Jul 21, 2015 by Carrie Gajowski, MA

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Summertime is here! It’s time to kick back, relax, and enjoy some quiet time before the craziness of back-to-school is upon us. We hope you're taking some time to lounge by the pool! And while you're there, you can fit in some quick professional development time. Join the 10,000 other educators who signed up to learn the latest research on comprehension, fluency, ELLs and much more! Sit back, grab a lemonade and check out our “Best of 2015” recorded webinars. Enjoy!

The Role of Automaticity in Reading

Presenter: Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D.
Length: 40 minutes

Reading fluency is often defined in terms of reading speed. This has resulted in the unfortunate classroom practice of "timed reads" where students are encouraged to read as fast as they can within a given period of time. Rather than speed, the more appropriate goal for fluency instruction is automaticity in word recognition. In this webinar Dr. Tim Rasinski will explore the nature of automaticity and why it is so important for reading - not just fluency, but also comprehension. He will share engaging and authentic instructional approaches for developing this critical competency for reading.

Build the ELL Brain

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 45 minutes

Despite educators’ best efforts to teach students English as quickly as possible, many never develop academic English fluency. Join Dr. Martha Burns as she reviews the newest research on the ELL brain, the advantages of true bilingualism, and how effective technological adjuncts can build the English brain, quickly, moving ELL students to proficiency.

Autism: New Research & Interventions

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 45 minutes

New research on the underlying neurology of autism is exploding as is information on the most effective interventions available to drive positive neurological changes in children on the autism spectrum. Join Dr. Martha Burns as she discusses the new research and shares data on neuroscience-based interventions that have been shown to enhance language, attention, and social skills in children on the autism spectrum. 

Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader

Presenter: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D.
Length: 45 minutes

While home environment, access to books, and social and economic factors all play a part in literacy development, brain differences also play a crucial role. Join us to learn what's different about the brains of those students who struggle to read and what you can do about it in your classroom, school or district.


Categories: Education Trends


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