THE READING LEAGUE
SUMMIT 2024

Finding the Alignment: From Research to Practice

April 27, 2024 | San Diego, CA

We are all better when we work together.

Join us in San Diego, California, on April 27, 2024, for The Reading League Summit 2024, Finding the Alignment: From Research to Practice. Summit 2024 continues the dialogue and builds on the success of last year’s historic 2023 Summit, where voices from the field of reading science united with those from the English learner/emergent bilingual community.
Registration fee: $399

Stanislas Dehaene

Virtual Keynote
Stanislas Dehaene

Psychologist and Cognitive Neuroscientist

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Neuroscience and Research: The Knowledge Base

Moderator:
Claude Goldenberg, Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education, emeritus, in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University
Panelists:
Ioulia Kovelman
, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan
Young-Suk Kim, Professor and Senior Associate Dean at the School of Education, University of California, Irvine
Magaly Lavadenz, Leavey Presidential Endowed Chair in Moral and Ethical Leadership & Executive Director, Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL)
Fumiko Hoeft, Campus Dean and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), UConn Waterbury; Professor of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut; Director of Learning Engineering and Neural Systems Laboratory, UConn/UCSF

Panel One:  Features renowned neuroscientists and researchers who will inform us about important research findings specific to English learners/emergent bilinguals. They will discuss research that clarifies fragile and resilient properties of language and provide understandings of what research has shown and what research must still be done to best understand how literacy develops as children acquire two or more languages.

Assessment: Equitable Assessment Data to Understand EL/EB Student Needs

Moderator:
Lillian Durán, Professor, Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences, University of Oregon
Panelists:
Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez,
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Education, Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University
Deni Basaraba,
Instructor, College of Education, Education Policy and Leadership, University of Oregon
Linda Siegel,
Professor Emeritus, The University of British Columbia
Margo Gottlieb, Co-Founder and Lead Developer, WIDA at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research

Panel Two: Builds on the Panel 1 discussions and broaden the topic to include research on EL/EB assessment. The conversation will include a discussion on the current work being done to establish valid and reliable assessments for English learners and emergent bilingual students.

Connecting Research to Classroom Practice: Using the Knowledge Base and Assessments to Inform Classroom Practice

Moderator:
Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan, President of Valley Speech Language and Learning Center
Panelists:
Magdalena Zavalia,
Co-Founder, Intelexia
Laurie Olsen, National Committee for Effective Literacy
Jeremy Miciak, Center for the Success of English Learners
Francesca Smith, Dual Language and Literacy Instructional Coach

Panel Three:  Features a data workshop to demonstrate how evidence-aligned assessment is used to individualize instruction. Participants will then enjoy a panel discussion about implementing the research in actual classroom settings, establishing a clear link between research and practice in both monolingual and dual language settings.

Leadership and Systems: Putting it All Together to Develop Sustainable Evidence-Aligned Systems

Moderator:
Tracy Weeden, CEO and president of Neuhaus Education Center
Panelists:
Megan Hopkins,
Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego
Alba Ortiz,
Professor Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin
Melody Ilk, Consultant, Literacy Transformations
Ellen Stubbe-Kester, CCC-SLP, President and Co-founder, Bilinguistics

Panel Four: Covers the components of a system necessary to build capacity and sustainability for this work. Panelists will discuss the role of leaders, aligning tiers of instruction, curriculum, and sustainability in implementing evidence-aligned instruction for EL/EB students.

Hotel Accommodations

Discounted rooms are available at Town and Country Resort in San Diego, California.

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

Friday, April 26

Early Check-In & Networking
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 27

Registration Check-In, Expo, and Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Address: Maria Murray, Kari Kurto, and Martha Hernandez
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Virtual Keynote Presentation: Dr. Stanislas Dehaene
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Panel # 1: Neuroscience & Research: The Knowledge Base
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Panel # 1 Table Discussions
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lunch and Expo
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Panel # 2: Assessment: Reliable Assessment Data to Understand EL/EB Student Needs
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Panel #2 Table Discussions
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Panel # 3: Connecting the Research to Classroom Practice: Using the Knowledge Base and Assessments to Inform Classroom Practice
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Panel # 3 Table Discussions
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Snack Break
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Panel # 4: Leadership and Systems: Putting it all Together to Develop Sustainable Evidence-Aligned Systems
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Closing
5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Join us for TRL Summit 2024 in San Diego, California, on April 27.

MEET THE OPENING SPEAKERS

Dr. Maria Murray

Maria Murray

Founder and CEO of The Reading League

Kari Kurto

Kari Kurto

National Science of Reading Project Director, The Reading League

Martha Hernandez

Martha Hernandez

Executive Director, Californians Together

Martha Hernandez

Stanislas Dehaene
(Virtual Speaker)

Psychologist and Cognitive Neuroscientist

MEET THE MODERATORS

Claude Goldenberg

Claude Goldenberg

Panel One:
Neuroscience and Research: The Knowledge Base

Lillian Durán

Lillian Durán

Panel Two:
Assessment: Reliable Assessment Data to Understand EL/EB Student Needs

Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan

Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan

Panel Three:
Connecting Research to Classroom Practice: Using the Knowledge Base and Assessments to Inform Classroom Practice

Tracy Weeden

Tracy Weeden

Panel Four:
Leadership and Systems: Putting it All Together to Develop Sustainable Evidence-Aligned Systems

Download the Summit 2024 agenda and explore a full day of interactive experiences.

WHY ATTEND

A Unique Experience

Join The Reading League for a unique experience as we step into an important space to listen and learn. In national conversations about literacy, it is rare that groups with differing vantage points focus on common goals of listening and alignment. At the Summit, experts from the English Learner / Emergent Bilingual (EL/EB) field and the science of reading community will come together to elevate our understanding of evidence-aligned literacy instruction for EL/EB students.

Grow Your Network

Expand your league by engaging with others who have different viewpoints to broaden your usual ways of thinking and come away with a richer perspective from a larger community. Listen, learn, and connect with new colleagues outside of your current network of professionals.

Fresh Perspectives

Hear fresh perspectives from experts not often highlighted in conversations about the science of reading. National leaders in neuroscience, policy, foundational reading skills, and language development and comprehension will engage in four panel discussions. Bring new knowledge back to your hive and spread the word!

Build Knowledge

The Summit provides opportunities for collective knowledge building between panelists and attendees as we deepen our understanding of evidence-aligned instruction for EL/EBs. This is designed to be a collaborative event that will provide the opportunity to add to participants’ existing knowledge base, clarify misunderstandings, and find common ground. 

SPONSORS

Amplify
Aprendo Leyendo
Benchmark Education
Great Minds
Greenfield Learning
Curriculum Associates
EPS Learning
Lexia
McGraw Hill
95 Percent Group
PAF Reading Program
Reading Horizons
Renaissance
Savvas
Wilson Language Training
Zaner-Bloser

SUMMIT 2023 GRAPHIC RECORDINGS

Opening Words

Panel One

Panel Two

Panel Three

Panel Four