©2019 by MIT Research: Science of Reading.

 

SCIENCE OF READING

More than six out of every ten fourth graders in the United States are not proficient readers, and changes in reading scores for fourth and eighth graders have increased by only 5 and 7 points since 1992  (source: National Assessment of Education Progress). MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili) and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT are co-hosting a symposium on literacy and research science to start a meaningful conversation about the achievement gap in reading, and what we can learn from emerging research on how children learn to read.  By convening experts in education and neuroscience, we hope to determine new paths toward ensuring students are not only learning to read, but taught to read through more effective, rigorously researched methods. 

The symposium, to be led by MIT’s John Gabrieli and Sanjay Sarma, will be held in Cambridge, MA on June 4, 2019. Gabrieli, McGovern Institute Investigator and Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and colleagues have previously found structural differences that track with a specific predictor of dyslexia in young children. Their findings suggest that it may be possible to target at-risk children for early intervention rather than waiting until they are already struggling to read. To extend the practical applications of this research, Gabrieli and a team of researchers from MIT have formed a collaboration with Harvard to study early childhood literacy through the Reach Every Reader program.

By collaborating with and convening the top minds around neuroscience and the science of learning, MIT hopes to become an epicenter for education research which will lead to better educational outcomes. This will help bridge the gap between what science tells us about how students learn to read and the reality of literacy outcomes in the US.

 

SCHEDULE

 

REGISTRATION AND LUNCH

11:30 a.m.

Doors will open at 11:30. We hope to have everyone seated by noon.

OPENING REMARKS

12:10 p.m.

Eric Grimson

SETTING EXPECTATIONS

12:20 p.m.

John Gabrieli

A LITERACY STORY

12:30 p.m.

Shawn Robinson (aka. Doctor Dyslexia Dude), Writing Your Own Narrative through Graphic Novels

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

12:50

Mark Seidenberg, The science and politics of learning to read

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

1:25 p.m.

Natalie Wexler, Why It's So Hard to Translate Cognitive Science Into Classroom Practice: A Few Theories and Suggestions

NETWORKING BREAK

2:00 p.m.

Table talk and refresh.

ON THE FRONT LINE PANEL

2:10 p.m.

Liz City (Moderator), Shawn Robinson, Colleen Labbe, Oneida Fox Roye, Mika Bardin

LIGHTNING LITERACY RESEARCH

3:10 p.m.

Joanna Christodoulou (Reversing the summer slump: Opportunities for struggling readers) and Rachel Romeo (Socioeconomic Influences on Reading and Reading Disability)

NETWORKING BREAK

3:20 p.m.

Light snacks and discussion with speakers.

LIGHTNING LITERACY RESEARCH

3:35 p.m.

Ola Ozernov-Palchik (Early Identification of Dyslexia Risk: Can Neuroscience Help?) and Seema and Suraj Korumilli (History of the Literacy Movement 4 More)

BRIDGING THE CLASSROOM GAP PANEL

3:45 p.m.

John Gabrieli (Moderator), Jimmy Kim, Louisa Moats, Tiffany Hogan, Nadine Gaab

CLOSING REMARKS

4:45 p.m.

John Gabrieli

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

5:00 p.m.

Join us for an hour of networking and literacy discussion.

SPEAKERS

 

ERIC GRIMSON

Chancellor for Academic Advancement

ABOUT US

MITili: We fund, connect, and share research investigating human learning effectiveness. The research ranges, for example, from scans of individual learners in Brain and Cognitive Sciences to applying data analytics to understand the implications of policy decisions in Economics to almost every department at the Institute. 


McGovern Institute: The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT is led by a team of world-renowned neuroscientists committed to meeting two great challenges of modern science: understanding how the brain works and discovering new ways to prevent or treat brain disorders.

 

SIGHTSEEING

Boston is home to great sightseeing opportunities including a walk along the Freedom Trail, a ride on the swan boats, or a tour of MIT campus!

ACCOMMODATIONS

We recommend the Marriott Cambridge (50 Broadway-5 minute walk), Residence Inn by Marriott Cambridge (120 Broadway-7 minute walk), or Royal Sonesta (40 Edwin H Land Blvd-15 minute walk).

 

GET IN TOUCH

We hope you're able to attend. If you have questions about the registration process, our schedule or general information, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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