Teachable Momentum...A Guide to Closing America's Early Reading Gap
In this session we will summarize the causes and implications of our children's failure to meet early reading standards and outline a solution for this chronic national crisis. We will share the story of one school district's journey where, in the past, over 50% of kindergarten students finished the year at risk to a system currently where 96% of students in the half-day kindergarten are benchmarked and beyond. The author of the book "Teachable Momentum...A Guide to Closing America's Early Reading Gap" will share a sneak peek of the process put into the place to help a number of school districts close the achievement gap.
Lead the change process in the Pleasant Valley School District which resulted in Kindergarten performance going from the mid 50s in students bench marking to 96% today in a half-day Kindergarten program.
Michael has a passion for assisting parents that have young children, birth to age 6, so he created a company, Inspired Learning, LP, to create products that could help parents be their child’s “First teacher”. Since founding Step By Step Learning®, The Institute For Literacy and Learning and Inspired Learning, Michael has forged solid partnerships with some of the most renowned literacy experts in the field, Dr Louisa Moats, the late Dr Ed Shapiro, Dr Marilyn Adams, Dr Randy Sprick, Dr Jan Hasbrouck, Dr. Mark Shinn, Dr Joe Torgesen, Dr Roland Good, Dr Timothy Shanahan and many others. The mutual respect that these experts and Mike have for each other is impressive. Michael has been asked to speak on “Why Children Struggle to Read and how it can be solved” to the Senate of Pa, the US Congress, International Reading Associations, The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), numerous State Senate Education panels, Federal Programs associations, School Board Assoc. and numerous Curriculum organizations around the USA. The significant academic turn-around improvement in hundreds of classrooms is described in detail in his new book, Teachable Momentum-- -A Guide To Closing America’s Early Reading Gap.