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International Reading Conference 2022 - Speaker Sessions

Jonathan Douglas CBE, Hon FRSL

Chief Executive of the National Literacy Trust.

Fostering an intrinsic motivation to read: Creating conditions and using culture.

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Dr Paula Williams

Educational Psychologist, Psychology4Learning Ltd.

From principle to practise: How a reading fluency intervention in the UK has had significant and wide-range benefits for classes and individuals.

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Andrew Yeomans and Al Kingsley

Andrew Yeomans: Director of the Education Exchange, Delta Academies Trust.

Al Kingsley: CEO of NetSupport and Chair of a Multi-Academy Trust.

EdTech and digital strategy: Reviewing, planning, selecting the right tools, and evidencing impact.

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Rebekah Ricketts

Head Of English, Safa British School, Dubai.

Building a thriving reading culture: What works and what takes time?

• A direct account on creating and developing a Key Stage 3-5 English curriculum.
• Approaches to develop reading across the curriculum and whole-school literacy.
• Strategies and ideas to implement in your own departments and across the whole school.

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Professor Clare Wood

Professor of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University.

Early Years and KS1: Behaviours, skills and resources that underpin reading success.

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Randi Gelfman Bender and Kerry Mescallado

Randi Gelfman Bender: Vice President of Literacy Curriculum & Assessments, DreamBox Learning Inc (USA).

Kerry Mescallado: Manager of Curriculum Design, Language Arts at DreamBox Learning Inc (USA).

Motivation for reading: Using Texts to Build Student Engagement and Self-Efficacy.
From this session you can expect:
•6 key takeaways on how to use engaging texts to motivate reluctant readers.

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Kendra Brownless

Vice Principal - Deep Learning, Northern Education Trust.

Developing a reading culture Trust-wide.

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Sarah Green

Education Endowment Foundation’s Content Specialist for Literacy.

Purposeful whole class reading strategies: How to improve older pupils' engagement, confidence and fluency.

What you can expect from this session:
• Improving whole class reading aloud strategies in secondary.
• Practical strategies to improve the quality of oral reading in the classroom.
• How to optimise reading opportunities for all students, not just the select few.

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Tim Rasinski

Author and Professor of Reading Education, Kent State University, USA.

Teaching reading fluency: A critical but often neglected part of the reading curriculum.

What you can expect from this session:
• Take away evidence of the importance of reading fluency.
• Proven methods for promoting fluency in students of all ages that can be easily implemented in nearly any educational setting.

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Reading Plus works by building upon the foundational skills of phonics and phonemic awareness to develop a child's silent reading fluency, vocabulary and deeper understanding.

By strengthening their comprehension, Reading Plus can help reintroduce and reengage reluctant readers in the joy of reading for pleasure – for life.

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