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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. Literacy is one of the most significant social justice and equity issues today.

Through the science of reading research, we have the opportunity to 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.

Symposium Takeaways

All attendees will receive the following:

  • 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.SRSAL.202302 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.

2023 Symposia Series

Our Decatur, AL Science of Reading Symposium is part of our Educator Leadership series. We hope you'll join us at a location near you!

      • Riverside, CA | March 15-16
      • Tacoma, WA | April 25-26
      • Atlanta, GA | June 20-21
Feb 7

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

    • 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 Day 1 with an understanding of the principles of the Science of Reading, practical reading techniques to put into immediate action, and a framework for implementing system-wide change.

Feb 8

Mary Dahlgren 3Keynote Speaker: Mary Dahlgren, Ed.D.

9:00 am - 10:30 am

As the Founder and President of Tools 4 Reading,      Dr. Mary Dahlgren is focused on developing
practical tools and training opportunities to bridge the gap between the science of reading and classroom practice. She brings over 25 years of experience in the field of education, having served as a dyslexia therapist, elementary classroom teacher, international literacy consultant, national LETRS trainer, and author.

Her longstanding interest in early childhood and elementary education has compelled her to spend much of her career working directly with classroom teachers to embrace the science behind reading. 


Ken Kirby_HeadshotKen Kirby

10:45 am-12:00 pm

MTSS Success Story: Implementing Science of Reading Aligned Instructional Practices in Today's Classroom


During this session, Ken Kirby, School Improvement Specialist with Marshall County Schools in Guntersville, AL, will share how he works  with district administrators and literacy coaches to implement Science of Reading aligned instructional practices to improve student outcomes.  This ongoing journey includes the following:

    • Initiating a professional learning book study where leaders were able to closely examine current MTSS practices
    • Identifying critical needs to improve site-based processes  
    • Providing high-quality instructional materials and professional development to impact reading achievement and sustain MTSS initiatives

Headshot-LStewart-NoGlasses-2022-jpgRoundtable Panel Discussion with Literacy Leaders 

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Bringing it All Together

Laura Stewart, Chief Academic Officer, 95 Percent Group, will moderate a discussion about effectively implementing the Science of Reading. Learn how these leaders created environments for change in their districts and schools.

Panelists include:

    • Mary Dahlgren, Ed.D., Founder Tools 4 Reading, National LETRS Trainer & Author
    • Ken Kirby, LEA School Improvement Specialist, Marshall County Schools, AL
    • Michelle Mitchell, Director of Elementary Curriculum, Limestone County Schools, AL
    • Shelley Vail-Smith, President, Brightspot Ed, LLC, and Creator, Alabama Literacy Network
    • Rhonda Hacker, Reading Specialist, Limestone County, AL
    • Sueann Hobbs, Reading Specialist, Limestone County, AL


For more information, contact Jennifer Hampton, Ed. S., Senior Regional Account Executive.     jhampton@95percentgroup.com | 847.499.8228 

 workshops@95percentgroup.com  | 847.499.8200