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[VIRTUAL] Science of Reading Symposium With Lucy Hart Paulson and Dr. Matthew Burns

About This Webinar

Raising Reading Achievement through Cutting-Edge Research

In partnership with Duval County Public Schools, we are thrilled to host Dr. Matthew Burns from the University of Florida Literacy Institute and Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson, LETRS Co-Author.

Join us virtually as they share cutting-edge research to inform the most effective strategies and interventions for raising students' reading achievement.

September 26th
10:30 am-12:30 pm ET

10:45 am -11:30 am ET: Connecting Writing to the Science of Reading: Foundations for Developing Readers and Writers With Lucy Hart Paulson
An increased understanding of the Science of Reading (SoR) is making positive and important impacts on literacy instruction. However, a focus on the science of writing has not had the same level of traction as reading instruction. Yet, a solid body of research supports the importance of interconnecting writing with reading instruction, especially in the early literacy time period. This session describes the developmental and interconnected sequences of foundational writing skills, with connections to reading; assessment strategies; and research-based instruction techniques to help young children build foundation writing and reading skills in the early grades.

11:30 am -12:15 pm ET: Raising Reading Achievement for Emerging Readers: In the Middle Lies Opportunity with Dr. Matthew Burns, University of Florida Literacy Institute
An effective multi tiered system of support depends on effective interventions at all tiers, but which intervention do you pick? This interactive session will demonstrate how to use screening data to identify the type of reading intervention that students need and will discuss specific interventions to address them.

  • 10:30 AM - Virtual event stream begins, Sara Rich, Founder and CEO of Just Right Reader to greet attendees
  • 10:35 AM- Duval County, Dr. Brandie Berry, Director of K-12 Literacy
  • 10:45 AM - Lucy Hart Paulson, Co-author of LETRS and Literacy Expert
  • 11:30 AM- Dr. Matthew Burns, University of Florida Literacy Institute
  • 12:15 PM - Just Right Reader Demonstration
Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter
Co-Author LETRS
Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, is an author and literacy specialist with a mission of bringing research to practice. She is also a speech-language pathologist with many years of experience working with educators and with young children and their families in a wide range of educational settings. In addition, Lucy was an associate professor teaching and conducting research in the areas of language and literacy development and disorders. She provides professional development using a broad-based perspective blending areas of language and literacy together resulting in effective, appropriate, and engaging language-based literacy instruction and intervention for all children. Finally, Lucy is the co-author of the Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) for Early Childhood Educators, 2nd Edition, Building Early Literacy and Language Skills, a resource and activity guide for young children, and also for Good Talking Words, 2nd Edition, a social communication skills program for young children.
Webinar hosting presenter
University of Florida Literacy Institute
Dr. Matthew K. Burns is the Fein Professor of Special Education at the University of Florida and an Assistant Director of the University of Florida Literacy Institute. He was previously the College of Education Herbert H. Schooling Professor and a Professor of Special Education at the University of Missouri and the Director of the Center for Collaborative Solutions for Kids, Practice, and Policy. Dr. Burns has published over 200 articles and book chapters in national publications, and has co-authored or co-edited 15 books. He is a Past Editor of School Psychology Review and Assessment for Effective Intervention. Dr. Burns is one of the leading researchers regarding the use of assessment data to determine individual or small-group interventions, and has published extensively on response to intervention, academic interventions, and facilitating problem-solving teams. In addition, Dr. Burns was also a practicing school psychologist and special education administrator before becoming an academic, and served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota for 10 years and Central Michigan University for 5 years. He received the 2020 Senior Scientist Award from Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.
Webinar hosting presenter
Founder & CEO Just Right Reader
Just Right Reader was founded by Sara Rich, a principal, who is passionate about kids, books, teaching and, most of all, making reading fun and accessible for all.

Sara was a principal for more than 20 years, and she specializes in reading and literacy development. She traveled to more than 35 states training teachers and principals in reading and writing skill development. Because of her success in supporting schools to raise reading achievement levels, she was recognized as San Francisco Mayor's Principal of the Year.

And yet, a few years ago, her own daughter, Izzie, was struggling to read. This was a tough realization. So she jumped in and did what she knew and started working with Izzie to support her as a reader. Sara brought home decodable books from school and celelebrated Izzie's growth. When Izzie conquered a reading skill, Sara would determine her new reading needs and start again.

Sara and Izzie felt that the decodables that they read together could be more engaging and just plain old more fun. So Sara recruited a team of reading experts and phonics leaders and started the hard work of making decodables better for students, families, and teachers. Thus was born the idea for Just Right Reader.

Our mission is to make reading fun and for students to learn to read with engaging decodables that are representative of students in America's schools. When students want to read and feel successful, their achievement rises!
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