There’s no guesswork in the science of reading.


April 29-May 1, 2022

Science of Reading Symposium

April 28-April 29, 2022

AASB Preconference 


Egan Convention Center, Anchorage, Alaska


ALL Education Stakeholders, this conference is free to attend!


Ground Alaska education stakeholders in a cohesive understanding of the science of reading.

Engage in courageous conversations about Alaska’s reading performance and how to move the needle on student outcomes.

What does “Science of Reading” mean in Alaska?

The Science of Reading is an ongoing field of study that examines the last fifty years of research to determine the most effective way to teach reading. A scientific approach to reading instruction includes explicit, systematic, instruction in phonological awareness (sounds), phonics, fluency (ability to read accurately and at an appropriate rate), vocabulary, and comprehension.

What can attendees expect?

 Our challenge is to ensure every child is proficient in reading with access to skilled educators implementing evidence-based practices. Alaska’s Science of Reading Symposium will explore the research, its implications, and the urgency of action for students across our great state.

The Science of Reading Symposium SNAPSHOT Agenda

Friday, April 29, 2022

Lunch and Dinner provided

Dr. Tracy Weeden
Afternoon Keynote Speaker
The Moral Imperative of Reading
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Breakout Session 1

AK Stakeholders 
Afternoon Keynote Speakers
“TED Talks” – WHY reading matters for Alaska

Breakout Session 2

Banquet Dinner

Dr. Carey Wright
Evening Keynote Speaker
How Mississippi Moved the Needle in Reading

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Breakfast and Lunch provided

Carol Tolman
Morning Keynote Speaker
The Science of Reading: what it is, and what it is not
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Breakout Session 3

Breakout Session 4

Dr. Heidi Beverine-Curry
Afternoon Keynote Speaker
The Science of Reading: A Defining Movement

Breakout Session 5

Dr. Jessica Swain-Bradway
Afternoon Keynote Speaker
Setting the Stage for Reading Success; An Investment in the Whole Child

Networking Reception

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Breakfast and Lunch provided

Dr. Tracy Weeden
Morning Keynote Speaker
Moving the Needle: Time, Talent, Funding
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Breakout Session 6

Commissioner Dr. Michael Johnson
Morning Keynote Speaker
Alaska’s Vision for how we will Move the Needle in Reading Performance

Association of Alaska School Boards
School Law and Policy Day

Thursday, April 28

1:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Dinner Provided

Friday, April 29

8:30 PM – 11:30 AM

Breakfast Provided

Co-Hosted with the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

Join us for an in-depth discussion on:

Education Funding: How Money Works

Facilitated by Attorney John Sedor

Participants will:

  • Focus on how Education Funding Works – Learning how allocating money impacts student results
  • Learn why struggling with the nitty-gritty details of school funding is governance, not micromanagement
  • Learn how not to make assumptions about school funding

The day will feature opportunities for civil discourse on this important topic with the following leaders:

  • Senator Tom Begich
  • Commissioner Michael Johnson
  • Chad Aldeman – Policy Director, Edumonics, Georgetown University
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