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Science of Reading Misconceptions: Setting the Record Straight

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Science of Reading Misconceptions: Setting the Record Straight

Presented by Natalie Wexler, Education Writer and Author; and Cassandra Wheeler, Director of LETRS State Success, Lexia Learning

Sponsored by Lexia Learning

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As the Science of Reading gains national recognition, several misconceptions about what it is and includes continue to circulate. This gold-standard body of research provides a basis for effective literacy instruction and continues to evolve as experts learn more about how we learn to read. Dispelling these myths and ensuring the Science of Reading is accessible for all educators will help all students achieve literacy.

View this edWebinar with Natalie Wexler, acclaimed education writer and author of The Knowledge Gap, and Cassandra Wheeler, Director of LETRS State Success at Lexia, as they discuss common misunderstandings about the Science of Reading and provide research-backed responses to help everyone understand this valuable body of work—and what it means for student success in the classroom. Viewers learn the truth behind the most prevalent Science of Reading myths and hear directly from Natalie about finding common ground on literacy and ensuring educators are equipped with the necessary skills to get kids reading.

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

Natalie Wexler

About the Presenters

Natalie Wexler is the author of The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System—and How to Fix It (Avery 2019) and the co-author, with Judith C. Hochman, of The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades (Jossey-Bass 2017). She is also the host of “Reading Comprehension Revisited,” a six-episode series for the Knowledge Matters Podcast.

Cassandra Wheeler

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 Director of LETRS State Success.

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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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Tuesday, December 12, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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