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California Reading Summit 

Wednesday, November 2


Full Speaker List & Biographies

9:00 -


Opening Session

Welcoming Remarks

LA Unified Superintendent Alberto Carvalho

Keynote Address

Kareem Weaver, FULCRUM-Oakland, NAACP


State Superintendent Tony Thurmond

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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 California districts that are leading the way for better reading results. Panelists: Romy Trigg-Smith, Director of Early Literacy, Oakland Unified Carlen Powell, Admin. of Elementary Instruction, Los Angeles Unified Don Austin, Superintendent, Palo Alto Unified Chris Ann Horsley, Senior Director of Elementary Curriculum (retired), Bonita Unified

10:15 -


PANEL #1B - Bringing Best Practices in Universal Screening to California: Lessons and Opportunities Join leading experts as they discuss the role of universal screening in a prevention-based literacy model. Hear about effective screening practices for meeting the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse students. Panelists: Tim Odegard, Middle Tennessee State University Jack Fletcher, Univ. of Houston Lillian Duran, Univ. of Oregon, UCSF Dyslexia Center

Room B


Panel Session #2

11:00 - 


PANEL #2A - English Learners - Finding Common Ground and Where We Need to Keep Working The last year has seen attempts involving advocates for English Learners and supporters of the “science of reading” to find common ground in order to move toward more productive literacy education policies for all students. This session will feature three participants in these efforts who will discuss their perspectives on where common ground exists, where there are areas of disagreement, and how we can build on the common ground while making progress on important remaining issues. Panelists: Claude Goldenberg, Stanford University Jim Cummins, University of Toronto Martha Hernandez, Executive Director, Californians Together

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 the US and Canada on how others have created state-level impact through comprehensive state initiatives. Panelists: Alicia Smith, President, International Dyslexia Association, Ontario Kymyona Burk, Senior Policy Fellow, ExcelinEd Anji Gallanos, Director, Colorado Dept. of Education

Room B


11:40 - 


Break - take time to visit the Instructional Material Exhibitor area!

Awards & General Session Panel

12:00 - 


The Second 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: Gary Payton II, NBA Champion and dyslexia advocate Leslie Zoroya, Los Angeles County Office of Education

12:15 - 


General Session Panel: Reading Curriculum - Finding Programs that Make a Difference The California Reading Curriculum Report found that very few CA districts use core programs aligned with the "science of reading" and especially the building of background knowledge. Hear about why this is so critical for reading success, and what reading programs can support a better approach to reading instruction. Panelists: Meredith & David Liben, Reading Done Right and authors of "Know Better, Do Better" Natalie Wexler, best-selling author of "The Knowledge Gap"

Concluding Remarks

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