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WestEd's Linda Friedrich to Present at the IES Reading Summit

Linda Freidrich

Date: June 9
Time: 10:25 am (PT) / 1:25 pm (ET)

WestEd’s Director of Literacy Linda Friedrich will join educators, policymakers, and researchers at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Reading Summit, June 8 through 9.

Friedrich’s session, “Working with the Developmental Strengths of Adolescent Learners to Build from Inexperience to Independence in Academic Literacies Across the Subject Areas,” will be on June 9 at 10:25 am.

Registration is open and free, and includes presentations and live Q&As. Register here:

IES and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) convened this group to address the declining reading performance of many of the nation’s readers and the growing gap between students with low and high performances. From 2009 to 2019, the National Assessment of Educational Progress documented the decline in reading scores for the nation’s  4th- and 8th-grade students from traditionally underserved communities. During the same period, scores for the highest performing students remained stable or increased . In 2019, about 30 percent of students assessed lacked the knowledge and skills they needed to be proficient readers. This issue is a broad, systemic challenge, one worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

At this two-day gathering, educators, instructional leaders, and policymakers will hear from some of America’s most respected and innovative researchers and educators in the fields of reading instruction, literacy, and language.

Participants include 2020 and 2021 Teachers of the Year, Tabatha Rosproy and Juliana Urtubey; Patricia Edwards; Elfrieda (Freddy) Hiebert; Donald Leu; P. David Pearson; Scott Norton; Sharon Vaughn; and a closing panel featuring Kathy Au, Christopher Edley Jr., Ray Hart, Carol D. Lee, Pedro Noguera, and William Trent.

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June 9th, 2021


10:25 am




Institute of Education Sciences and Council of the Great City Schools