A Conversation About the Science of Reading: The Necessary Elements

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Reading instruction has been the subject of much debate. Yet, five decades of research show how to effectively assess and teach reading. As educators take action to align instruction with scientific research, many have questions about what’s needed for system-wide change to take root.

Watch this on-demand webinar to hear three leading voices in the Science of Reading movement—Emily Hanford, Kareem Weaver, and Dr. Michelle Hosp—discuss the critical elements required to transform how reading is taught.

You’ll explore:
  • The consequences for students when instruction doesn’t align with the science
  • The importance of a comprehensive assessment system in providing equitable reading instruction
  • How evidence-based instructional materials and a strong curriculum can empower educators and improve literacy outcomes for all students
  • The need to continue to advocate for the Science of Reading in the face of opposition and a system that is slow to change


Emily HanfordEmily Hanford
Senior Producer and Correspondent, APM Reports
Emily Hanford is a senior producer and correspondent for American Public Media. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other publications. For the past several years, she has been reporting on early reading instruction. Her 2018 podcast episode “Hard Words: Why aren’t kids being taught to read?” won the inaugural public service award from the Education Writers Association.

Kareem Weaver

Kareem Weaver
Co-Founder and Executive Director, FULCRUM

Kareem Weaver is Executive Director of FULCRUM (Full and Complete Reading is a Universal Mandate), which partners with stakeholders to improve reading results for students. He is the Oakland NAACP's 2nd Vice President and Chair of its Education Committee. His advocacy is also featured in the new film The Right to Read.

Michelle Hosp

Dr. Michelle Hosp
Director of Foundational Literacy, Renaissance

Michelle Hosp has over 25 years of experience working directly with students, educators, families, and researchers as a school psychologist, professor, Director of the Iowa Reading Research Center, and Director of Foundational Literacy at Renaissance. She is the creator of the Star Phonics assessment and co-author of the book The ABCs of CBM: A Practical Guide to Curriculum-Based Measurement.