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What Research Really Says About Teaching Reading—and Why That Still Matters

Saturday, October 12, 7:00 AM–8:30 AM

Join us for a timely—not to mention critical—conversation about what we mean when we talk about evidence-based instruction. The event features a keynote from P. David Pearson, who will also facilitate an interactive Q&A with several literacy scholars, including Nell K. Duke, recipient of the 2018 William S. Gray Citation of Merit.

P. David Pearson (@PDavidPearson) is an emeritus faculty member in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as dean from 2001 to 2010.  In 1990, he received the William S. Gray Citation of Merit, awarded to ILA members who have made outstanding contributions to literacy research, theory, practice, and policy. Twenty-two years later, the Literacy Research Association created the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award, a nod to how much of an impact his work has had on literacy practice. He served as the inaugural chair of ILA's Literacy Research Panel and is currently immersed in several projects on literacy history and policy.

P. David Pearson

Nell K. Duke (@nellkduke) is an award-winning and widely published professor of literacy, language, and culture at the University of Michigan. She is the recipient of the 2018 William S. Gray Citation of Merit, and Education Week named her one of the most influential education scholars in the United States. Her work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in poverty, and her areas of expertise include comprehension development and instruction in early schooling.

Nell K. Duke

Sonia Cabell (@SoniaCabell) is an assistant professor in the College of Education at Florida State University. In her work, she explores how to strengthen children's language and literacy skills that serve as precursors to both successful reading comprehension and word recognition. Currently, she is the principal investigator of a multimillion-dollar grant funded by the United States Department of Education and she serves as associate editor for Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Sonia Cabell

Gwendolyn Thompson McMillon (@GwenMcMillon) is a professor of literacy in the Department of Reading and Language Arts at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Her research examines the literacy experiences of African American children in their classrooms at school and in out-of-school learning environments (especially the African American Church) to improve their academic achievement and ability to negotiate cultural border crossing. She served as chair of the Urban Diversity Initiatives Commission and is currently vice president of the Literacy Research Association.

Gwendolyn Thompson McMillon

Please note: Presenters and times are subject to change.