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News from September 2019

Seats still available for second round of reading instruction workshops
September 27, 2019

MCPER and Humanities Texas are set to begin the second round of their popular workshops on best practices in reading instruction for fourth- through sixth-grade educators.

Each workshop will include three 1-day sessions; teachers are expected to attend all three sessions. The Austin workshop series will be held on October 23, December 4, and January 29 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. In San Antonio, the workshops will be held on October 24, December 5, and January 30 at Trinity University. The workshops will feature interactive sessions on word study and recognition, vocabulary, and reading comprehension with an emphasis on social studies texts. Each workshop will build on the previous session and align with the reading and comprehension Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Presenters will include MCPER Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Schnakenberg and longtime MCPER collaborators Diane Haager and Alejandra Rodriguez Mielke. 

Humanities Texas will provide funds to cover substitute teachers and the cost of travel, in accordance with Texas reimbursement rates. Participating teachers also will receive CPE credit and curricular materials.

For more information, including how to register, visit the Humanities Texas website

Christine Espin to be featured in College of Education’s EdTalks series
September 24, 2019

October's installment of the College of Education's EdTalks series will feature an assessment expert from the Netherlands.

Christine Espin of Leiden University will present "Use of Curriculum-Based Measurement Data for Educational Decision Making" from 10 to 11 a.m. on October 31 in Room 352 of the Sanchez Building. In the abstract for the presentation, Espin writes that she will explore "a data-based system designed to closely monitor the progress of students with learning difficulties: curriculum-based measurement (CBM). In the presentation, research focused on teachers’ ability to understand and interpret CBM progress monitoring data will be described, and potential factors contributing to teachers’ ability to understand and interpret the data will be discussed. In addition, methods for improving teachers’ ability to understand, interpret, and use CBM data for decision making will be discussed."

Espin is a professor of learning problems and specialized interventions in education. She has published more than 60 articles and 17 book chapters related to CBM and teachers’ use of student assessment data.

MCPER's Jessica Toste applied for and received funding from the UT Austin Academic Enrichment Fund to bring Espin to campus for the guest lecture.

Dr. Vaughn to give Norman Geschwind Memorial Lecture
September 24, 2019

MCPER Executive Director Sharon Vaughn is scheduled to give the Norman Geschwind Memorial Lecture at the annual International Dyslexia Association conference in November.

The conference will take place November 7–10 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Dr. Vaughn’s lecture, titled “Teaching Literacy Effectively is Life Changing,” is scheduled for Saturday at 8 a.m.

In her lecture, Dr. Vaughn will identify essential features of instruction and go over ways to integrate those features into interventions and general education instruction.

The conference is open for registration.

Learn more about the program.

Dyslexia Foundation conference set for October 18 at Harvard Medical School
September 23, 2019

The Dyslexia Foundation is playing host to a conference this fall that will investigate spelling and orthography's role in reading.

“Understanding Spelling, Orthography, and Their Links to Reading” will be held on October 18 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, including how to register, an agenda, and list of featured speakers, visit The Dyslexia Foundation's website.