Winter Symposium


Science of Reading: A Defining Moment

The Reading League’s Winter Symposium sponsored by Voyager Sopris

The term “science of reading” (SoR) has become something of a buzzword in education. What does the term mean? What kind of research is included and why? What kind of evidence does the science of reading have that is compelling, promising, or even lacking? What are common misconceptions? How is it impacting policy and published materials? How are people interpreting it and why does it matter? These questions and many more will be addressed in a series of engaging symposium sessions to help all teachers and education leaders bring the findings from the SoR to the forefront so that all children can learn to read.

This event will launch The Reading League’s “Science of Reading: A Defining Moment” initiative. A team of stakeholders has formed a consortium to develop a shared definition of the SoR. During this event, we will provide the definition, its rationale, and provide calls to action for all stakeholders.


Kelly Butler, Kymyona Burk, Margie Gillis, Margaret Goldberg, Jan Hasbrouck, Jeannine Heron, DeJunne’ Jackson, Stephanie Le Lievre, Maria Murray, Emily Solari, Richard Sparks, Laura Stewart, Jan Wasowicz, Dale Webster, and Maryanne Wolf

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST (virtual event)


9:00 AM – 9:15 AM: Welcome from Dr. Heidi Beverine-Curry

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM: The Science of Reading, a Defining Moment from Maria Murray, Kelly Butler, Emily Solari, Kymyona Burk, Dale Webster, and Margie Gillis

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Viewing the Science of Reading Through an Equitable Lens from DeJunne’ Jackson

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM: Truth and Evidence in Reading Instruction from Richard Sparks

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM: Leading Change: Aligning School Practice to the Science of Reading from Stephanie Le Lievre

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Moving Beyond the Reading Wars: In Search of a Peaceful and Productive Plan from Jan Hasbrouck, Jan Wasowicz, Jeannine Herron, Laura Stewart, Margaret Goldberg, Margie Gillis, and Maryanne Wolf

3:45 PM – 4:45 PMEvidently, Evidence Isn’t Enough from Margaret Goldberg

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM: TRL Closing and upcoming attractions

Winter Symposium 2021 Abstract and Bio Listing


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More Information

• All sessions are live

• All sessions are in EST (New York)

• Each session is 1 hour in length

• You will be sent a Zoom link via Eventbrite on the morning of February 3, 2021 to access the sessions

• All purchases include access to all sessions live AND access to video recordings released once the event has concluded. Access to recordings will be provided via The Reading League’s video streaming site in perpetuity

• This symposium will provide 6 credit hours. You will receive a certificate of attendance after the event has ended. A follow-up email will be sent with directions and a coupon code to login onto The Reading League’s video streaming site to access all session videos and resources within 48 hours.

• The Reading League has a No Refund Policy for this Symposium. All sales are final

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