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The Power of Decodables in Learning to Read: Solid Strategies for Teaching

While learning to read, our youngest students struggle to connect speech sounds to print on the page. Achieving this skill can be challenging, yet research proves the value of using decodable texts at this critical stage of literacy learning.  

Decodable texts allow students to encounter words they have the skill set to sound out and read independently. Not all texts marked ‘decodable’ are truly that, leaving teachers to hunt for and evaluate the best of the myriad offerings on the market. Join our experts for this informative presentation as they shine a light on the facts and best offerings regarding early reading instruction and the use of decodable texts.  

In this on-demand webinar, Laura Stewart, Chief Academic Officer, and Joni Maville, Director of Content Development, present information that you can immediately apply to your teaching, including:  

  • Why use decodable texts—and how 
  • The importance of alignment to the curriculum when choosing decodables 
  • The critical nature of building upon phonics skills taught in earlier lessons 
  • How a strategic design reinforces effective decoding habits 
  • How our unique ‘flip format’ helps students build skills and overcome confusion 

Plus, they introduce 95 Decodable Duo™  and share how these texts align with the K-1 scope and sequence of 95 Phonics Core Program®.  

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Meet your Webinar Facilitators

Headshot-Laura-Stewart-2022-95PGLaura Stewart, Chief Academic Officer, 95 Percent Group

As Chief Academic Officer for 95 Percent Group, Laura Stewart drives our leadership position and is our primary Reading Science advocate. Her journey began as a classroom teacher and a school district administrator, igniting her lifelong passion for empowering educators to impact  ALL students positively and ultimately change the course of literacy achievement in this country. Before joining 95 Percent Group, Laura served as the Chief Innovation Officer for The Reading League and was the Chief Academic Officer for Professional Development with the Highlights Education Group. 

Headshot-JMaville-2022Joni Maville, Director, Content Development, 95 Percent Group

As a former first-third grade teacher, K-3 Reading Coach, and K-8 Teaching and Learning Specialist, Joni understands the critical need to close phonics skill gaps as early as possible for all students to help them become joyful, confident readers. At 95 Percent Group, Joni is committed to meeting ongoing instructional needs to improve student outcomes. In the past two years, she was part of the product development team that introduced the Phonemic Awareness Suite, 95 Phonics Core Program®, 95 Phonics Skill Series™: Short Vowels, and the 95 Phonics Booster Bundle®: Summer School 2nd Edition and Tune-Up, and the MSRC Presentation Files.    

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