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Wasatch Reading Summit – Applying the Science of Reading in the Classroom

October 26, 2023 @ 8:30 am - October 27, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

The Wasatch Reading Summit is a conference for education professionals and community members to share information on applying the Science of Reading in the classroom.

It is estimated that 1 in 5 students have a reading disability, and approximately 40% of students are below proficient reading level in Utah. Teachers can benefit from the professional learning and mentoring from experienced researchers and classroom teachers at this conference to find evidence-based instruction that will enhance their capability.


Keynote Addresses:

Dr. Julia B. Linsey “Putting the Science of Reading into Practice”,

Lisa Klein, M. ED. “Weaving the Writing Rope Through Content Areas”

Dr. Kay Wijekumar “Transforming Reading for All Our Children.”


Breakout sessions include:

Christy Austin: Dyslexia 101 & the Science of Reading

Lindsay Kemeny (Classroom Teacher, Reading Horizons, Local Author) A class-wide reading intervention that works and 7 Mighty Moves

Jennifer Throndson (USBE): Designing an Effective Literacy Block

Amy Sandgren (Canyons SD): Using the Science of Reading in the MTSS system.

Stacy Hurst (SUU): Dialogic Reading

Kathy Tenney (CALT Instructor): Building Blocks for Spelling and Phonemic Awareness

Breda O’Keefe (UofU): An Overview of 504s and IEPs for Students with Learning Disabilities

Naomi Watkins & Krista Hotelling (USBE): Using Utah’s New P-12 ELA Standards to Support the Science of Reading

Donelle Pons (Reading Horizons): Accommodations and modifications/interventions

Barbara Wirostko (UofU and MD), motivational speaker

Bora Lee (USU): Assistive technology

Ivy Beecher, Kaylee Miller, Michael Atkinson – Dyslexia: Dyslexia in schools and how I succeeded: Three Utah Seniors with dyslexia share their stories.

Ashley Lennox (Canyons SD): Math Jileen Mortensen, Isabelle Cahoon, Harmony Langford (teachers and literacy coaches)– SOR in the classroom presented by teachers/literacy coaches who are using it effectively

Lunch is included for all in-person attendees.




October 26, 2023 @ 8:30 am
October 27, 2023 @ 5:00 pm


Miller Conference Center
9750 S 300 W
Sandy, UT 84070 United States


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