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.
REGISTRATION AND LUNCH
Doors will open at 11:30. We hope to have everyone seated by noon.
A LITERACY STORY
Shawn Robinson (aka. Doctor Dyslexia Dude), Writing Your Own Narrative through Graphic Novels
Mark Seidenberg, The science and politics of learning to read
Natalie Wexler, Why It's So Hard to Translate Cognitive Science Into Classroom Practice: A Few Theories and Suggestions
Table talk and refresh.
ON THE FRONT LINE PANEL
Liz City (Moderator), Shawn Robinson, Colleen Labbe, Oneida Fox Roye, Mika Bardin
LIGHTNING LITERACY RESEARCH
Joanna Christodoulou (Reversing the summer slump: Opportunities for struggling readers) and Rachel Romeo (Socioeconomic Influences on Reading and Reading Disability)
Light snacks and discussion with speakers.
LIGHTNING LITERACY RESEARCH
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
John Gabrieli (Moderator), Jimmy Kim, Louisa Moats, Tiffany Hogan, Nadine Gaab
Join us for an hour of networking and literacy discussion.
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.
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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