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Shifting Towards Structured Literacy: From Theory to Practice

Thursday, May 11, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Erica Suarez, Literacy Specialist, Heggerty; and Laura Castro, Literacy Specialist, Heggerty

Sponsored by Heggerty

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Educators all around the world are making shifts in their literacy instruction to align with the Science of Reading. Whether driven by personal choice or prompted by an initiative to adopt new teaching methods, we are all on a path of continual learning together.

Join us in this edWebinar to learn about key shifts you can make to move towards structured literacy instruction. During this session, you discover:

  • Why reading is not a natural process and the significance of oral language in foundational literacy instruction
  • How to break down the Word Recognition and Comprehension strands of Scarborough’s Reading Rope
  • Practical tips and resources that you can apply immediately in your classroom or at home

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK-5 teachers, instructional specialists, and school and district leaders.


Erica SuarezAbout the Presenters

Erica Suarez is an experienced teacher and Instructional Literacy Coach. She has had the opportunity to work with a variety of grade levels ranging from K-5, teaching in Mexico and the United States. Erica has earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a Spanish major from Western Washington University, a master’s degree in bilingual education from the American College of Education, and a master’s degree in literacy from Judson University. Erica is passionate about dual language education and believes in providing all students with the early foundational literacy skills that they need to be successful.

Laura CastroLaura Castro is an experienced educator. She has had a variety of roles as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, and homeschooling parent. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies and Spanish and spent several years in Argentina before eventually moving back to the U.S. Laura serendipitously stumbled into education and never looked back. She holds a master’s degree in bilingual elementary education from Quincy University and has a deep love for language, linguistics, and biliteracy. Laura is passionate about improving literacy outcomes for all learners—teachers and students alike!

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Heggerty is a literacy education company providing the #1 phonemic awareness curriculum for preschool and elementary classrooms. Founded nearly 20 years ago by Dr. Michael Heggerty, we provide digital and print curriculum, classroom resources, and professional development to help educators empower the next generation of readers. Learn more at

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Thursday, May 11, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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