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The Power of Decodable Texts: Bring the Science of Reading and Joy to Reading Workshop

Monday, May 22, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Two girls face the camera holding books.

Presented by Sarah Mann, Staff Developer, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project; Beth Hickey, Staff Developer, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project; and Dr. Lucy Calkins, Founding Director, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project

Sponsored by Heinemann Publishing

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This edWebinar helps you use decodable books to bring the Science of Reading research—and joy—into your classroom. Decodable texts allow children to apply and practice phonics knowledge precisely as they read. The good news is that you can meanwhile support their deep comprehension, talk, knowledge development, and above all, engagement in reading and sense of personal agency. Watch this session to:

  • Learn to use screener data and a granular decoding assessment to match kids to decodable texts
  • Learn ways to curate a balanced reading diet for K-2 kids
  • Get a progression of decoding strategies and some beautiful tools that will make the hard work of decoding playful and fun
  • Watch videos of some high-leverage, replicable small groups that will accelerate your readers’ growth
  • Learn to write your own decodable books tailored to your children’s passions and their phonics development
  • Hear research that informs the use of decodable books
  • Discover ways well-written decodable books can support comprehension and vocabulary

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-2 teachers and school and district leaders.

Sarah MannAbout the Presenters

Sarah Mann shapes communities of practice wherever she goes, bringing educators together to focus on children first, working to increase educational equity. Sarah was a literacy coach in NYC charter schools before joining Teachers College Reading and Writing Project as a staff developer. Prior to that, she was an elementary classroom teacher for many years teaching at PS 36, in Harlem, and then PS 290, The Manhattan New School. Sarah is a co-author of K-2 reading and writing units of study, and she is also the author of a new decodable book in the Jump Rope Readers series.

Beth Hickey

Beth Hickey is a primary staff developer. Prior to joining Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Beth taught for 18 years in inclusive settings in New York City. In classrooms, she is known to build rapport with students, teach with their interests at the center of the curriculum, and design instruction that offers entry points for all learners. Beth is passionate about early literacy instruction and believes teaching children to decode, comprehend, and fall in love with books will create lifelong learners and critical thinkers. Beth holds an MA from Teachers College and achieved National Board Certification in literacy.

Lucy Calkins

Dr. Lucy Calkins founded TCRWP and has led the organization since its inception. Her early research, supported by the National Institute of Education and shared with Donald Graves, has been credited with creating a revolution in the teaching of writing. Methods of teaching she developed and popularized—including minilessons and units of study—are now part of the DNA of teachers across the globe. The organization she leads, TCRWP, has always been a think tank, drawing together researchers, speakers, and practitioners to rethink literacy education. She is the author or co-author of over 60 books, including Teaching Writing, Leading Well, and the Units of Study in Phonics, Units of Study in Reading, and Units of Study in Writing. Dr. Calkins is the Richard Robinson Professor of Children’s Literature at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she co-directs the Literacy Specialist Program.


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New! Jump Rope Readers Decodable Books In addition to your marvelous picture books and engaging trade books, including the Jump Rope Readers series, to give children all-important opportunities they need to practice the phonics they are learning in continuous texts.


Monday, May 22, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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