Literacy and the Science of Reading

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Literacy and the Science of Reading

October 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Ever wondered how kids learn to read, write and spell?

Want to better support your child during distance learning?

If you are the parent or teacher of an elementary or middle school student who struggles to read or write, whether they are dyslexic or not, please join us for a session with two Stanford professors about what research has taught us on how literacy learning occurs and brain plasticity. Organized by the Palo Alto CAC and PTA Council.

Passcode: 330632

 

Part 1:  How does the reading brain work from a neuroscience perspective?

Jason D. Yeatman – Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Stanford University

* How does the brain learn to read?
* What is different about the dyslexic brain?
* Can we change the brain through education?

Part 2: How to apply what neuroscience has discovered to develop strong readers & writers? 

Rebecca Silverman – Associate Professor of Early Literacy in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University

* The science of reading: How kids learn to read and write?

– What are the foundational skills to develop successful readers & writers
– What specific strategies to use in the classroom

* The response to intervention & assessments from elementary to middle school

– From your typical reader to the struggling reader to the dyslexic child, children vary widely in literacy development
– How to use assessments that capture these strengths and needs to drive instruction
– Tips for differentiated intervention

* Home to School connection

– Questions parents should ask to understand the reading profile of their child
– Strategies parents could use at home to support their strengths and weaknesses
– Questions to ask the reading specialist

 
Dr. Jason Yeatman is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Stanford University. Dr. Yeatman completed his PhD in Psychology at Stanford where he studied the neurobiology of literacy and developed new brain imaging methods for studying the relationship between brain plasticity and learning. After finishing his PhD, he took a faculty position at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences before returning to Stanford.
As the director of the Brain Development and Education Lab, the overarching goal of his research is to understand the mechanisms that underlie the process of learning to read, how these mechanisms differ in children with dyslexia, and to design literacy intervention programs that are effective across the wide spectrum of learning differences. His lab employs a variety of structural and functional neuroimaging techniques to study how a child’s experience with reading instruction shapes the development of brain circuits that are specialized for this unique cognitive function.
Dr. Rebecca D. Silverman is an Associate Professor of Early Literacy in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University.  A former teacher, her research is focused on the language and literacy development and instruction of early childhood and elementary age children from diverse backgrounds.  Much of her research has focused on supporting language comprehension as a way to facilitate reading comprehension and writing proficiency.  She has a particular interest in the use of digital media to support language and literacy.  She has led or co-led several federally funded projects and written numerous articles in leading research and practice journals in the field.

Details

Date:
October 28
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm