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Join us for an interactive deep dive into the science of reading in Columbus, OH

Now more than ever, we are called to focus on compelling evidence-aligned reading research to provide a clear foundation for student success.  At our Columbus 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 agents of change 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.

“The hands-on activities, Q/A, and tangible resources were outstanding! I enjoyed networking with other school leaders, listening to the MTSS Success Journey presentations on how 95 Percent Group has worked for them to improve instruction and reading outcomes.” 

Atlanta, GA Symposium Participant | June 2023 

Symposium Takeaways

All attendees will receive:

  • 10 Success Factors for Literacy Improvement, a transformative MTSS leadership guide by Dr. Susan Hall,  Retired Co-Founder, 95 Percent Group
  • 10 Success Factors Book Study Bundle including a Facilitator's Guide and 10 Reader’s Guides 
  • 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)

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided on both days!

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Please include the name, email address, title, school name, district, and event code WS1000.SRSOH.202402 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.



For more information contact:

Tammy Sabrin, Regional Account Executive  tsabrin@95percentgroup.com | 847.305.4717

workshops@95percentgroup.com | 847.499.8200

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 

DAY #1: Tuesday, February 20, 2024 

9:00 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.

9:00 AM - Noon  | 1:00 PM - 3:00 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

DAY #2: Wednesday, February 21, 2024  

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Stephanie Stollar

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM | Symposium Keynote

Dr. Stephanie Stollar, Educational Consultant and creator of The Reading Science Academy

Leading for Literacy Improvement

Ohio's literacy leaders are uniquely positioned to leverage the science of reading for the benefit of all students. State policies, legislation, and initiatives are elevating the importance of aligning instruction and assessment to the reading research.

Dr. Stollar's presentation will define Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) as the framework for implementing the science of reading and will highlight the aspects of the model that school leaders can leverage for meaningful change.


10:30 AM - 11:15 AM |
MTSS Success Journeys

Developing Sustainable Systems: Structured Literacy through an MTSS Framework

Rebecca_Tompkins_Columbus SymposiumDuring this presentation, Becky Tompkins, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Sycamore Community School District, Cincinnati, will share the district's journey in empowering teachers and administrators with a strong foundation of the science of reading across all tiers of instruction. Through professional learning, evidence-based and high-quality instructional materials, and data-guided instruction, the district will share how it is implementing practices to impact outcomes positively for all students through the power of literacy.

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM |

Investing in Professional Learning to Ensure Successful Student Outcomes 

Elia HeadshotDuring this session, Michelle Elia, Ohio Reading League President and Assistant Professor at Marietta College will discuss Ohio's professional learning mandate.  She will also present the role of professional learning as part of a systems-wide literacy plan to build teacher capacity and assist with implementing high-quality instructional materials. 

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM | Connecting Research to Practice 

Sabrin CroppedTammy Sabrin, MEd, Regional Account Executive, 95 Percent Group | OH


1:30 PM - 3:00 PM | Bringing it All Together

Roundtable Panel Discussion 

Headshot-Laura-Stewart-2022-95PGLaura Stewart, Chief Academic Officer at 95 Percent Group, will moderate a discussion about effectively implementing the science of reading instructional practices and aligned resources in OH classrooms. Learn how these leaders created environments for change in their districts and schools.

Panelists include:

  • Stephanie Stollar, EdD, Educational Consultant and creator of The Reading Science Academy
  • Michelle Elia, The Reading League Ohio, Chapter President and Assistant Professor, Marietta College
  • Melissa Weber-Mayrer, PhD, Chief of Literacy Achievement, Ohio Department of Education
  • Becky Tompkins, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Sycamore Community Schools, Cincinnati