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5 Ways to Improve Foundational Skills Instruction Right Now: The Science of Reading in Practice Series

Thursday, December 14, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

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Presented by Dr. Julia B. Lindsey, Foundational Literacy Expert and Consultant
Moderated by Dr. Amanda Alexander, Chief Academic Officer, Scholastic

Sponsored by Scholastic Education Solutions

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Join Dr. Julia B. Lindsey, celebrated author of Reading Above the Fray, in an edWebinar exploring the critical role of foundational skills and the research behind it.

The first in Scholastic’s Science of Reading in Practice edWebinar series, Dr. Lindsey guides viewers through five evidence-based improvements they can make in their classrooms and districts right now. Educators walk away with a practical toolkit to transform their approach to foundational skills instruction. By the end of the session, you:

  • Understand the research behind foundational skills
  • Learn five practical, evidence-based swaps to improve foundational skills instruction
  • Acquire actionable techniques to implement in the classroom right now

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

Access the entire series in any sequence of your choice!

View Part 2 – 7 Modifications to Transform Reading Instruction: The Science of Reading in Practice Series
View Part 3 – Accelerate Language Comprehension with the Strive-for-Five Framework: The Science of Reading in Practice Series
View Part 4 – Big Words for Young Readers – Why We Must Start Earlier and How to Do It! The Science of Reading in Practice Series
View Part 5 – Teach Reading the Way the Brain Works Best: The Science of Reading in Practice Series
View Part 6 – Melissa and Lori Answer the Questions Educators Ask Most About Reading: The Science of Reading in Practice Series

Julia Lindsey

About the Presenter

Julia B. Lindsey, Ph.D. is an expert in early literacy development, curriculum, and instruction. She has worked with teachers, districts, curriculum developers, and other organizations to help translate reading research into practice. Her previous partnerships include collaborating with the Boston Public Schools and the District of Columbia Public Schools to create content-connected decodable texts, working with the Center for Black Educator Development to design and pilot a new Freedom Schools model focused on early literacy, and advising publishing companies on research-based reading instruction. Dr. Lindsey holds a BS in psychology from Davidson College, an MAT from Relay Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in educational studies, specializing in literacy, language, and culture, from the University of Michigan. She is a proud former elementary school teacher. She is currently the Early Literacy Manager for Reading Reimagined, an inclusive research and development program.

Amanda Alexander

About the Moderator

Dr. Amanda Alexander serves as Scholastic’s Chief Academic Officer. In this role, she leads research and validation efforts to ensure the efficacy of products, the delivery of professional learning services, and the company’s partnership with the Yale Child Study Center focusing on the intersection of literacy and health. Prior to joining Scholastic, Dr. Alexander served as the Vice President of Policy and Partnership Development at Teachstone. With more than 20 years of progressive leadership experience, the majority of Dr. Alexander’s service has been as a practitioner in the public sector. She has a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Howard University, an M.S.Ed. in educational leadership from Baruch College, and a Ph.D. in education from American University.

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The Science of Reading in Practice Series


Thursday, December 14, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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