AGENDA

The Science of Reading Symposium Agenda

Friday, April 29, 2022

Alaska Science of Reading Symposium: Why are we here and focused on reading?

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Science of Reading Symposium Registration and Check-in

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Lunch Buffet

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Keynote: Dr. Tracy Weeden
The Moral Imperative of Reading

View the live streaming

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Coffee and Networking Break

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Breakout Session 1

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  • Susan McKenzie & Brittnay Bailey                                             AK Dept. of Education & Early Development
    Reading Survey Results
  • Kelly Manning & Dr. Elizabeth Greninger                                     AK Dept. of Education & Early Development
    Summative Assessment Results
  • Deborah Riddle & Donald Enoch
     AK Dept. of Education & Early Development                                 Early Learning/APD Assessment Results
  • Dr. Allison Layland                                                                      R16CC
    Why Science of Reading?
  • Dr. Heidi Beverine-Curry                                                              The Reading League
    Statewide Focus: Why it matters
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Coffee and Networking Break

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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

  • Commissioner Michael Johnson
  • Senator Tom Begich
  • Sandra Kowalski, AK State Board of Education
  • Superintendent Deena Bishop
  • Principal Frances Jackson
  • Elizabeth Hancock, Teacher
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Coffee and Networking Break

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM

Breakout Session 2

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  •  Susie McKenzie & Brittnay Bailey                                             AK Dept. of Education & Early Development
    Reading Survey Results
  • Kelly Manning & Dr. Elizabeth Greninger                                     AK Dept. of Education & Early Development   
    Summative Assessment Results
  • Deborah Riddle & Donald Enoch                                                AK Dept. of Education & Early Development
    Early Learning/APD Assessment Results
  • Dr. Allison Layland                                                                                   R16CC
    Why Science of Reading?
  • Dr. Heidi Beverine-Curry                                                              The Reading League
    Statewide Focus: Why it matters
5:30 PM – 5:45 PM

Coffee and Networking Break

5:45 PM – 6:15 PM

Dinner served at tables

6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

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

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Alaska Science of Reading Symposium: What is the science of reading?

7:45 AM – 8:15 AM

Breakfast Buffet

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM

Keynote: Dr. Carol Tolman
The Science of Reading: what it is, and what it is not
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9:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Networking Break

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Breakout Session 3

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  • Dr. Rebecca Tolson
    Neuhaus Education Center
    Science + Knowledge = Crushing the Core: Teaching the Tier I Classroom
  • Kimberly Barnes
    Education Northwest
    Five Things Administrators need to know about Literacy Leadership
  • Dr. Carol Tolman
    Co-Author LETRS
    Language Structures and Verbal Reasoning: Missing Links in Comprehension Instruction
  • Dr. Allison Layland & Dr. Patti Permenter
    R16CC
    Starting Early: Creating Robust Language Experiences for Young Learners
  • Melissa Beck & Kelly Crain
    Mississippi Dept. Ed.
    Structured vs Balanced Literacy
  • Jill Hoda & Lori Stringer
    Mississippi Dept. Ed.
    Providing a Structure for Science in the Classroom
  • Laurie Weathersby & Jayda Brantley
    Mississippi Dept. Ed.
    Spotlight on Dyslexia
  • Marjorie Bottari
    Heggerty Phonemic Awareness
    Phonemic Awareness
  • Karen Melin
    Superintendent, FNSBSD
    Science of Reading and Alaska’s ELA Standards
  • Scott Griego & Dr. Ellen Vorenkamp
    NWEA, Michigan Assessment Consortium
    Building Assessment Literacy through a Balanced Assessment System
  • Dr. Marybeth Flachbart
    R16CC
    Alaska’s Reading Playbook
  • Janel Keating
    TEAMS
    The Engine That Drives a Professional Learning Community at Work
  • Jack Baldermann
    Building a Championship Vision and Exceptional Results: How to Effectively Implement RTI and PLC Practices 
    RTIi/MTSS
  • Joel Isaak
    AK Dept. of Education & Early Development
    Culturally Relevant Practices for the Science of Reading Classroom
  • Jamilah Hicks & Lauren Weisskirk
    EdReports
    Materials Matter for Alaskan Students’ Success: How to Know if Curriculum is High Quality
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Coffee and Networking Break

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Breakout Session 4

VIEW BREAKOUT SESSIONS
  • Dr. Rebecca Tolson
    Neuhaus Education Center
    Science + Knowledge = Crushing the Core: Teaching the Tier I Classroom
  • Kimberly Barnes
    Education Northwest
    Five Things Administrators need to know about Literacy Leadership
  • Dr. Carol Tolman
    Co-Author LETRS
    Language Structures and Verbal Reasoning: Missing Links in Comprehension Instruction
  • Dr. Allison Layland & Dr. Patti Permenter
    R16CC
    Starting Early: Creating Robust Language Experiences for Young Learners
  • Melissa Beck & Kelly Crain
    Mississippi Dept. Ed.
    Structured vs Balanced Literacy
  • Jill Hoda & Lori Stringer
    Mississippi Dept. Ed.
    Providing a Structure for Science in the Classroom
  • Laurie Weathersby & Jayda Brantley
    Mississippi Dept. Ed.
    Spotlight on Dyslexia
  • Marjorie Bottari
  • Heggerty Phonemic Awareness
    Phonemic Awareness
  • Karen Melin
    Superintendent, FNSBSD
    Science of Reading and Alaska’s ELA Standards
  • Scott Griego & Dr. Ellen Vorenkamp
    NWEA, Michigan Assessment Consortium
    Building Assessment Literacy through a Balanced Assessment System
  • Dr. Marybeth Flachbart
    R16CC
    Alaska’s Reading Playbook
  • Janel Keating
    TEAMS
    The Engine That Drives a Professional Learning Community at Work
  • Jack Baldermann
    Building a Championship Vision and Exceptional Results: How to Effectively Implement RTI and PLC Practices 
    RTIi/MTSS
  • Joel Isaak
    AK Dept. of Education & Early Development
    Culturally Relevant Practices for the Science of Reading Classroom
  • Jamilah Hicks & Lauren Weisskirk
    EdReports
    Materials Matter for Alaskan Students’ Success: How to Know if Curriculum is High Quality
12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

Lunch Buffet

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

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

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM

Networking Break

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Breakout Session 5

VIEW BREAKOUT SESSIONS
  • Dr. Rebecca Tolson
    Neuhaus Education Center
    Science + Knowledge = Crushing the Core: Teaching the Tier I Classroom
  • Kimberly Barnes
    Education Northwest
    Five Things Administrators need to know about Literacy Leadership
  • Dr. Carol Tolman
    Co-Author LETRS
    Language Structures and Verbal Reasoning: Missing Links in Comprehension Instruction
  • Dr. Allison Layland & Dr. Patti Permenter
    R16CC
    Starting Early: Creating Robust Language Experiences for Young Learners
  • Melissa Beck & Kelly Crain
    Mississippi Dept. Ed.
    Structured vs Balanced Literacy
  • Jill Hoda & Lori Stringer
    Mississippi Dept. Ed.
    Providing a Structure for Science in the Classroom
  • Laurie Weathersby & Jayda Brantley
    Mississippi Dept. Ed.
    Spotlight on Dyslexia
  • Marjorie Bottari
    Heggerty Phonemic Awareness
    Phonemic Awareness
  • Karen Melin
    Superintendent, FNSBSD
    Science of Reading and Alaska’s ELA Standards
  • Scott Griego & Dr. Ellen Vorenkamp
    NWEA, Michigan Assessment Consortium
    Building Assessment Literacy through a Balanced Assessment System
  • Dr. Marybeth Flachbart
    R16CC
    Alaska’s Reading Playbook
  • Janel Keating
    TEAMS
    The Engine That Drives a Professional Learning Community at Work.
  • Jack Baldeman
    Building a Championship Vision and Exceptional Results: How to Effectively Implement RTI and PLC Practices 
    RTIi/MTSS
  • Joel Isaak
    AK Dept. of Education & Early Development
    Culturally Relevant Practices for the Science of Reading Classroom
  • Jamilah Hicks & Lauren Weisskirk
    EdReports
    Materials Matter for Alaskan Students’ Success: How to Know if Curriculum is High Quality
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Coffee and Networking Break

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

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

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Networking Reception

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Alaska Science of Reading Symposium: What will we do to improve reading performance in Alaska?

7:45 AM – 8:15 AM

Breakfast Buffet

 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM

Keynote: Dr. Tracy Weeden
Moving the Needle: Time, Talent, Funding
View the live streaming

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Coffee and Networking Break

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Breakout Session 6

VIEW BREAKOUT SESSIONS
      • Dr. Jessica Swain-Bradway
        NWPBIS
        Taking Action for a School Environment that Supports Academic Growth
      • Scott Griego & Ellen Vorenkamp
        NWEA, Michigan Assessment Consortium
        How Balanced is Your Assessment System?
      • Laurie Weathersby & Jayda Brantley
        Mississippi Dept. Ed.
        Response to Intervention within the MTSS Framework
      • Melissa V. Beck, Jill Webb Hoda, Kelli P. Crain, & Lori W. Stringer
        Mississippi Dept. Ed.
        Literacy: Essential Block Components
      • Elbert Harvey
        R16CC
        Parent Engagement that Supports Science of Reading
      • Dr. Heidi Beverine-Curry
        The Reading League
        What it takes to transition a school to the Science of Reading
      • Panel Discussion: Raring and ready to go for reading! Insights and Opportunities from Alaska’s Agencies and Professional Organizations.
        AK DEED, AK SBOE, ACSA, AASB, SERRC, NEA-AK

        Moderated by Tamara Van Wyhe
        R16CC
        What is next in Reading Science for Alaska Education partners?
        • Susan McKenzie, Alaska DEED
        • Bob Griffin, State Board of Education
        • Sally Stockhausen, State Board of Education
        • Lon Garrison, AK Association of School Boards
        • Sam Jordan, AK Council of School Administrators
        • Julie Staley, SERRC
        • Tom Klaameyer, NEA-AK
      • Dr. Rebecca Tolson
        Neuhaus Education Center
        Translating Reading Policy to Practice: A Moral Imperative Worth Fighting for in the State of Alaska
      • Jamilah Hicks & Lauren Weisskirk 
        Ed Reports
        Selecting High Quality Instructional Materials with an Equity Lens
      • Carol Oulton, Joshua Gill, & Melissa Gill
        Lower Kuskokwim School District
        Immersion and Cultural Literacy in Action 
10:45 AM -11:00 AM

Coffee and Networking Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch: Grab and Go Boxes
Roundtable Courageous Conversations and Strategic Planning by district or size
Facilitators Available- Assessment packets handed out during this time for each district

AASB Law & Policy Pre-Conference Agenda

Thursday, April 28

1:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Dinner Provided!

Friday, April 29

8:30 AM – 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, and
  • Chad Aldeman – Policy Director, Edumonics, Georgetown University
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