2020 Symposia Series on Early Literacy Policies

Legislative Council Staff

Katie Bender-Olson

Emily Hicks

Hearing Notices


  • The Symposia Series on Early Literacy Policies will present information on how children learn to read, focusing on the research done by cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists, teacher preparation professionals, and early childhood developmental researchers. The symposia will provide background on both the neuroscience behind how the brain learns to read and the classroom research which indicates best practices for teaching children to read. The symposia will also examine the importance of teacher preparation, culturally relevant pedagogy, and the earliest stages of literacy from birth to age 3. Finally, the symposia will review early literacy policy initiatives and legislation trends throughout the country.

Week 1 - An Overview of Research Surrounding Early Literacy August 5, 2020 2:00 p.m. [ Notice ]

Week 2 - How the Brain Learns to Read August 12, 2020 2:00 p.m. [ Notice ]

Week 3 - Teacher Preparation, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, and Early Literacy August 19, 2020 2:00 p.m. [ Notice ]

Week 4 - Early Literacy Birth to Age 3 August 26, 2020 2:00 p.m.

Week 5 - Survey of Early Literacy Policy Initiatives in Other States September 2, 2020 2:00 p.m.