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How Do We Teach Teenagers to Read?

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

How Do We Teach Teenagers to Read?

Presented by Louise Baigelman, Founder and CEO, Storyshares; and Shira Engel, Director of Education, Storyshares

Sponsored by The Educating All Learners™ Alliance (EALA), An InnovateEDU Project

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Storyshares is spearheading the campaign for grade-level reading beyond the third grade by bringing together culturally inclusive and Science-of-Reading-aligned literacy solutions that empower and transform reading growth for the 68% of students* in 4th-12th grade who lack key literacy skills.

68% of fourth graders don’t know how to read. In this edWebinar, the presenters share how educators can meet these students where they are with engaging, age-appropriate content. “Easy to read but hard to put down,” the Storyshares library offers choices of culturally inclusive titles that are filled with diverse, relatable, and compelling characters, paired with accessible language and format. They have a collection of free resources and eBooks as well as cost-effective book and digital library subscriptions with a prioritized mission for access to all students.

Learn how to help your students at any age and skill level transform from reluctant to avid readers with the right content and targeted opportunities for practice.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to middle and high school teachers and school leaders.

Louise Baigelman

About the Presenters

Louise Baigelman is the founder and CEO of Storyshares, a mission-driven literacy organization focused on engaging and empowering readers and writers of all levels. Before starting Storyshares, Louise was a literacy specialist and a reading, writing, and ESL teacher; she has supported students from PreK through high school, as a fifth-grade ELA teacher, middle school ESL coordinator, literacy coach, and tutor. Louise was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, the International Literacy Association’s 30 Under 30 list, and she has received awards from the Library of Congress, Teach For America, and Penn’s Graduate School of Education for her work with Storyshares. Louise holds a B.A. in English and psychology from Cornell University and an M.A. in education from Boston University.

Shira Engel

Shira Engel is an ELA educator, Wilson-certified dyslexia practitioner, curriculum creator, and the Director of Education for StoryShares. She is fiercely passionate about culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy, social justice through literacy, and educating the whole child. Shira developed her passion for all things literacy when she started teaching middle school humanities and noticed that many of her brilliant teenage students struggled with sounding out words. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for the transformative power of the Science of Reading and literacy advocacy. She earned her M.A. in secondary English education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her B.A. in English and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies at Wesleyan University.

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The Educating All Learners Alliance (EALA)

The Educating All Learners Alliance (EALA) is an uncommon coalition of organizations committed to resource sharing and community-building that supports the efforts of the education community to meet the needs of students with disabilities or learning differences. The Alliance represents voices from a diverse range of communities, including disability advocacy, parent, special education, civil rights, and K-12 nonprofit education organizations. EALA leads the development of a Resource Library, Tech Tool Library, events, podcasts, and working groups in order to bring awareness to the challenges and opportunities surrounding students with disabilities in K12 education, and how we can best support them.

The Educating All Learners™ Alliance (EALA)


Wednesday, October 11, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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