Literacy Equity: Dogmas, Myths, and The Truth About Reading

Thu Apr 25 2024 at 01:00 pm to 03:30 pm

New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building | New York

The New York Public Library
Publisher/HostThe New York Public Library
Join us for a screening of “The Truth About Reading,” a documentary film that closely examines the state of literacy in America.
About this Event

Join The New York Public Library's Center for Educators and Schools for a special screening of The Truth About Reading (2023). This powerful documentary explores the current state of literacy across the nation, shedding light on challenges and opportunities for parents, teachers and students.
Following the screening, we will be joined by two experts at the forefront of literacy intervention in New York—Laura Ascenzi-Moreno, PhD, and Molly Ness, PhD. Explore their areas of expertise, innovative strategies, and experiences tackling literacy issues in our community during this discussion
Laura Ascenzi-Moreno, PhD, is a professor and bilingual program coordinator in the Childhood, Bilingual, and Special Education Department at Brooklyn College. Her work focuses on understanding the connection between ideologies and practice and, in particular, examining how monolingual spaces within literacy instruction—such as assessment, guided reading, and the use of mentor texts—can be centered on emergent bilinguals’ multilingual and multimodal practices.

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Molly Ness, PhD, is a literacy expert and advocate with expertise in various classroom environments—from elementary school all the way up through university. She has also served on national and local literacy advisory councils. Dr. Ness is a champion for the importance of brain-based reading instruction and is dedicated to improving literacy outcomes for students of all backgrounds.

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The screening will take place in the Celeste Auditorium located in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

Eligible NY state teachers will receive 2.5 hours of CTLE credit for their participation.

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New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 5th Avenue, New York, United States


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