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eSchool News webinar highlights reading comprehension through online instruction

Panel of ed-tech specialists to discuss best practices for online literary programs

Bethesda, Md. - Oct 06, 2011 - eSchool News will host an upcoming webinar, “Improving Reading Comprehension thru Adaptive On-line Instruction.”

Early reading and comprehension in grades K-5 is crucial. According to the National Center for Learning, four in ten children have literacy problems, and over 40% of our nation’s fourth graders score below basic reading levels (2001).

Join a panel of education experts as they explore how districts across the country are improving reading comprehension scores in grades 3-5, using easy-to-use, adaptive online instruction. The experts will reveal how and why these programs work, drawing from their own experiences with students.

Sponsored by Headsprout, the webinar will take place Wednesday, October 12th at 2:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. PST). The program is expected to last one hour, and registration is free.

What you will learn:

  • How adaptive instruction adjusts to each student
  • Providing the additional instruction each child needs when they need it
  • Why improving reading comprehension can significantly increase student performance across other subject areas by cultivating critical thinking skills
  • How this research-based approach for teaching reading comprehension addresses the key areas of inferential comprehension, literal comprehension, main idea, and vocabulary from context

Webinar speakers include Jim Ferranti, program specialist of San Bernardino City Unified School District, Rachel R. Pioch, program trainer and reading comprehension advocate, and Dr. Marta Leon, director of instructional development at Headsprout.

To register for “Improving Reading Comprehension thru Adaptive On-line Instruction”, visit http://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/872706534.

About eSchool Media
eSchool Media Inc. is a news and information organization delivering print, web, e-mail and video communications to nearly one million K-20 decision makers and influencers throughout North America and around the world. Its information networks provide education-technology content and services for leaders in schools and colleges and help educators successfully use technology and internet to transform education and achieve their educational goals. eSchool News is the flagship publication of eSchool Media Inc., which also includes eCampus News Network, serving higher education exclusively, and eClassroom News, an electronic publication network for teachers and other classroom practitioners.

With more than 280,000 registered members and more than 5 million page views a month, eSchool News Online is the No. 1 website for ed-tech daily news and information for K-20 decision makers.

About Headsprout
Headsprout is an adaptive learning software company that creates reading products that are effective, easy to use, engaging and fun. Headsprout was founded in 1999 and is based out of Seattle, WA. To learn more, visit http://www.headsprout.com.

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