni is the State and Regional Outreach Manager at Lexia. Dr. Bugni is an accomplished education professional with expertise in literacy leadership, policy, and implementation. She started her career in education as an elementary teacher, became a state instructional coach, and served ten years at the Michigan Department of Education leading literacy and systems initiatives. Dr. Bugni has worked at Lexia to support state leaders in thought partnership on implementing literacy guidance and policy. She holds a Doctor of Education in educational leadership and has a strong track record of success in managing literacy programs, delivering professional learning, and shaping educational policies. Dr. Bugni is known for her ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders and influence positive outcomes in student achievement.

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Lexia®, a Cambium Learning Group company, is the Structured Literacy expert. For nearly 40 years, the company has focused solely on literacy, and today provides science of reading-based solutions for both students and educators. With robust offerings for differentiated instruction, personalized learning, assessment, and professional learning, Lexia helps more learners read, write, and speak with confidence. For more information, visit

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