Virtual Summit

January 29, 2021

Equity for Early Readers is a free virtual summit for teachers, parents/caretakers, and district and state education leaders focused on tools and resources for equity-focused, science-based reading instruction.

The Equity for Early Readers summit took place on January 29th, 2021. The recordings of the sessions are below, along with information about each session. If you’d like more information about future opportunities, please sign up for our newsletter or email


Keynote Speaker: Sonya Thomas, Co-Founder and Executive Director of PROPEL

Opening Remarks: Ethan Mitnick, SchoolKit President

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Bridging Home and School: A Parent and Educator Panel

Presenter: Nashville Parents and Educators

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Advancing Early Literacy in Mississippi

Presenter: Nathan Oakley, Mississippi Department of Education

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Engaging Our Youngest Learners: Making Remote K-2 Literacy Sing!

Presenter: Christina Riley, EL Education

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Empowering Parents to Promote Children’s Reading Success

Presenter: Keo Chea-Young, Springboard Collaborative

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Providing Foundational Skills Materials for All Tennessee Children

Presenter: Lisa Coons, Tennessee Department of Education

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The ABCs of Background Knowledge

Presenter: Marion McBride, The Barksdale Reading Institute

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Teaching reading in Spanish: Lessons and resources from Puerto Rico

Presenter: Eva Villalón & Enery Lopez Navarrete, Flamboyan Foundation

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Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning for Early Literacy Success

Presenter: Alice Wiggins, UnboundEd

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Accelerating What Matters Most for Early Reading

Presenters: Carey Swanson, Tori Filler, and Crystal Graham, Student Achievement Partners

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Knowing and Doing Better—Concrete Actions for School Leaders to Address Early Literacy

Presenters: Tara Warrington and Liz Ulles, Meeting Street Schools

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The Science of Reading in Action

Presenters: SchoolKit

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Early Readers: Transforming the Instructional Core

Presenter: Katie Shuman, CenterPoint Education Solutions

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High Quality Instructional Materials as a Lever for Equity in Early Reading

Presenter: Stephanie Stephens, EdReports

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Establishing Empathy by Selecting Culturally Responsive Books for Underserved Students

Presenters: Dr. Julie Washington and Penn Pritchard, AIM Institute for Learning and Research

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What Do Elementary Teachers Learn About Early Reading? A Window into the Current State of Teacher Preparation

Presenters: Laura Pomerance and Shannon Holston, National Council on Teacher Quality

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