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The Reading League Illinois Presents: 2022 Summer Book Study


Session 2: A Night with Natalie Wexler

6 p.m. CST on July 19th.

To conclude your summer book study, you’re invited to an exclusive evening with author Natalie Wexler! Natalie will share insights from her book, The Knowledge Gap, on the power of a content-rich curriculum and answer your questions about teaching, learning, and anything in between.


Natalie Wexler

Natalie Wexler is an education writer and the author of The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System—and How to Fix It. She is also the co-author of The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades, a senior contributor at Forbes.com, and she has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and other publications.

Missed a session? Our recordings are available below. 

Session 1: Let’s Get it Started!

Click here to access the recording.

Join The Reading League Illinois and Susan Lambert, host of Science of Reading; The Podcast, to learn why background knowledge is such a critical - and often overlooked - component of science-based and equitable literacy instruction as an introduction to our summer study on Natalie Wexler's The Knowledge Gap

Susan Lambert

Chief academic officer, Elementary Humanities at Amplify and host of Science of Reading: The Podcast

Susan Lambert's career, including classroom teacher, building administrator and district-level leader, has been focused on creating high quality learning environments using evidence-based practices. 


Anne Brewster

Director of the Springfield Children’s Dyslexia Center and the Board President of The Reading League Illinois

Currently serving as the Director of the Springfield Children’s Dyslexia Center and the Board President of The Reading League Illinois, Anne Brewster has been in education since 2001. In addition to teaching, Anne's passion is working with teachers, empowering them with the confidence that comes with knowing they can teach any child that walks through their door how to read.


Lacey Wright

Founding member of The Reading League

Lacey Wright has worked in education since 2005 as an elementary teacher, reading teacher, and literacy coach in Southern Illinois and loves being able to help students, teachers, and parents work together to improve literacy for our students. She is a founding member of The Reading League Illinois.

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