Joan Kelley will present insights into growing strong readers on February 7, 2018
Sausalito, CA – Literacy skills are critical to a child’s success in school and life, but many children don’t reach their full reading potential. On Wednesday, February 7, researcher Joan Kelley will discuss this topic during a free talk at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM).
Kelley’s talk, titled Growing Strong Readers: What the Science Tells Us and How We Can Help, explores what it takes for a child to become a successful reader, and what parents can do to support that goal. Kelley draws on her more than 10 years of experience conducting reading research, as well as her work helping educators understand and implement research-based reading instruction in classrooms.
While parents want their children to become strong readers, Kelley thinks that parents are not given the information they need to make that happen. Children start to develop reading-related skills from birth. Kelley and her partner in this work, Professor Nonie Lesaux of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, believe that growth in this area should be measured, monitored, and tracked over time, just as parents would measure their child’s height or weight.
In her free talk at BADM, Kelley will share tips for how parents can become more aware of their children’s progress towards strong reading, how they can more easily help them reach their full potential, and how they can more productively work with their children’s educators. At the end of the evening, Kelley will open up the discussion to the audience, and answer parent questions.
Kelley will present Growing Strong Readers: What the Science Tells Us and How We Can Help at the Bay Area Discovery Museum on Wednesday, February 7, from 6-7 p.m. This event is free and open to all. For more information and to register, please click here.
About Joan Kelley
Kelley is a graduate of Harvard College (’84) and began her career as a classroom teacher. In 2005 she received her Master’s of Education, and then spent over a decade helping educators understand and implement research-based reading instruction in classrooms. In 2017, she co-founded the Parent Uptake Project, which provides parents with the information, tools, and resources they need to learn more about developing their children’s reading skills today, and to track progress in the future. For more information on Joan Kelley and her work on growing strong readers, please visit PUPReading.com
About the Bay Area Discovery Museum
The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a children’s museum in Sausalito that applies the latest research to develop early learning experiences that inspire and build creative problem solving skills in children, transforming the way they learn and the way they contribute to the world. As an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the museum provides STEM-focused, inquiry-driven experiences that develop creativity and conceptual thinking, critical components of problem solving.