Navigating Science of Reading Legislation & Transforming Literacy Initiatives

Type: Webinar Recording
Topics: Curriculum & Assessment

August 03, 2023

Navigating Science of Reading Legislation and Transforming Literacy Initiatives webinar
Research has proven that adopting a Science of Reading approach is the most effective way to ensure students receive high-quality instruction in phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. However, there is a complex gap between theory and action. Knowing what to do is one thing, but assembling and aligning the puzzle pieces required to transform reading instruction at-scale is arguably one of the most important leadership challenges of our time. 

Join this session to learn how advances in intelligent adaptive learning help you move from theory to action. See firsthand turnkey strategies for high-quality personalized instruction and practice directly aligned to what works - The Science of Reading.

Attendees will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Science of Reading legislation and its implications for your district.  
  • Discover best practices for selecting evidence-based reading solutions that align with the new legislation.
  • Learn strategies to support and sustain Science of Reading initiatives in your schools.
  • Explore methods for fostering teacher buy-in and providing effective professional development opportunities.
  • Develop a roadmap to transform your district's literacy programs and promote student success through the Science of Reading.


Dr. Jeffrey James
Iredell-Statesville Schools

After 22 years in the private sector, Dr. Jeff James began his educational career with Iredell-Statesville Schools in 2002 as a special education teacher at Statesville High School and then a business technology instructor at Lake Norman High School. Dr. James became a school administrator first by serving as an assistant principal at South Iredell High School and then as the principal at Troutman Middle School. After many years as an Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction/Federal Programs/Grants/NC Pre-K for Montgomery County Schools, he served as Superintendent of Stanly County Schools. He returned to Iredell-Statesville Schools as Superintendent in 2020. 

Kim Wooden

Principal Product Marketing Manager and Superintendent
Clark County Schools

Kim Wooden is Principal Product Marketing Manager at DreamBox with a focus on literacy. As the former Deputy Superintendent of the Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV, she is a passionate and committed educator who has addressed the many outstanding issues related to providing full educational opportunities to students. She has extensive experience working with the community, school board, and school leaders. Following her career in the District, she has served as a university adjunct professor, the director of a social and emotional learning program and consultant before joining us at DreamBox. 

Dr. Kristin Gehsmann, Ed.D.
The Virginia Tech School of Education

Dr. Gehsmann is a nationally recognized expert in literacy development, instruction, assessment and intervention. She holds degrees in elementary education, early childhood education, and educational leadership and policy studies. As a former elementary school teacher and statewide early literacy improvement specialist, Dr. Gehsmann’s research aims to improve literacy outcomes for preK-12 students, particularly from underserved communities. In her current role as Director of the Virginia Tech School of Education, Dr. Gehsmann was named by Virginia Business Magazine as “100 People to Meet in 2021”.