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Friday, May 20 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Are we ready? Nationwide shifts in teaching of reading that affect children and their parents’ use of libraries

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Around the country, laws are being passed shaping how schools teach reading. This session helps participants understand this movement with its emphases on scientific research, terminology such as “core” reading instruction, shifts from “leveled” books to “decodable” books and the belief that all children learn in the same way. As literacy educators, children’s librarians need to understand how values of equity, diversity, and inclusion are affected by these approaches, to communicate with concerned parents, and to continue creating lifelong readers. Included are an overview of the current situation, ways that libraries may be affected, and how library staff can prepare.

Learning objectives:
Understand the current basic approaches to primary reading instruction in Utah
Examine the equity, diversity and inclusion aspects of different approaches to the teaching of reading and the “scientific” and “evidence-based” claims behind them
Respond to parent and educator requests resulting from new classroom emphasis on elements such as phonological awareness, phonics, and decodable books

Speakers
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Jim Erekson

Associate Professor of Reading, School of Teacher Education, University of Northern Colorado
How children learn to read. How libraries figure into that equation. The role of authentic text within key aspects of teaching and learning. 
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Lu Benke

Consultant, Consultant with Linking Libraries and Literacy
Lu Benke brings to her presentations experiences from over 35 years as a children’s librarian (most recently at Poudre Libraries) as well as the best of recent research from her Master’s in Reading and PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. She... Read More →



Friday May 20, 2022 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
Meridian C & G