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Discover the program that teaches early care and education providers as well as parents how to foster early literacy skills in children ages five and under.


Forging Connections for Fluency Instruction: How Research Informs Practice

DateFriday, January 19th, 2018
Time 9:00am to 12:00pm
Course Number1134
LocationFaith United Methodist Church Meeting Hall
899 Dorset Street
South Burlington
United States
Course DescriptionResearch continues to advance our understanding of the brain networks and processes involved in reading. However, understanding the relationships among brain networks, cognitive processes, and reading development can be a challenge. This workshop will focus on a crucial challenge in elementary literacy education: how to help atypical readers achieve reading fluency in order to support comprehension. Participants will take away five teaching techniques for building fluency in several dimensions of literacy education. Dr. Ashby will summarize what eye movement research tells us about the cognitive processes involved in fluent reading, and connect the development of the brain’s reading networks with gains in reading fluency. Teachers will learn how to apply these ideas to gauge the effectiveness of several widely used techniques for building reading fluency. This symposium is partially underwritten by the Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute for Excellence.

Jane Ashby, Ph.D.

Jane Ashby holds advanced degrees in Education (Harvard) and Psychology (University of Massachusetts). She is the co-author of Psychology of Reading (2016) as well as several research articles and book chapters. In addition to teaching at the Stern Center for Language and Learning, she works as an Associate Professor of Psychology at Central Michigan University. Her research measures eye movements and brain activity in order to study cognitive processes during silent reading. Dr. Ashby began her career by teaching children and adults with reading difficulties in the Boston area. She later established a reading clinic in Ohio that provided staff development, after school tutoring, and summer programs to help children with reading disabilities.

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