Using Research to Accelerate Decoding and Letter Instruction

Using Research to Accelerate Decoding and Letter Instruction

Oct 13, 2021

The pandemic, virtual and hybrid instruction, and the complexities of distanced, masked phonics instruction have produced a need to reimagine early literacy instruction.

In this ILA Webinar, Heidi Anne Mesmer, author of Letter Lessons and First Words: Phonics Foundations That Work, will highlight specific techniques that can be used to accelerate foundational skills instruction. Participants will learn which patterns to prioritize, which activities are both engaging and effective, and what time-consuming activities to avoid.

Registration: $24.00

Registration gives you access to both the live event and the event recording, which will be available to you through April 13, 2022.


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ILA Digital Events fees are nonrefundable. ILA reserves the right to make presenter substitutions if necessary due to extenuating circumstances.


Package Dates Price
Using Research to Accelerate Decoding and Letter Instruction - Event Oct 13, 2021 $24.00
Rethinking Writing Instruction

Rethinking Writing Instruction

Nov 3, 2021 - Nov 4, 2021

Good writers aren’t born; they’re taught—yet many children don’t receive the kind of instruction needed to fully develop this complex skill.

Creating and implementing a high-quality, evidence-based writing program will improve student outcomes. But what does such a program look like? What are the key elements that will help a learner flourish and grow from a beginning writer into a proficient one?

These two ILA Intensives—both hosted by Steve Graham, 2021 recipient of the ILA William S. Gray Citation of Merit—aim to challenge assumptions about what makes for good writing instruction and equip educators with the tools they need to implement effective and engaging classroom writing practices.


Building a Better Foundation for Writing | Ages 4–8 (Pre-K–Grade 2)
Wednesday, November 3, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

Too often, young learners are not given the proper time, frequency, and explicit instruction needed to develop as writers. As such, many aren’t acquiring the skills critical to their future success.

This ILA Intensive offers new and evolving perspectives on emergent and elementary writing instruction, with experts covering topics such as scaffolding, genre instruction, and composition. Host Steve Graham will share a global basic framework for writing instruction, and speakers will guide participants toward understanding what works, what doesn’t, and why.

Speakers include:
• Steve Graham (Host)
• Deborah Wells Rowe (Keynote)
• Sonia Cabell (Featured)
• Stefanie B. Copp (Featured)
• Zoi A. Traga Philippakos (Featured)
• Margaret F. Quinn (Featured)
• Gustaf B. Skar (Featured)

Registration: $99.00

Registration gives you access to both the live event and the event recording, which will be available to you through May 4, 2022.


Thank You To Our Event Sponsor

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Advancing Writing Instruction | Ages 9–12 (Grades 3–6)
Thursday, November 4, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

As students mature, their instructional needs become more complex—and so must the programs that support their growth as writers.

This ILA Intensive focuses on strategies aligned with writing to learn. Host Steve Graham will share a framework for writing instruction that connects research and application. Scholars from across the globe will lead sessions on sentence combining, persuasive writing, strategy instruction, and peer-assisted writing and revising. Participants will gain practical ideas to help them guide students toward independence, creativity, and critical thought.

Speakers include:

• Steve Graham (Host)
• Karen R. Harris (Keynote)
• Fien De Smedt (Featured)
• Teresa Limpo (Featured)
• Tanya Santangelo (Featured)
• Kausalai Wijekumar (Featured)

Registration: $99.00

Registration gives you access to both the live event and the event recording, which will be available to you through May 4, 2022.


Thank You to Our Event Sponsor

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You can register for a single day or expand your learning and choose both days during the registration process to get the combo price of $169 (best value!). Those interested in registering groups or school-based teams of five or more should contact customerservice@reading.org.

ILA Digital Events fees are nonrefundable. ILA reserves the right to make presenter substitutions if necessary due to extenuating circumstances.

Package Dates Price
Best Value! Building a Better Foundation for Writing + Advancing Writing Instruction Nov 3, 2021 - Nov 4, 2021 $169.00
Building a Better Foundation for Writing, Ages 4–8 Nov 3, 2021 $99.00
Advancing Writing Instruction, Ages 9–12 Nov 4, 2021 $99.00