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Join us for an interactive deep dive into the science of reading in Harrisburg, PA.

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

“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,      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 or district, and event code WS1000.SRSPA.202312 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 Jill Robbins, Regional Account Executive | jrobbins@95percentgroup.com | 847.534.7604

workshops@95percentgroup.com | 847.499.8200

DAY #1: Tuesday, December 5, 2023 | 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, December 6, 2023 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


9:00 AM - 10:15 AM | Keynote: Pam Kastner, EdD, Literacy Statewide Lead, PaTTAN

Leading the Way: What Literacy Leaders Need to Know and Do

Join us for an insightful presentation that delves into the critical role of leadership in advancing literacy through the lens of the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy. 

In this session Dr. Kastner will review the fundamental principles of the science of reading and the cognitive processes involved in reading acquisition. Then, we will dive into the concept of Structured Literacy as an effective framework for literacy instruction and explore how recent and pending legislation in Structured Literacy is shaping the literacy landscape.

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

Courage to Lead: Making the Shift from Balanced Literacy to Structured Literacy 

Robert_Palazzo HeadshotIt takes courageous leadership to stay the course with a laser focus on doing what’s best for students. Robert Palazzo, principal at Panther Valley Elementary School in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania, boldly decided to bring change. He turned to 95 Percent Group and let the science of reading lead the way. Join us to hear his school's journey to successfully applying aligned instruction to improve student outcomes. Learn more in this Success Story Insight.

MicrosoftTeams-image (4)-2Amy Coleman, MEd, Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Chief Academic Officer, Bristol Township School District will share her leadership experience in creating and implementing comprehensive, MTSS processes to support explicit and systematic instruction across all tiers.

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Connecting Research to Practice 

Jill RobbinsJill Robbins, Regional Account Executive, 95 Percent Group | PA, NJ 



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

Bringing it All Together

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

Panelists include:

  • Amy Coleman, M.Ed., Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Chief Academic Officer, Bristol Township School District, PA  
  • Pam Kastner, EdD, Literacy Statewide Lead, PaTTAN
  • The Honorable Katie Muth, Pennsylvania State Senator
  • Robert Palazzo, Principal, Panther Valley School District
  • Rob Freil, EdD, Assistant Superintendent, South Western School District
  • Brian Cromer, EdD, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, South Western School District
  • Maria Toglia, EdD, Director of Capacity Building, IDA Pennsylvania Decoding Dyslexia PA

“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