Virtual Lecture Series

Each webinar will feature two prominent reading scientists as they share their career highlights and contributions to the evidence base about reading processes and instruction – one is a “trailblazer” who made early science of reading discoveries and the other is one of their “proteges” who continues to contribute to the science of reading.

  • Real-time moderated audience participation in the chat (including participation from the scientists!)
  • Links or downloads to many of the articles, monographs, books, and materials mentioned by the scientists will be provided
  • All registrants will receive a link to the webinar recording
  • Live attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance

Meet the scientists and join us for a series of unique, engaging, and free interactive webinars.


  • Each Zoom webinar kicks off with a brief, live introduction.
  • Synchronously watch a pre-recorded conversation between a trailblazing scientist and one of their many former students or mentees– proteges.
  • Real-time moderated audience participation in the chat (including hearing from the scientists!), with links and downloads for the articles, monographs, books, and other materials mentioned throughout the conversations.
  • At the conclusion of each conversation, registrants will enjoy a 30-minute “After Party” practitioner discussion moderated by The Reading League’s professional development leadership team: Dr. Heidi Beverine-Curry, Katie Sojewicz, and Jessica Pasik. They’ll distill the scientists’ conversations into what they mean for day-to-day practice.

TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2023, 6 PM – 8 PM (ET)

Science of Reading Trailblazer and Protege Conversation

Featuring Dr. Sharon Vaughn and Dr. Jeanne Wanzek

This conversation between Dr. Sharon Vaughn and her former student, Dr. Jeanne Wanzek, who is now a Professor at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, tells the story of how their research ideas were influenced by their classroom teaching. They also discuss the growing need for intervention research that addresses the specific needs of students with the most intractable reading difficulties.

Together, their work spans more than 3 decades. Dr. Vaughn’s early research was on better understanding literacy practices in special education resource room settings and continued with examining the malleable factors associated with improved intervention effects for a range of learners, including students with reading disabilities and students who are emerging bilingual. From there, Dr. Wanzek examined preventative and remedial instruction for students with reading difficulties, including the factors for implementing the most intensive interventions for students with reading disabilities.

Dr. Sharon Vaughn

Dr. Sharon Vaughn

Executive Director of The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk

Dr. Jeanne Wanzekr

Dr. Jeanne Wanzek

Professor of Special Education, Vanderbilt University

The Reading League

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