Early research findings confirm that school closures have had a negative and possibly long-lasting effect on student success. The warning signs suggest that a return to standard instructions will leave many students permanently behind. This session will model tools and strategies that boost and accelerate the skills of struggling readers. An intense focus on building "word knowledge" and academic language is one of the most effective methods for accelerating learning and understanding.
A featured speaker at national and regional conferences across the country, her mission is to combine current neuroscience with best practices in teaching to develop powerful learning strategies that build language and literacy skills in all content areas. Her groundbreaking book Aim to Grow Your Brain: The Secret Mindset of Underachieving Students was released in October 2009. Her current research and newly released book: Making Words REAL- 6 Steps to Building Academic Vocabulary focuses on combining neuroscience research with best practices in teaching to accelerate the acquisition of academic language. Her motto is, "if you grow word knowledge, world knowledge will follow."