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Phonemic Awareness in Older Learners: Bridging the Gap

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Phonemic Awareness in Older Learners: Bridging the Gap

Presented by Marjorie Bottari, Director of Content Development, Heggerty; and Lori Jurjovec, Literacy Specialist, Heggerty

Sponsored by Heggerty

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Join us for an insightful edWebinar where we dig into the often-overlooked yet essential component of literacy development—phonemic awareness. Designed for educators, reading specialists, and literacy advocates, this session explores how phonemic awareness instruction can be a game-changer for older students who need support with word reading. Despite its critical importance in early reading stages, phonemic awareness remains vital for remediation in older readers, providing a foundation for improved decoding, spelling, and comprehension skills.

Key topics of this session include:

  • Understanding phonemic awareness and its impact on reading proficiency
  • Identifying signs of phonemic awareness deficits in older students
  • Practical, engaging activities to support older readers in developing these crucial skills

By the end of this edWebinar, viewers gain valuable insights and practical tools to help older struggling readers unlock their full potential through effective phonemic awareness instruction. Take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your teaching toolkit and make a lasting difference in your students’ literacy journeys. Empower your students to become confident, proficient readers!

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to elementary and middle school teachers, school leaders, and district leaders.

Marjorie Bottari

About the Presenters

Marjorie Bottari is an experienced teacher, reading specialist, reading coach, and elementary administrator. She has had the opportunity to work with a variety of grade levels, ranging from Pre-K-8. Marjorie has earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Elmhurst College, a master’s degree as a reading specialist from DePaul University, and a master’s in educational leadership and administration from Benedictine University. Marjorie had an opportunity to work with and learn from Dr. Michael Heggerty, who served as her mentor when receiving her administrative degree. Marjorie joined Heggerty in 2018 and is the co-author of Bridge the Gap and the Early Pre-Kindergarten curriculum.

Lori Jurjovec

Lori Jurjovec is an experienced educator and certified Orton-Gillingham instructor who has worked as a classroom teacher and a private tutor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. Lori has worked with students at all levels on the dyslexia spectrum, from early learners to illiterate adults. She is driven by her own experience as a classroom teacher who felt ill-prepared to help older students struggling with decoding and fluency and the empowerment of then learning how to help students push past the roadblocks of dyslexia through systematic, explicit instruction that is rooted in science.

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Heggerty is a literacy education company providing research-based reading and writing curricula for preschool and elementary classrooms. Founded over 20 years ago by Dr. Michael Heggerty, a reading instruction pioneer, we provide digital and print curriculum, decodable books, classroom resources, and professional development to help educators empower the next generation of readers.

Bridge the Gap Intervention


Wednesday, July 10, 2024
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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