Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM CDT
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International Dyslexia Association, Upper Midwest Branch 

2021 Members of the Higher Education Literacy Partnership of Minnesota (HELP)

  • Shelly Bayer, EdD, South Dakota State University
  • Rachel Berger, Decoding Dyslexia Minnesota
  • Eva Boehm, MA, University of Minnesota
  • Sarah Carlson-Wallrath, International Dyslexia Assn
  • Mary Dosch, PhD, MN State University Moorhead
  • Erin Gillett, PhD, MN State University Moorhead
  • Marci Glessner, PhD, MN State University Moorhead
  • Lyn Hanselmann, Decoding Dyslexia Minnesota
  • Lori Helman, PhD, University of Minnesota
  • Lisa Krall, PhD, Bemidji State University
  • David Parker, PhD Reading Corps
  • Abbey Payeur, (EdD, expected 2021), Bethel University
  • Debra Peterson, PhD, University of Minnesota
  • Michelle Sandler, MEd, PELSB
  • Joan Sax-Bendix, EdD, WInona State University
  • Amy Schulting, PhD, Minnesota Department of Education
  • Christine Stern, June Stern Family Foundation
  • Leo Stern, June Stern Family Foundation
  • Susan Thomson, Reading Corps




"Markers of Quality in Tier I Literacy Instruction in the Primary Grades"

WEBINAR with Dr. Nell K. Duke

About the Speaker: Dr. Nell K. Duke

A 2021 HELP Distinguished Scholar, Dr. Nell K. Duke is a professor in literacy, language, and culture in the School of Education and also in the combined program in education and psychology at the University of Michigan. Her work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in economic poverty. She has served as Co-Principal Investigator of projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the George Lucas Educational Foundation, and other organizations. In 2018 Duke received the International Literacy Association’s William S. Gray Citation of Merit for outstanding contributions to research, theory, practice, and policy.

Effective Methods of Literacy Instruction in Tier I

High-quality Tier I literacy instruction is crucial to well-functioning literacy education. We cannot fully compensate for poor-quality Tier I instruction through Tier II and Tier III intervention. In this presentation, Duke will identify some markers of high-quality Tier I literacy instruction, discuss some common missteps, and include examples of how education stakeholders beyond classroom teachers can also positively impact the quality of literacy instruction in Tier I.

For more information about Duke’s work, see nellkduke.org and follow her on Twitter: @nellkduke. Click the link below to see a recent article,  "Phonics Faux Pas," co-authored with Heidi Anne E. Mesmer, on the American Federation of Teachers website.

Download the article, "Phonics Faux Pas" from the AFT website here


Event Details

Where: This is a FREE online event.

When: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 4-5pm.

The event will be recorded and available online after.

No continuing education credits will be issued.

What is the Higher Education Literacy Partnership?

Launched in 2012, HELP is a volunteer planning committee and supported by the enthusiasm and generosity of the following organizational partners: Minnesota Academy of Reading/Minnesota Reading Association; University of Minnesota Center for Reading Research; Minnesota Department of Education; Minnesota Reading Corps/Serve Minnesota; International Dyslexia Association, Upper Midwest Branch; Decoding Dyslexia Minnesota; Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB); and The June Stern Family Foundation for Children with Dyslexia.

HELP's mission is to improve the reading and writing proficiencies of all Minnesota students, including those with dyslexia and other reading difficulties.

You can visit HELP's website here.