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Join us for an interactive deep dive into the science of reading.

Now more than ever, we are called to focus on the compelling evidence-aligned reading research to provide a clear foundation for student success. The new Georgia law, The Georgia Early Literacy Act, is evidence of the state's commitment to do just that. At our Atlanta event, we'll hear from local policy experts and school leaders who have brought transformative change to their district’s reading instruction.

Literacy is one of the most significant social justice and equity issues today. Through the science of reading research, we can deliver on the promise of literacy for all.

School leaders are the key change agents in making good on that promise.

Your leadership matters. Districts where leaders know the research and lead the instruction experience the greatest success. This 2-day Science of Reading Symposium will provide the research as the foundation and the roadmap for instruction: the why and the how.

“Everything was fabulous! The symposium built on my current reading science knowledge base deepening my understanding for classroom application, provided new resources, and I met some fantastic, dynamic people that I will keep in touch with. Loved every minute!” 

Riverside, CA Symposium Participant | March 2023 

Symposium Takeaways

All attendees will receive:

  • 10 Success Factors for Literacy Improvement, a transformative MTSS leadership guide by Dr. Susan Hall, Co-Founder 95 Percent Group
  • 10 Success Factors Book Study Bundle including a Facilitator's Guide and 10 Reader’s Guides 
  • 95 Percent Group Steps for Success Flipbook
  • 95 Percent Group Phonics Continuum
  • 95 Phonics Core Program® Grade 1 Sample Lesson
  • The Reading League's Science of Reading Defining Guide
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • 10% Discount Code for printed product orders (up to $500 per school, expires in 30 days)

Lunch will be provided on both days!

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Registering with a Purchase Order

Please include the name, email address, title, school name or district, and event code WS1000.SRSGA.202306 on your PO and send it to wsorders@95percentgroup.com.


Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before the event, less processing fees.

We look forward to meeting you as we work together to bring the Science of Reading to practice in your school or district.

Space is limited. Register today to reserve your seat.


Hotel Reservations

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center, l2450 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta.. The hotel is connected to the Cobb Galleria Centre. Click here or call Marriott Reservations at 888.391.8724 to make a reservation. The cut-off date is Friday, May 26th


2023-24 Symposia Series

Our Atlanta, GA, Science of Reading Symposium is part of our Educator Leadership series.  Check back to see our complete Fall 2023 schedule to be announced soon. We hope you'll join us at a location near you!


For more information, contact Donna McConnell, Senior Regional Account Executive | dmcconnell@95percentgroup.com  847.558.2574.

workshops@95percentgroup.com | 847.499.8200

DAY #1: Tuesday, June 20, 2023 | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Science of Reading: Principles and Practices

Laura Stewart, Chief Academic Officer, 95 Percent Group will facilitate an interactive, deep dive into the science of reading.

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM  | 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

    • What has science taught us about how children learn to read?
    • How do these findings help transform instructional practice?
    • What framework can impact system-wide change and literacy success?

Attendees will leave with an understanding of reading science principles, practical reading techniques to put into immediate action, and a framework for implementing system-wide change

The Right to Read Screening

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Capture-2This film shares the stories of an NAACP activist, a teacher, and two American families who fight to provide our youngest generation with the most foundational indicator of life-long success: the ability to read.
Laura Stewart and Dr. Kymyona Burk will host a question-and-answer session after the screening, which is
sure to generate a meaningful discussion

DAY #2: Wednesday, June 21, 2023 | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM 

Science of Reading: Day 1 Synopsis

Laura Stewart, Chief Academic Officer, 95 Percent Group

Kymyona_Burk Headshot

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM | Keynote: Kymyona Burk, Ed.D.

Literacy Leadership as a Catalyst for Change

Dr. Kymyona Burk, Senior Policy Fellow for Early Literacy at the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), supports a comprehensive approach to K-3 reading policy by assisting leaders in building or improving K-3 reading policies and implementation. Prior to this position, she served as the Executive Director for the Office of Teaching and Learning in the Jackson Public School District, Jackson, MS.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM |
MTSS Success Journeys

Creating District-Wide Science of Reading Sustainable Systems that Improve Student Outcomes

MTSS Atlanta HeadshotsJanet Walden, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Michael Singletary, Director of Curriculum, Assessment & School Improvement, and Holly Harrison, MTSS Coordinator, Grady County Schools, GA will share how their school system is creating and implementing comprehensive structured literacy and MTSS processes that support explicit and systematic instruction within each tier, as well as tiered support for teachers, coaches, and administrators.

Prevention Before Intervention: How One District Systematically Transformed Tier 1 Literacy Instruction

Jennifer and Alexandria AtlantaJennifer Burton, Director of Literacy and Alexandria Elikwu, ELA Program Specialist, Fulton County Schools, GA will describe how they transformed tier 1 reading instruction through professional learning, coaching, and the use of high-quality instructional resources.


Headshot-DMcConnell-202311:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Connecting Research to Practice 

Dr. Donna McConnell, Regional Account Executive, 95 Percent Group | FL, GA, SC



1:30 PM - 3:00 PM | Roundtable Panel Discussion 

Bringing it All Together

Laura Stewart, Chief Academic Officer, 95 Percent Group, will moderate a discussion about effectively implementing the science of reading instructional practices and aligned resources in GA classrooms. Learn how these leaders created environments for change in their districts and schools.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Kymyona Burk, Senior Policy Fellow Early Literacy, ExcelinEd 
  • Representative Bethany Ballard, Sponsor of House Bill 538, The Georgia Early Literacy Act, and Chair of the Georgia House of Representatives, Education-Curriculum Subcommittee 
  • Janet Walden, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Grady County Schools, GA
  • Michael Singletary, Director of Curriculum, Assessment & School Improvement, Grady County Schools, GA
  • Holly Harrison, MTSS Coordinator, Grady County Schools, GA
  • Jennifer Burton, Director of Literacy, Fulton County Schools, GA
  • Alexandria Elikwu, ELA Program Specialist, Fulton County Schools, GA