Type: Public event

Bringing the actual science of reading to policy and practice


Karin Chenoweth, The Education Trust; Nell Duke, University of Michigan-School of Education; Paul Liabenow, Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA); Pamela Mason, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Date & time

Nov 19, 2020, 2:30-4:00 pm EST


This is a Virtual Event.

Free and open to the public.

Watch this event on YouTube here.

The science of reading has recently been a hot topic in education policy and practice.  What does it mean for students and teachers in classrooms? What can it mean for moving the needle on literacy instruction nationwide? Come learn from four stakeholders renowned for their experience and expertise in improving children's literacy; two professors of education, an education reporter, and the head of one of Michigan's school administrator associations.

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About the panelists

Karin Chenoweth is writer-in-residence at The Education Trust, a national education advocacy organization that works to improve the academic achievement of all children, particularly children of color and children who live in poverty. She is the author of several books published by Harvard Education Press, including the forthcoming Districts that Succeed: Breaking the correlation between race, poverty, and achievement (spring, 2021).  She is also the creator of the ExtraOrdinary Districts podcast and its pandemic spinoff, ExtraOrdinary Districts in Extraordinary Times.  A long-time education writer, she wrote a weekly column on schools and education for The Washington Post for five years.

Nell K. Duke, Ed.D., is a professor in literacy, language, and culture and also in the combined program in education and psychology at the University of Michigan. Duke’s work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in economic poverty. In 2018 Duke received the International Literacy Association's William S. Gray Citation of Merit for outstanding contributions to research, theory, practice, and policy. Among other roles, she currently serves as advisor for the Public Broadcasting Service/Corporation for Public Broadcasting Ready to Learn initiative and an advisor to the Council of Chief State School Officers Early Literacy Networked Improvement Community. Her Twitter handle is @nellkduke

Paul Liabenow has spent 38 years in education, serving Michigan’s youth. With degrees from Michigan State University and Central Michigan University, Paul first worked in Cadillac Area Public Schools where he started as a teacher and went on to become a building leader, principal and district superintendent. Today, Paul serves as the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals (MEMSPA) - building a community of educators who advocate, lead, and learn together. He also serves as Treasurer of Michigan Association of After School Partnerships, President of The Center for Education Improvement, and Board Member of the Michigan Assessment Consortium. Paul is co-author of Visioning Onward providing guidance for school leaders on the visioning process.  

Pamela A. Mason is director of the Language and Literacy Master's program and the Jeanne Chall Reading Lab and a senior lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her professional and research interests encompass the interaction of text complexity and background knowledge, the interaction of literacy learning, culture, and multilingualism, and school-wide literacy program implementation and evaluation, using qualitative and quantitative measures. She has extensive experience as a reading/language arts curriculum coordinator for several local school districts and as an elementary school principal.