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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 is the co-author of “Psychology of Reading” (2016) as well as several research articles and book chapters including “Why does prosody accompany fluency? Re-conceptualizing the role of phonology in reading.” Working as an Associate Professor of Psychology at Central Michigan University, Dr. Ashby teaches and directs a laboratory that studies how cognitive processes operate in real-time during silent reading. After earning a master’s degree in Education from Harvard School of Education in 1991 and an Orton-Gillingham certificate from Massachusetts General Hospital in 1994, 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, afterschool tutoring, and summer programs to help children with reading disabilities. Dr. Ashby lives in Mount Pleasant, Michigan and spends her summers on the southern shore of Lake Superior.

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