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Online Zoom Summit


At Home & In Our Classrooms
Featuring: The Science of Reading

January 28, 2022

8:45AM – 3:30PM

Dyslexia affects 1 in 5 children and represents over 80 percent of all those with learning differences (Yale, 2021). It is the most common of all neuro-cognitive disorders. Until recent scientific studies emerged, we teachers were not sure about what we could do to help these often creative and bright children learn to read.

Dr. Sally Shaywitz will be accompanied by Dr. Tim Rasinski (Fluency), Dr. Anne Cunningham (Phonological Awareness) and Dr. Janet Mort (Joyful Literacy Interventions) as a panel who will dialogue with her about the practical classroom and home-based strategies that can be readily implemented every day to help these children reach and maintain grade level success in their primary years.

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Our Exceptional Speakers

Dr. Sally Shaywitz

She’s Passionate about Dyslexia! Dr. Sally Shaywitz is exhilarated by the new developments in brain imaging technology that hold such promise for teaching those with dyslexia; she is frustrated by the lack of dissemination of the new knowledge about this disorder that hold so many learners captive; and she is angry about those who deny the science that defines it. She will really be with us on January 28th to help us understand how we can make a big difference in these deserving children’s lives.

Dr. Tim Rasinski

Dr. Tim Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University. His scholarly interests include reading fluency and word study, readers who struggle,and parental involvement. His research on reading has been cited by the National Reading Panel and has been published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly,The Reading Teacher, Reading Psychology, The Handbook of Reading Research, and the Journal of Educational Research. Tim served on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association. He has also served as co-editor of The Reading Teacher and the Journal of Literacy Research. In 2010 Tim was elected to the International Reading Hall of Fame. Prior to coming to Kent State Tim taught literacy education at the University of Georgia. He taught for several years as a classroom and Title I reading interventionist in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dr. Anne Cunningham

Dr. Anne Cunningham (Researcher and Author) has a PhD in Developmental Psychology and is known for her research on literacy, child development and special education (conducted at the University of Berkeley, CA). She examines the cognitiveand motivational processes underlying reading ability and the interplay of context, development, and literacy instruction. Dr. Cunningham has been awarded several prestigious research fellowships. She currently serves as principal investigator of Teacher Quality: The Role of Teacher Study Groups as a Model of Professional Development in Early Literacy. She is a member of multiple journal editorial boards. She has served on several expert panels for literacy initiatives, which included the National Early Literacy Panel (NELP). Anne elegantly balances public school reading experience with rigorous scientific research work and university level teacher training.

Chelsea Mytko

Chelsea has been implementing the Joyful Literacy Framework for the past four years in her kindergarten classrooms. She has specialized in implementing basic Foundational Skills immersed in a thematic and playful approach. Her children enter grade one with over 85% reading at the grade one level – knowing their alphabet, up to 90 basic sight words, and reading PM Benchmark books with fluency. Chelsea is the team trainer and expert on the new Dyslexia Essentials App.

Dr. Janet Mort

Recipient of The Order of British Columbia 2020, internationally acclaimed innovative literacy curriculum designer, author of five books, organizer and speaker at over 35 educational summits, creator of the new Dyslexia Essentials App Janet Nadine Mort and her team are responsible for the reading success of countless vulnerable primary learners.

Summit Program

Friday, January 28, 2022
8:45AM – 3:30PM

* Pacific Standard Time (PST)

8:45 — 9:15

Dr. Janet Mort PhD


Three Special Guests Join Joyful Literacy:
Dr. Sally Shaywitz, Dr. Tim Rasinski and Dr. Anne Cunningham

9:15 — 10:00

Sally Shaywitz M.D.

Overcoming Dyslexia Part One

Dyslexia is the most common learning disorder in the world, affecting one in five individuals. Sally will introduce an updated edition of her classic work, Overcoming Dyslexia, the most comprehensive and state of the art, and practical book available on identifying, understanding, and overcoming reading problems. She will provide the tools that parents, teachers and dyslexic individuals of any age need.

10:00 – 10:30

Dr. Tim Rasinski

Fluency and Struggling Learners

In chapter nineteen of her book Sally identifies Fluency as one of the key tools used to support dyslexic readers. Timothy Rasinski is featured in Sally’s book as an expert in fluency development. Tim is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University and director of its award-winning reading clinic. He has written over 200 articles and has authored, co-authored or edited over 50 books on fluency’s role in reading education especially for struggling learners.

10:30 – 10:45

Nutrition Break

10:45 – 11:30

Sally Shaywitz M.D.

Overcoming Dyslexia Part Two (Continued)

Sally shares what she knows is most important about working with dyslexia and the new knowledge revealed by the science of reading. It is now possible with a high degree of accuracy to screen and diagnose dyslexia in the early years. She will also share how we can treat and remediate and treat their difficulties – leading directly to increased reading success. Recent brain research has provided us with answers which can be readily introduced in schools and at home.

11:30 – 12:00

Janet Mort PhD
Chelsea Mytko, K Teacher

The New Joyful Literacy Intervention App

Janet has been developing and implementing Joyful Literacy Interventions which has been highly successful at raising reading levels for struggling learners. She has just completed her new Joyful Literacy App -  Dyslexia Essentials: So They All Can Shine -  which provides teachers with an assessment, teaching and tracking tool in four of the most important skills that accelerate reading success for children with dyslexia and other reading disorders. She and primary teacher Chelsea Mytko will give you a peek into its power.

12:00 – 12:45

Lunch Break

12:45 – 2:00

Anne Cunningham PhD, Author: Book Smart

Dyslexia: Phonemic Awareness and Phonics (K to 12)

PA and Phonics are the central roadblocks as you know, and entry points to helping dyslexics learn how to read and the phonologic core deficit or weakness in this domain constitutes 90% of all dyslexics… so identifying children with a constitutional weakness, providing sound explicit and systematic instruction in pa/phonics and observing and modeling their growth trajectory, it’s the individual differences in their slope of growth WITH good instruction that also informs us how dyslexic they are (even without all the diagnostic tests and brain scans).The three most impactful and necessary skills for early learners are alphabet knowledge, phonics, and phonemic awareness. Anne is an expert in this field and will provide an overview of these skills – how to assess them, how to teach them, and how to practice them so that children reach mastery.

2:00 – 3:15

Tim Rasinski (Second Session)

Fluency Development (K to 12)

Tim has already introduced the research and significance of fluency instruction in his morning presentation. Sally and other dyslexia researchers concur that fluency is part of an essential program for dyslexic children – especially when encouraged by strategies such as echo and paired reading supports. Participants are in for a treat now! Tim will help us weave fluency instruction throughout our daily programs – perfect for all children and especially for those who are challenged using songs, poetry and daily fluency instruction from K through to 12.

3:15 – 3:30

Wrap-up Panel

Anne, Tim and Janet will respond to any Chat questions, reflect on the day and ask for each other’s views on unfinished topics.