Reading Research Symposium To Focus On Effective Reading Practices

March 11, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - Reading Research will be the focus when educators from across the Mountain State meet at the Charleston Civic Center for the Fourth Annual West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Reading Research Symposium. The event will begin on Sunday, March 13 and will end on Tuesday, March 15.  

Throughout the symposium, educators will participate in concurrent sessions regarding issues relevant to No Child Left Behind, state law and WVDE policies. Some topics to be discussed include scientific research, comprehension, fluency, writing brain research, spelling, literacy coaching, early childhood reading and improving reading achievement across the grades.  

“West Virginia students have improved their reading skills over the past years and the Reading Research Symposium is a huge contributor to this improvement,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “Educators are taking this information back to their classrooms and putting it to use and their efforts are paying off with increased improvement in test scores.”  

The conference will include two keynote speakers, Dr. Timothy Shanahan, editor of the National Reading Panel Report, and Dr. G. Reid Lyon, director of the National Institute for Health and Child Development. Other featured speakers include Dr. David Dickinson, of Boston College, Dr. Linda Kucan, of Appalachian State University and Jane Hill, of the Mid-Continent Regional Education Laboratory.  

For more information about the Symposium, contact Beverly Kingery, WVDE Reading/Language Arts coordinator, at (304) 558-7805.

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