In our recent webinar, 95 Phonics Core Program: Applying Reading Science to Transform Instruction, Laura Stewart, our Chief Academic Officer, and Joni Maville, our Director, Content Development, were joined by Amy Bybee, Assistant Superintendent/Curriculum Director, and Laura Meyer, Fifth Grade Teacher with Ottawa School District in Kansas. They discussed the following:
Didn’t make it to the live event? Don’t worry – you can watch the On-Demand Webinar by completing the form here. And while you’re there, read Laura Stewart’s recent blog, Students in 4th and 5th Grades Still Need Reading Instruction?
Laura Stewart, Chief Academic Officer, 95 Percent Group
In her role 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 which ignited her lifelong passion for empowering educators to positively impact ALL students 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 and is a LETRS® Certified Trainer.
Joni Maville, Director of Content Development
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 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.
Amy Bybee, Assistant Superintendent/Curriculum Director, Ottawa School District, Ottawa, KS
With the many positions within her education career from a teacher, school improvement specialist, ELA District Coordinator, and building and district administrator, Amy Bybee's passion behind reading instruction and how best to provide the learning necessary for students to become successful readers has been her focus. Her leadership position affords the opportunity to connect with other curricular leaders across the state of Kansas to help shift reading instructional practices and provide effective learning environments for all students. She is also trained as a LETRS® facilitator for her district.
Laura Meyer, Fifth Grade Teacher, Ottawa School District, Ottawa, KS
Laura Meyer has been a classroom teacher for fourteen years. She taught in the primary grade levels for 12 years and is currently a fifth grade teacher at Sunflower Elementary School. Laura is a district LETRS® facilitator and is dedicated to helping support reading instruction for her students and coworkers.