On June 8 and 9, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) will convene a virtual conference to address one of the most important issues confronting American education today: the declining reading performance of America’s lowest-performing readers and the growing gap between low and high performing students.
From 2009 to 2019, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) documented a continuing decline in reading scores for the nation’s lowest performing students, at both the 4th and 8th grades. During the same period, scores for the highest performing students remained stable or increased slightly. In 2019, about 30 percent of students assessed lacked the knowledge and skills they needed to be proficient readers. This is a broad, systemic challenge for our nation; one that has almost certainly been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. If our students are to succeed and thrive as adults, we must focus our talents and resources to help them succeed as readers and learners, now.
At this two-day gathering, educators, instructional leaders, and policy makers will hear from some of America's most respected and innovative researchers and educators in the fields of reading instruction, literacy, and language. Participants will include 2019, 2020, and 2021 Teachers of the Year, Rodney Robinson, Tabatha Rosproy, and Juliana Urtubey; Patricia Edwards; Elfrieda (Freddy) Hiebert; Donald Leu; P. David Pearson; Scott Norton; Sharon Vaughn; and a closing panel featuring Kathryn Au, Christopher Edley Jr., Ray Hart, Carol D. Lee, Pedro Noguera, and William Trent.
Other highlights of the conference:
To locate the resources that were shared during sessions, please visit the specific session you're searching for, and view the uploaded links and PDFs in that session.
For more information on WWC resources, please visit the IES What Works Clearinghouse: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/For more information on REL resources, please visit the IES Regional Education Laboratory Lab: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/
For information on applying for IES research grants, please visit the following link: https://ies.ed.gov/funding/For more information on the COVID-19 Clearinghouse, which will include resources that target the needs of young children, students, early childhood providers, families, teachers, faculty, and staff, please visit the following link: https://bestpracticesclearinghouse.ed.gov/
For more information, contact Eunice Greer at Eunice.Greer@ed.gov