May 10, 2018 Live Event
6:00 PM18:00

May 10, 2018 Live Event

The topic of this talk by Dr. Richard Sparks is The Simple View of Reading and its Implications for Reading Instruction.

At previous live events, The Reading League has introduced the Simple View of Reading, a model of reading comprehension showing that two things are required to comprehend written text: word decoding and language comprehension. Beginning readers comprehend spoken language, and we know that the primary task in teaching reading is mapping print onto spoken language...but did you know that there are four different kinds of readers who manifest difficulties in either decoding and/or language comprehension? In this session, Dr. Sparks will provide an in-depth discussion of the Simple View - helping you to distinguish these readers, understand the implications for our instruction, and....

....the application for second language learners!

This live event is perfect for all educators: classroom teachers at all levels, ENL teachers, foreign language teachers, special educators, administrators, school psychologists, and more!

For this event please plan on arriving a few minutes earlier than normal if you'd like to buy something to eat from the food truck that will be happily providing a quick bite to eat...if you have a few dollars left, you can use them to buy a raffle ticket and support The Reading League's ability to provide high quality, teacher-requested professional development free of charge.

As with all live Reading League events, 2.5 hours of CTLE credit will be provided. This event will qualify under NYSED's English Language Learner category.

PLEASE - PLEASE only register for this event if you are certain you can attend. "No shows" result in lost chances for those who would like to have attended as well as expenses and lost volunteer time in planning, printing, toner, etc. Space is always limited, so if you register and become unable to attend, please let us know at least a few days in advance. Thank you.

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SAVE THE DATE! 2018 Reading League Second Annual Conference!
to Oct 30

SAVE THE DATE! 2018 Reading League Second Annual Conference!

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The Reading League’s 2nd Annual Conference
Registration Opening Early May

Join The Reading League’s 2nd Annual Conference to be held on Tuesday, October 30 with pre-conference professional development workshops on Monday, October 29 in the late afternoon/evening. This conference is for anyone who wants to learn more about highly-effective, research-based reading instruction: classroom teachers, administrators, reading specialists, ENL teachers, those in special education, parents, researchers and any others. The conference will be held at the historic Marriott Downtown Syracuse, the former Hotel Syracuse – recently renovated into a premiere hotel and conference center.  Following Tuesday’s conference, you are invited to attend a Reading Reception with colleagues, members of The Reading League, and conference presenters in the Marriott’s 10 th floor Empire Small Ballroom—special company in a special location!

Conference THEME: “Advancing Evidence Into Practice: Effective Reading Instruction Begins With Us!”


KEYNOTE Speaker: Dr. Louisa Moats

Dr. Louisa Moats has dedicated much of her work to empowering educators with the knowledge to teach reading effectively.  She authored the LETRS professional development series and multiple books and papers such as Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers, Straight Talk about Reading, and Basic Facts about Dyslexia.  Dr. Moats has served as Vice President of the International Dyslexia Association and editor of Scientific Studies of Reading and Annals of Dyslexia. 

To be placed on a list to be personally notified when registration goes live, please email Dr. Michelle Storie, Conference Chair, at Provide your first and last name, email, title, and professional affiliation (district, college, parent). This conference will sell out.

General questions about the conference can be sent to See you there!

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