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    Katie Pace Miles, Ph.D. - Moderator

    The Intersection of Reading and Writing

    Katharine Pace Miles, Ph.D. is an associate professor at Brooklyn
    College, City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Miles’s research
    interests include orthographic mapping, high frequency word learning,
    reading interventions, and literacy instruction that is both
    developmentally appropriate and grounded in the science of reading.
    Dr. Miles is the academic advisor for Reading Go!, an evidence-
    based intervention for first and second grade students. She is the
    author of Reading Ready, an explicit and systematic word reading
    curriculum for kindergarten and first grade students. Dr. Miles is also
    the co-founder and principal investigator of CUNY Reading Corps,
    which improves preservice teacher training and provides free high-
    dosage tutoring to over 2,000 historically underserved NYC students
    per year. Dr. Miles’s latest projects involve opening new advanced
    graduate coursework in reading science and finding more ways to
    bring free tutoring to emergent readers in need of support.

    Sonia Cabell, Ph.D.

    Writing into Literacy: Leveraging Writing in the Early Years to Promote Reading

    Engaging young children in writing activities during the early years can help to lay the
    foundation for later reading ability, both in terms of word recognition and language
    comprehension. This presentation will describe the reading-writing connection and how
    teachers can scaffold students’ writing attempts within preschool and kindergarten
    classroom interactions.

    Dr. Sonia Cabell is an Associate Professor in the School of Teacher Education and the Florida
    Center for Reading Research at Florida State University. Dr. Cabell’s research focuses on the
    prevention of reading difficulties among young children who are at-risk, particularly those who
    are living in poverty. As a group, these children are more often exposed to lower quality
    language and literacy interactions both at school and home than their more economically
    advantaged peers. The early years (birth – age 8) are especially critical because high-quality
    interactions and environments during these years lay the foundation for children’s future
    reading success. Innovative ways to accelerate language and literacy learning are crucial to
    narrow the achievement gap for children living in poverty. Consequently, Dr. Cabell’s work
    spanning pre-kindergarten through second grade consists of how to strengthen children’s
    language and literacy skills that serve as precursors to both successful reading comprehension
    and word recognition.

    Claude Goldenberg, Ph.D.

    Considerations for English Learners and Emergent Bilingual Students

    Building on the preceding presentations, Claude Goldenberg will discuss what additional instructional and curriculum features are necessary to support English Learners when their literacy acquisition and development are in English.

    Dr. Claude Goldenberg is the Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education, Emeritus in the
    Graduate School of Education at Stanford UniversityDr. Goldenberg’s areas of research and
    professional interest center on promoting academic achievement among language-minority
    children and youth. Prior to his arrival at Stanford, Goldenberg, a native of Argentina, was
    Professor of Teacher Education, Associate Dean of the College of Education, and Executive
    Director of the Center for Language Minority Education and Research (CLMER) at California
    State University–Long Beach. Goldenberg received his A.B. in History from Princeton University
    and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Education, UCLA. He has taught junior high
    school in San Antonio, Texas, and First Grade in a bilingual elementary school in the Los Angeles
    area. Goldenberg’s most recent books are Promoting Academic Achievement among English
    Learners: A Guide to the Research, co-authored with Rhoda Coleman (Corwin, 2010) and
    Language and Literacy Development in Bilingual Settings, co-editing with Aydin Durgunoglu (Guilford, 2010). His publications have also appeared in academic and professional journals, and
    he has been on the editorial boards of various academic journals. His current projects focus on
    improving literacy and academic achievement among English learners in K–12 and promoting
    early literacy development in Rwanda. Goldenberg was on the National Research Council’s
    Committee on the Prevention of Early Reading Difficulties in Young Children and on the
    National Literacy Panel, which synthesized research on literacy development among language-
    minority children and youth.

    Nancy Hennessy, M.Ed.

    The Comprehension-Composition Connection

    The evidence is in! The relationship between comprehension and composition is
    reciprocal. Understanding this connection is critical to implementing an informed
    instructional framework and activities that support student learning.

    Nancy Hennessy is the author of The Reading Comprehension Blueprint: Helping Students Make
    Meaning of Text and a past President of the International Dyslexia Association. She is an
    experienced teacher and administrator who currently works as a literacy consultant. While in
    public schools, she provided leadership for innovative programming for special needs students
    and professional development for educators. Nancy has designed and delivered keynote
    addresses and multiple virtual and live professional learning events including workshops,
    podcasts, and training courses on the science of reading & structured literacy. Most recently,
    reading comprehension has been her focus and her new activity guide to accompany The
    Reading Comprehension Blueprint has just been published. Nancy has also written the chapter,
    Working with Word Meaning: Vocabulary Instruction, in Multisensory Teaching of Basic Skills (4
    th edition). While serving as a national trainer for Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading
    and Spelling, she co- authored LETRS, Digging for Meaning: Teaching Text Comprehension (2 nd
    edition) with Dr. Louisa Moats. She is the past president of the International Dyslexia
    Association (IDA) and currently serves as the vice-president of the North Carolina Branch of IDA.
    In 2011, Nancy received the International Dyslexia Association’s Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime
    Achievement Award. She was recently honored with the North Carolina Department of Public
    Instruction’s 2023 Impact Award.

    Devin Kearns, Ph.D.

    From Letters to Sounds and Back Again: Reading and Writing Long Words

    Student reading achievement improves when they learn strategies and patterns to help
    them read long words. In this session, I describe data-based strategies for reading and
    writing polysyllabic words.

    Dr. Devin Kearns is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the
    University of Connecticut (UConn). He researches reading disabilities—including dyslexia—in
    school-age children. His research focuses on developing reading instructional programs to
    support students with reading difficulty—with a focus on linking educational practice to
    cognitive science and neuroscience. Devin is a research scientist for the Center for Behavioral
    Education & Research at UConn and for Haskins Laboratories at Yale University. He collaborates
    with researchers in special education, neuroscience, and cognitive science. Devin and his
    colleagues examine the neurobiological change that occurs as students learn to read. They are
    also developing new reading interventions designed to help students read words better by
    teaching about their meanings. They examine how the interventions affects students’ academic
    outcomes and patterns of cognitive processing. Devin has seven years of classroom experience
    as a teacher, literacy coach, and reading specialist. He continues to help schools and districts
    implement high-quality reading instruction—including demonstrating how to implement
    evidence-based reading instruction.

    Ken Pugh, Hollis Scarborough Award Recipient

    25 Years In Search of the Literate Brain

    Dr. Kenneth Pugh is a researcher at the Yale Child Study Center which recently merged with
    Haskins Laboratories where he was Director of Research. He holds academic appointments as a
    Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Connecticut, and as an Associate
    Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Yale University, and as an Associate Professor,
    Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Yale University School of Medicine. He served as a
    member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the International Dyslexia Association for 15 years,
    and currently sits on the Scientific Advisory Panel for Dyslexia International in Paris, is a
    corresponding member of the Rodin Remediation Academy in Stockholm, a member of the
    Board of Visitors for the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of
    Pittsburgh, and the Scientific Advisory Council for the Child Mind Institute in New York among
    others. Dr. Pugh served as a Member of the Language and Communications Study Section at
    the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and also served as a member of the “Committee on the
    Learning Sciences: Foundations and Applications to Adolescent and Adult Literacy” at the
    National Research Council of the National Academies. In 2017, Dr. Pugh received a National
    Institutes of Health (NIH) MERIT Award from the National Child Health and Human
    Development Council Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to science with
    sustained NIH funding. In May 2019 Dr. Pugh received an Honorary Doctorate degree in
    Psychology from the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland. His research program falls primarily in
    two broad domains:  cognitive neuroscience and psycholinguistics. A fundamental interest
    continues to be research into the neurobiology of typical and atypical language and reading
    development in children.

    About AIM

    About AIM

    AIM was started in 2006 as a non-profit education organization with a dual mission to transform and empower lives through literacy. The core values of AIM apply to both our work at AIM Academy, a lab school that began with 24 students and now serves 410 Philadelphia-area students with learning differences in grades 1-12, and to the AIM Institute for Learning & Research, started in tandem with our school to bring the science of reading to educators beyond our walls with teacher and leadership training and research partnerships. AIM is a partner in the Global Literacy Hub through the Yale Child Study Center and collaborates with reading researchers to create training content for courses in AIM Pathways, an online literacy professional learning platform for teachers and education leaders. AIM partners with schools, school districts and state Departments of Education in more than 36 states to provide training to educators and education leaders in evidence-based knowledge and practice with support to implement training in the classroom to achieve the best outcomes for students.

    Start A Conversation for Your School Or Team

    Interested in talking with a literacy consultant about implementing AIM Pathways literacy training for your school, district or state? AIM has extensive experience in scaling and sustaining large state-wide rollouts and supporting schools and districts in implementing state-required literacy training including in Mississippi, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Arizona and Ohio.

    Explore Individual Training in the Science of Reading

    Learn more about our AIM Pathways comprehensive courses and our shorter, fully
    asynchronous Steps to Literacy modules which include learning opportunities
    appropriate for paraprofessionals to principals and PreK to high school teachers. AIM
    courses are developed by educators in collaboration with top researchers and feature,
    tools, resources, and sessions with expert AIM facilitators to support implementation
    into classroom practice. New courses include Pathways to Proficient Reading:
    for middle and high school teachers, Specialized Reading Knowledge:
    English Learners
    developed with researcher Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan, and Growing
    Proficient Readers: Dr. Ehri’s Phases of Development
    created in collaboration with
    researcher Dr. Linnea Ehri.