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California Reading Summit 

Thursday, November 2


Full Speaker List & Biographies

9:00 -


Opening Session

Welcoming Remarks

Recent high school graduate Margaret Malaika Weaver


Keynote Address

Penny Schwinn, former Tennessee Commissioner of Education 

Continuing the Story

Emily Hanford, award-winning journalist and creator of the "Sold a Story" podcast, in conversation with Kareem Weaver

Zoom Links

Panel Session #1

10:15 -


PANEL #1A - Districts on the Move Some districts are making the push to change their reading results, with high profile initiatives including new curriculum, professional development, and instructional coaches, and more. Hear from districts that are leading the way for better reading results. Panelists: Robert Sheffield, CORE (Moderator) Enikia Ford Morthel, Supt., Berkeley Unified Grant Rivera, Supt., Marietta City (GA) Krista Thomsen, C&I Director, Lancaster Unified Danae Reynolds, Literacy Director, Palo Alto Unfiied

10:15 -


PANEL #1B - California’s Call to Strengthen Teacher Prep in the Science of Reading As a result of laws passed in 2021, changes are coming to California teacher prep. Join for a discussion of what it takes to equip teachers to succeed in helping all children achieve literacy and where we should focus our efforts to improve teacher preparation in California. Panelists: Megan Potente, Decoding Dyslexia-CA (Moderator) Stephanie Stollar, Mount St. Joseph University Nancy Walker, University of La Verne Laura Rhinehart, UCLA

Room B


Panel Session #2

11:00 - 


PANEL #2A - Joint Statement from Advocates for Science of Reading and Multilingual Learners: A Path Forward? An exciting development was the recent release of the Joint Statement, staking out common ground between EL/EB and Science of Reading advocates. Hear from the people who led the effort. (Links to the full text of the Joint Statement and an earlier California “Common Ground” statement can be found in the EdSource articles linked here.) Panelists: Claude Goldenberg, Stanford University (Moderator) Kari Kurto, The Reading League Martha Hernandez, Californians Together

Read EdSource on the Joint Statement

and Common Ground Report

11:00 - 


PANEL #2B - State Policy: State-Level Solutions for State-Level Challenges California lacks a cohesive reading policy. Hear from policy makers and advocates from across the US, and well as CA’s newly about State Literacy Co-Director, on what it takes to create state-level change. Panelists: Kelly Stuart, Collaborative Classroom (Moderator) Heather Edelson, Minnesota House of Representatives Michael Moriarity, Massachusetts State Board of Education Nancy Brynelson, California Department of Education Kymyona Burk, Senior Policy Fellow, ExcelinEd

Room B


11:00 - 


PANEL #2C - Elevating Parents as Powerful Advocates for Early Literacy: A conversation with three statewide leaders in family engagement Join three leading parent advocates for a spirited conversation on the role of parents in promoting stronger early literacy. Panelists: Yolie Flores, Parents in Schools Jessica Sliwerski, Ignite Reading Gloria Corral, Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)

Room C


11:45 - 



Awards & Concluding Keynote

12:00 - 


The Third Annual California Reading Hero Awards Each year we honor a leading reading advocate and educator for their service to California's six million students. Honorees: Senator Anthony Portantino, California State Senate Becky Sullivan, Sacramento County Office of Education

12:15 - 


Keynote Address: Linda Darling-Hammond, President, State Board of Education, Professor Emeritus Stanford University, and founding President, Learning Policy Institute

Concluding Remarks

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