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It All Starts With Data: 

Charting Your Course With the Science of Reading

Recorded Feb. 5–9, 2024


Register to watch the recording of our webinar series. This event took place Feb. 5–9, 2024.

Set sail with us for our first-ever virtual Literacy Data Takeover Week, Feb. 5–9, 2024! It All Starts With Data: Charting Your Course With the Science of Reading will offer you five consecutive days of FREE one-hour webinars focused on the evidence-based stages of a Science of Reading implementation and the critical role data will play throughout your Science of Reading journey.

By joining our Literacy Data Takeover Week, you’ll have the opportunity to earn up to six hours of FREE professional development focused on data, assessment, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), and literacy change management. 

These webinars will be recorded and will be available for on-demand access anytime. All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance. 

On-demand webinars

Why the Mississippi Miracle Wasn’t a Miracle: The Science, Data, and Change That Led to Literacy Transformation

Recorded on Feb. 5

Educators, parents, and policymakers alike have called it a miracle: Mississippi went from being ranked the second-lowest state in 2013 for fourth-grade reading to 21st in 2022. But Kymyona Burk, Ph.D., senior policy fellow at ExcelinEd, knows it wasn't magic that led to such a dramatic improvement in reading scores. Join Burk as she explores why Mississippi embraced the Science of Reading to drive literacy transformation in her home state, how they managed the shift across many districts, and the critical role data played in securing lasting student success. 


Susan Lambert

Chief Academic Officer, Elementary Humanities
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Kymyona Burk, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Fellow, ExcelinEd

What Does Data Tell Us? Building Buy-in and Determining Areas of Need with Data 

Recorded on Feb. 6

When it comes to Science of Reading success, the proof is in the data. Benchmark data, progress monitoring data, implementation data, usage data: All of it can paint a clear picture of where your students and staff are, where they need to go, and how a shift to the Science of Reading can get them there. Hear from Danielle Damico, Executive Director of Learning Science at Amplify, about the story that data tells, how to use it to build buy-in, and the kind of data you should be collecting to ensure a successful implementation. 

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Danielle Damico, Ph.D.

Director of Learning Science, Amplify

Starting Your Science of Reading Shift With Screening: How to Use Assessment Data as a Building Block of MTSS

Recorded on Feb. 7

Why is universal screening such a critical component of the Science of Reading? Join Sarah McCarty, director of literacy strategy and operations, as she dives into how assessment can be the driver for navigating and sustaining change management that aligns to a Multi-Tiered System of Supports in your district.

Sarah McCarty

Sarah McCarty

Director of Literacy Strategy and Operations, Amplify

Differentiating With the Science of Reading: Doing Away With Leveled Readers

Recorded on Feb. 8

Differentiation is a critical component of classroom instruction that tailors learning experiences for each student. When it comes to literacy instruction and differentiation, the Science of Reading tells us leveled readers may actually hinder growth and widen achievement gaps. Join Tim Shanahan, Ph.D.,  Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, as he discusses why to make the shift away from leveled reading, shares what effective evidence-based differentiation looks like, and details strategies to help analyze data and meet the needs of every reader in your classroom.


Tim Shanahan, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Differentiating With the Science of Reading: Supporting Multilingual/English Learners

Recorded on Feb. 8

Bilingualism is a cognitive strength, but it isn’t always treated as such in the classroom. Decades of research have resulted in instructional guidance, tips, and strategies that can ensure multilingual/English learners are successful both in their schooling and after they graduate. Join us to learn how you can apply these findings to support the literacy development of your multilingual/English learners and empower students with knowledge and language skills.


Alestra Flores Menéndez

Senior Biliteracy Specialist, Amplify

Kajal Patel Below

Vice President, Biliteracy, Amplify

Beyond K–2: Data for the Upper Elementary and Middle School Grades

Recorded on Feb. 9

Building literacy doesn't stop on the last day of second grade. So how can we ensure students continue building on their literacy in the critical upper elementary and middle grades? The answer is data. The University of Oregon's Gina Biancarosa, Ed.D., will share why assessment remains so important for upper elementary, what data is most helpful for educators, and how to use that data to help students achieve their potential and continue their journey with the Science of Reading.


Gina Biancarosa, Ed.D.

Professor, Special Education, University of Oregon
Available on demand
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