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Join us for an interactive deep dive into the science of reading in Nashville, TN

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 Nashville 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.SRSTN.20240227 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:

Rebecca Hughes, Regional Account Executive rhughes@95percentgroup.com | 847.496.9242

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 27, 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 28, 2024  

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Mary Dahlgren (cory)

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

Mary Dahlgren, EdD, Founder Tools 4 Reading and Literacy Executive in Residence, 95 Percent Group 

The Science of Reading: Moving Away from Ambiguity to Real Classroom Practices 
Has the term science of reading taken on a life of its own, meaning different things to different people? To some, the term is associated with findings anchored around the tenets of scientific research while to others, the science of reading summons a reductionist view of the world of reading.
This session will address the findings that should be uncontroversial and the practices and knowledge base, including the components of reading and writing, that a teacher can immediately put into classroom use.

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

Applying Reading Science Across All Instructional Tiers

Amy Patton Liberty ElementaryDuring this presentation, Amy Patton, Principal, will be joined by Pam Fahey, Literacy Coach, and Mika Haunreiter, 3rd Grade Teacher, all with Liberty Elementary School, Franklin, TN, to present their school's plan and reading science implementation to create confident, proficient readers.

Implementing Literacy Instruction with Fidelity to Improve Student Outcomes

LauraSandrellNext, Laura Sandrell, Assistant Principal,  will be joined by Jessy Hay, Title 1 Facilitator, and Stephanie Baxter, Title 1, Mt Pleasant Elementary School, Mt Pleasant, TN, to share how maintaining instructional fidelity improves student outcomes. 

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

Rebecca Hughes_HeadshotRebecca Hughes, MEd, Regional Account Executive, 95 Percent Group 


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 TN classrooms. Learn how these leaders created environments for change in their districts and schools.

Panelists include:

  • Mary Dahlgren, EdD, Founder Tools 4 Reading and Literacy Executive in Residence, 95 Percent Group
  • Laura Sandrell, Assistant Principal, Mt. Pleasant Elementary School 
  • Amy Patton, Principal, Liberty Elementary
  • Kayla Fraley, District RTI Curriculum Specialist, Williamson County, 
  • Kelly McCormick, K-5 RTI Curriculum Specialist, Williamson County
  • Elizabeth Davis, Supervisor of Extended Learning, Rutherford
  • Ashli Lamons, District RTI Specialist, Rutherford
  • Amy Gullion, Elementary Supervisor, Wilson County
  • Mark Gullion: Rutherford Director, Special Populations and Federal Programs, Rutherford