Read A Palooza

Inspiring Changes in Literacy to Benefit All Students

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For Educators, Universities, Administrators, and Parents Supporting Changes in Literacy Practices

This professional learning experience is designed to motivate and inspire education stakeholders to implement the science of reading in their buildings and districts. Sessions will be presented in a quick, Ted Talk style, with multiple speakers sharing insights. All sessions will be aligned with Ohio's Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement.

Multiple studies have proven that reading achievement can be increased so that 95% of students are reading at or approaching grade level. Achieving this goal involves multiple systemic changes (instruction, curriculum, assessment, leadership, teaming, scheduling, MTSS, etc.) and the use of evidence based practices aligned with the body of research commonly referred to as the science of reading. Each session in this series will have a pre-determined topic related to the science of reading and systemic components of literacy instruction. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions specific to their buildings and districts. These questions and problem-solving opportunities will be critical for application of the research.


All times are Eastern Daylight Savings Time and are approximate

8:30 am Screen open: program information and awesome music

9:00 am Welcome: Dr. Tim Collins, President of Walsh University

Review of the day. Q&A box and Chat Box process: David Brobeck

9:05 am

  • Rebecca Tolson, Ph.D. Neuhaus Education Center Dimensions of Dyslexia
  • Stephanie Stollar, Ph.D., MTSS Innovations A Brief Introduction to the Science of Reading
  • Matt Horrisberger, Walsh University The Importance of Early Intervention: A Personal Story
  • Carolyn Turner, Ohio Literacy Lead The Simple View of Reading: It's Not So Simple
  • Mary Dahlgren, Ed.D. Tools 4 Reading Sound Walls and Vowel Phonemes
  • Michelle Elia, Ohio Literacy Lead You Can’t Intervene Your Way Out of a Tier 1 Problem

10:00 am
  • Steve Dykstra, Ph.D. Cognitive Psychologist, Milwaukee, WI· The Impact of Reading Difficulties on Children and Youth
  • Kerry Agins, Esq., J.D., Agins and Gilman, LLC The Power - and Passion - of Parent Advocacy
  • Mary Heather Munger, Ph.D. University of Findlay Dyslexia from Every Perspective
  • Lynn Rudd, Ph.D. Walsh University Teacher Candidates: What Can You Expect?
  • David Brobeck, Ph.D. Walsh University. Truth, Justice, and the Ethical Way

11:00 am

  • Louisa Moats, Ed.D., Author of LETRS Higher Education: Where Science Can Meet the Art of Teaching (11 am EDT)
  • Melissa Butler, Canton City Schools & Walsh University Inequality in Our Schools: How Current Literacy Practices Are Failing Our Most Vulnerable Students and What We Can Do To Change It
  • Aaron Bouie, Youngstown City Schools Relationships, Collaboration, & Creativity
  • David Kilpatrick, Ph.D. SUNY-Cortland How We Remember Words, and Why Some Children Don't! (Closing presentation!)

Overview of the day: Panelist

Closing song

Event Registration

You must register for this event in advance. The Read-A-Palooza has 1000 spots available for this impactful virtual conference. Please register early and honor your registration. Sessions will be recorded and posted publicly after the event.

Read A Palooza Details

Wednesday, July 15th, 9am-12pm

This is an online event.

The site will open at 8:30 am for informal Q & A and other interesting warm up activities.

Rationale and Purpose

Walsh University was recently awarded one of 7 P20 Literacy Grants from the Ohio Department of Education. The grant had multiple components:

  1. rewrite reading courses to align with the science of reading and Ohio's Plan to Raise literacy Achievement
  2. build the capacity of both university faculty and community partners

This large-scale event is a component of that effort. The design of the conference is for each presentation to be concise, relevant, and thought-provoking.

This event is just the beginning of the conversation! Districts in Ohio that need follow up assistance and support can contact the Regional Early Literacy Specialists at their local State Support Team. You can learn more about your State Support Team and how to contact them by clicking here. There are 16 regional SSTs and each SST has a Regional Early Literacy Specialist with extensive knowledge about and training in the science of reading. A list of RELS can be found here.