“Our Misguided Attempts to Teach Reading: What We Learned (and Unlearned)”

April 24, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
30 - 40
IDA NorCal

IDA NorCal is thrilled to host this 3-hour Workshop by two respected Bay Area leaders in reading instruction and research. This workshop will deepen participants’ understanding of fluency and the science of reading and will cover the following content:

  • contrast the MSV model of instruction (common in Balanced Literacy materials) with the Four-Part Processing Model (aligned with the science of reading)
  • unpack the shifts necessary to transition from Balanced Literacy to evidence based instruction
  • explore reading fluency; how its acquired, taught, and assessed

Presented by:

Margaret Goldberg currently teaches first grade in a Title 1 school in Oakland, California. She previously served the district in a variety of roles including Early Literacy Lead, site-based literacy coach, and reading interventionist. Her work leading a grant-funded project to align reading instruction with reading research was featured in the APM Reports documentary At a Loss for Words. She is the co-founder of The Right to Read Project, a group of teachers, researchers, and activists committed to the pursuit of equity through literacy. Her writing is published on The Right to Read Project blog and on Reading Rockets.



Lani Mednick is currently the Assistant Principal of Instruction at Ascend, a TK-8th grade Title 1 school in Oakland, California. She was previously a teacher of students in TK-6th, a reading interventionist, and an Early Literacy Lead of a grant-funded Early Literacy Cohort in Oakland Unified (with Margaret). She has supported district leads, principals, coaches, teachers and tutors in systematically bringing reading research to practice in classrooms – keeping student outcomes at the center. She joined The Right to Read Project because she firmly believes that learning to read is a civil right and works to give as many students equitable access to this right. You can hear her in podcasts, such as the APM Reports documentary At a Loss for Words and Amplify’s Science of Reading Podcast.



IDA NorCal Members:  $30
Non Members: $40
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Who should attend this workshop:

  • General Education / Special Education Teachers
  • Literacy Specialists / Coaches
  • Administrators
  • Teaching Credentialing Candidates
  • Parents / Caregivers