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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 Reader
  • 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.SRSMA.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 Worcester, MA, 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
Wednesday, Feb 15

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.

Thursday, Feb 16

Margie_GillisKeynote Speaker: Margie Gillis, Ed.D.

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Margie Gillis, Ed.D. is a nationally recognized literacy expert and a Certified Academic Language Therapist who has been teaching children of all ages to read for over 40 years. In 2009, Margie founded Literacy How, Inc. to provide professional development opportunities and coaching for teachers on implementing evidence-based reading practices in the classroom. 

Margie has worked at the policy level through the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE). She was instrumental in Connecticut’s adoption of a universal screening test for K-3 students, implementing the Connecticut Foundations of Reading Test as part of the certification process for pre-service teachers, and for the design and execution of the Connecticut K-3 Literacy Initiative.

Sharon, Diane, StephanieSharon Dunn, Diane Bryson & Stephanie Stollar, Ph.D.

10:45 am-12:00 pm


MTSS Success Story: Embracing Change Against All Odds

Sharon Dunn, former Principal of Loudon Elementary, Panama-Buena Vista USD, and Diane Bryson, former First Grade Teacher/Team Lead, Loudon Elementary, will be joined by Stephanie Stollar, Ph.D., founder of The Reading Science Academy, to share how site-based leaders can guide the implementation process to effectively close skill deficits and improve reading outcomes for all students.

Their personal story will cover the following:

  • How school leaders can empower teachers with a strong foundation in the Science of Reading
  • Keys to motivating staff to embrace evidence-based instructional practices
  • A structure for multi-tiered literacy success

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:

  • Margie Gillis, Ed.D., Nationally Recognized Literacy Expert & Founder of Literacy How
  • Sharon Dunn, former Principal, Loudon Elementary, Panama-Buena Vista USD
  • Stephanie Stollar, Ph.D., founder of The Reading Science Academy
  • Stephanie Grimaldi, Professor Westfield State University, MA
  • Elizabeth Haskell, Director of Curriculum & Assessment, Somerset Public Schools, MA
  • Melissa Andresen, Curriculum & Instruction Lead, Somerset Public Schools, MA
  • Alexa Cabral, Curriculum & Instruction Lead, Somerset Public Schools, MA
  • Kerry Beth Leatherwood, Curriculum & Instruction Lead, Somerset Public Schools, MA


Please contact Stacey Miller, Ph.D., Regional Account Executive for additional information. smiller@95percentgroup.com | 847.499.8229

workshops@95percentgroup.com  | 847.499.8200