Cortex in the Classroom: Advancing the Science of Reading in the Early Years
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Cortex in the Classroom: Advancing the Science of Reading in the Early Years
Presented by: Dr. Carolyn Strom
Thursday, October 27, 2022 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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About the Session:

Target Audience: PreK - Gr 3 Teachers, Educational Assistants, Parents, Administrators and Guidance Councellors are encouraged to attend.

What do findings from cognitive neuroscience mean for early reading instruction? How does what we know about how the brain develops apply to how we teach our beginning readers? Most importantly, what are the concrete implications for classroom practice? These questions will be at the heart of this session, which will focus on the science behind early reading and spelling development - and how to apply findings to classrooms. This session will be interactive and participants will leave with actionable insights, frameworks, and methods to apply in their work with early readers and with teachers of reading.

About the Presenter(s):
Dr. Carolyn Strom

is a teacher educator and classroom researcher whose work focuses on improving early literacy outcomes and reading experiences for young children. Specifically, her work centers on bridging the divide between scientific research and instructional practice. She collaborates widely with school districts and curriculum developers; currently, she is working on an initiative in New York City preschool teachers called 'Cortex in the Classroom,' which centers on the practical application of reading science and learning technologies in early childhood. Carolyn has published her work in The Reading Teacher, The Reading League Journal, and The Handbook of Learning Disabilities. As a state-certified reading specialist and former public elementary school teacher, Dr. Strom has spent the last two decades working at the intersection of research and practice. She has a PhD in Early Literacy from New York University and a Masters degree in Reading Education from the University of Southern California. She received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. She maintains a clinical practice where she works with children who have dyslexia and related reading difficulties.

Catering is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment.
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This is a public event with the likeliness of photo/video throughout the day. By attending, participants understand they may be captured in photo or video for future presentations or promotional material development. Please see conference hosts if you prefer to not be photographed.

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Grade Level:

PreK - Gr 3

Registration Notes:

This session will be recorded, and available to all registrants for 30 days after the session occurs.

Carolyn Strom