Supporting Students with Reading Disabilities: Toward Equity and Access

Join Boston University Wheelock College Education & Human Development for the 2023 BU Wheelock Forum. This year’s forum will explore the topic Supporting Students with Reading Disabilities: Toward Equity and Access.

We will examine current trends in reading achievement for children with reading disabilities—including dyslexia—and explore why national reading assessment performance dipped during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll also focus on what we as researchers, translational scientists, policymakers, practitioners, community members, and alumni are doing and can do to address these alarming trends.

Connect with BU Wheelock faculty researchers, as well as state and national leaders in reading disabilities, as we chart a course toward improved reading achievement through the science of reading, translational science, and evidence-informed policymaking.

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2023 Forum Agenda

All are welcome to join us for one or both days of the Forum.

Day 1: Thursday, March 30, 6–9 pm (ET)

The evening centers around a talk and panel discussion featuring Emily Hanford, senior correspondent & producer, American Public Media. Reception to follow.

Day 2: Friday, March 31, 8:30 am–3:30 pm (ET)

A keynote presentation by Tracy White Weeden, president & CEO, Neuhaus Education Center, kicks off a full day of dynamic speakers and panel discussions.

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Featured Presentation

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“How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong”

Emily Hanford, Senior Correspondent and Producer, American Public Media

Thursday, March 30, 6 pm
Tsai Perfomance Center

Join us for a special event on Day 1 of the Forum. For the past five years, journalist Emily Hanford has been reporting on how children learn to read. She will explore how she became interested in early reading instruction and discuss key insights from scientific research.

A panel discussion and reception will follow this event. To learn more about this event and the rest of the Forum, check out our agenda.

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