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The Urgent Need to Support Older Readers
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern

Event Description

The Urgent Need to Support Older Readers: Accelerative & Appropriate Foundational Skills Instruction for Students in Upper Elementary, Middle, and High School

Hosted by Collaborative Classroom and The Reading League New Jersey

Educators, parents, and school leaders recognize the urgent need to support students in upper elementary, middle, and high school who struggle to read. Foundational skills knowledge is at the heart of this work and it is crucial to provide instruction that is research-based, respectful, dignified, and age-appropriate to this vulnerable group of students. 

In this session, Dr. Jennifer McMahon will discuss the reading research related to foundational skills instruction and the considerations essential for engaging and remediating the reading skills of older students. Participants will be provided with concrete examples of structured literacy lessons and with effective, evidence-based approaches for helping students master and apply critical reading skills. Please join us for what will be a powerful hour of learning!



Date: March 2, 2023
Time: 12:30 PM PT | 1:30 PM MT | 2:30 PM CT | 3:30 PM ET
Cost: This webinar is complimentary, but you must register in advance to attend. 
Recording: This webinar will be recorded. Recordings are emailed to registrants within 5 business days after the event concludes. 
Intended Audience: Upper Elementary, Middle, and High School Coaches, RTI Coordinators, Reading Interventionists, Literacy Leaders, Principals, ELA Supervisors, and District/School Administrators from New York or New Jersey.


Facilitated by Dr. Jen McMahonDr. Katy Cortelyou, and Susan E. Miller

Dr. Jennifer McMahon
 is an experienced school district administrator, professional development specialist, and literacy specialist. She received her EdD in K–12 school leadership from the University of Rochester; her dissertation focused on designing professional development models to support virtual professional learning communities. She has extensive experience facilitating professional development in-person and virtually, including her current volunteer work with teacher leaders in Cambodia, serving as the Director of Teacher Training and Development for the Butterfly Pea Charitable Foundation. Jennifer also achieved National Board Certification in early and middle childhood literacy. She is passionate about helping teachers and districts meet the needs of all students.

Dr. Katy Cortelyou worked for 20 years in Florida schools as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, reading interventionist, and professional developer. Katy earned her EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Florida. Her research efforts focused on the role of teacher knowledge and the teaching of primary level at-risk readers. She also holds National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist. Katy is passionate about working alongside educators to deepen professional practices that inspire student learning.

Susan E. Miller, President of The Reading League New Jersey Chapter, is a recognized speaker, author and expert in Literacy and Learning Disabilities with over 30 years in the field. Susan is the Director of the Robinowitz Education Center, the sponsor of The Reading League NJ Chapter.  

Hosted by Lynda Zins Dixon, Ann Warner, and Kathy McCue

Questions? Please contact events@collaborativeclassroom.org.