In 2019, The National Center for Education Statistics reported that 65% of fourth-grade students were reading below grade level. Interrupted learning due to COVID-19 has only worsened this crisis in early literacy, especially in historically disadvantaged and marginalized communities.

Join early literacy experts Cindy Jiban and Lynne Kulich as they discuss science-backed instructional strategies to help close the reading gap for all students. Learn how assessments like MAP Reading Fluency can help you meet students where they are and inform instruction toward the ultimate goal of reading for meaning and understanding.

Why you should attend

Learn straightforward, science-based approaches that you can use to address gaps in early literacy.

Who should attend

  • District leaders
  • School leaders
  • Teacher leaders
  • Literacy specialists

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the unique challenges interrupted learning poses for grades K–3
  • Get science-backed strategies for helping early readers catch up
  • Learn how MAP Reading Fluency supports instructional decision-making

All registrants will receive a link to a recording of the session.

Lynne Kulich, PhD
Early Learning Sales Strategy Director, NWEA

Cindy Jiban, PhD
Principal Academic Lead, Early Learning, NWEA

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