A summary of the Community Literacy Convening

Literacy is crucial for student success. Many of our schools and partners have seen how the shift from “learning to read” to “reading to learn” opens up a world of knowledge for students that paves the way for a lifetime of learning success in science, mathematics, literature, and beyond. At Great MN Schools, we continued our dive into foundational literacy skills with friends, partners, and advocates at our virtual Literacy Convening: Deepening our Understanding on How Students Learn to Read on Dec. 7, 2021.

The research is clear about how children learn to read.

All students can learn to read when they are explicitly taught with the right instructional methods that include both the skills to read words and the skills to create meaning from text.

“The science of reading is not an ideology, a philosophy, a political agenda, a one-size-fits all approach, a program of instruction, or a specific component of instruction. It is the emerging consensus from many related disciplines, based on literally thousands of studies, supported by hundreds of millions of research dollars, conducted across the world in many languages.”

- Louisa Moats, of ‘Hard Words’ and Straw Men: Let’s Understand What Reading Science is Really About

We learned from experts
Field experts spoke to what the Science of Reading looks like in classrooms and for students. Our speakers explored the different roles we can take as teachers, coaches, principals, community leaders, parents, and advocates to ensure that every student receives the support they need to be strong readers and writers.

During the three-hour virtual event we heard from these literacy thought leaders:

We also heard from a panel of local school leaders about their experiences with the Science of Reading at their schools:

Some useful timestamps from the convening recording:

  • 00:05:11 – "Science of Reading: A Primer" by Susan Lambert, host of Science of Reading: The Podcast
  • 00:59:27 – "The Knowledge Gap: What It Is and How to Narrow It" by Natalie Wexler, author of The Knowledge Gap
  • 02:18:14 – Panel with Minnesota educators
Share this recording with friends and colleagues! Learn more about the literacy work we do here.