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Shifting Reading Instruction in a Realistic and Manageable Way: The Gentle Shift

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Shifting Reading Instruction in a Realistic and Manageable Way: The Gentle Shift

Presented by Elise Lovejoy, CEO and Founding Teacher, Express Readers
Moderated by Erica Vuolle, Educator Engagement Coordinator, EdCuration

Sponsored by Express Readers
Hosted by EdCuration

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Shifting practices to meet the research in reading can feel overwhelming, especially with the lack of funding, obstacles in implementation, and constant changes that teachers face daily. Educators and administrators need to find ways to make the change more manageable, even within their existing environments with only the available resources.

During this edWebinar, educators receive a quick summary of the current movement in education towards structured literacy. They are then introduced to practical approaches for shifting mindset and instruction, in areas such as reading groups/centers, planning methods, daily routines, and educational materials—all without needing to overspend or overwhelm.

The gentle shift is a mindset and a path for all educators who might be struggling with where to begin. Essentially, the transformation begins with educators, not with programs or packaged materials. These realistic approaches give educators the tools to start shifting practices effectively and to construct a strong foundation to achieve the desired results for their students.

This recorded edWebinar helps TK-3 educators initiate a successful adoption of evidence-based reading practices.


Elise LovejoyAbout the Presenter

Elise Lovejoy is the founder and CEO of Express Readers, a TK-2nd-grade foundational skills and reading program. Express Readers’ mission is to provide the highest quality of resources and the fullest extent of teacher support, all with the outcome of higher literacy rates and more engaged readers—anchored in the belief that “every child deserves to learn to read.” Elise holds a BA and an MA in elementary education with 15+ years of experience in the classroom, grades K-2nd grade. During her teaching, Elise became frustrated at the lack of quality decodable books and resources created by educators who understood realistic applications in classrooms. She threw herself into research and studies to author a large collection of decodable books, design a full foundational skills curriculum, and form a teacher-run company, which now supports hundreds of schools across the U.S. and Canada.


Erica VuolleAbout the Moderator

Erica Vuolle is the educator engagement coordinator at EdCuration. She is a committed educator with ten years’ experience inspiring elementary and middle school students, transforming classroom cultures, and implementing effective programs. Originally from the east coast, she started her career in Boston and has been working in Denver for the past nine years. She is a certified yoga teacher and loves to share her passion for movement and wellness with youth in the Denver area. She enjoys geeking out on literature, hiking, camping, discovering live music, and collecting vinyl.


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Express ReadersBuilt and run by teachers, Express Readers delivers a TK-2nd grade foundational skills program and professional development to ensure each and every student learns to read. Express Readers has been successfully supporting schools, teachers, and students across the United States since 2014.


EdCuration’s mission is to get better resources into classrooms faster to increase student success. To this end, we run the Certified EdTrustees program, bringing together aspiring educational leaders to review and pilot instructional resources and provide feedback to the developers regarding how to improve those learning solutions. EdTrustees who love the piloted solutions advocate for their adoption by their school or district.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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