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Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction

How to bring reading success to all students
Thursday, March 18, 2021;  7:00 - 8:15 pm via Zoom

In any given classroom, at least 20% of students will struggle to learn to read. Identifying why they’re struggling and knowing how to help is no easy task, especially when trying to effectively support all students in the classroom.

Join us to learn what “evidence-based” literacy instruction means and why it’s critical for all students - not just those with learning differences. The presentation will focus on practical topics including: 

  • What reading programs are effective in which situations?
  • What knowledge and skills are needed to teach anyone to read?
  • What can I do now with my students? 

Walk away with easy strategies you can immediately use with individuals, small groups, and whole classes.

Educators from The Neuhaus Education Center, a US-based nonprofit dedicated to reading success and evidence-based professional development for educators, will share the latest research in the area of literacy. 

This talk is designed for educators, but is suitable for all who are looking to gain a better understanding of how reading success can be achieved.

Guest Speakers

Neuhaus Education Center is a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to promoting reading success by providing evidence-based professional learning to educators, information and resources to parents, and direct services to adult learners. 

From Neuhaus Education Center:

Rebecca Tolson, Vice President of Literacy Initiatives for Neuhaus Education Center, has a PhD in Elementary Education from the University of Akron, is a member of the Academic Language Therapy Association at the level of Qualified Instructor and Certified Academic Language Therapist, and is a Certified Dyslexia Therapist through the International Dyslexia Association. Tolson is an adjunct professor for Walsh University, specializing in literacy with a concentration in specific learning disabilities in reading.
Samuel McCollum is the Coordinator of State Partnerships for Neuhaus Education Center.

From Hong Kong:

Rebecca Bush is a certified reading specialist and special needs teacher. She has a B.A. in languages from UC - Berkeley, an M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama, and an M.Ed. in Advanced Literacy from Concordia University of Texas. She is also a member of Neuhaus’ Dyslexia Specialist Preparation Program, having almost completed the requirements to be a Certified Academic Language Therapist and Licensed Dyslexia Therapist. Find out more about Rebecca at

Event Details

Date:     March 18, 2021 (Thursday)
Time:     7:00 - 8:15 pm
Venue:   Virtually via Zoom
Cost:      Member (free); Non-member (HK$100)
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