GLR/McGraw-Hill Webinar on Wednesday, November 15

Many children in the U.S. face dim academic and career prospects, as millions going into the fourth grade are unable to read proficiently. Two-thirds of U.S. fourth graders are not proficient readers, according to national reading assessment data. This disturbing statistic is made even worse by the fact that more than four out of every five low-income students miss this critical milestone.

McGraw-Hill Education is partnering with the Campaign for Grade Level Reading (GLR Campaign) to raise awareness for this critical issue. Together, the organizations will host a live webinar addressing issues around the third grade reading gap, including strategies and curriculum ideas for creating a comprehensive third-grade reading proficiency achievement plan to help ensure that students become proficient readers before moving on to fourth grade.

Educational leaders in elementary schools are invited to attend: Achieving Third Grade Reading Proficiency: Essential Strategies for Meeting the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 15 beginning at 2:00 pm Eastern and 11:00 am Pacific.

Registration is available through November 15 at:

The webinar will be presented by education experts Barbara O’Brien from the GLR Campaign, which is funded in part by the Annie Casey Foundation, together with Mary Eisele from McGraw-Hill Education’s Intervention and Acceleration group. A goal of the GLR Campaign is that by 2020, a dozen states or more will increase by at least 100% the number of low-income children reading proficiently at the end of third grade. Supporting that, McGraw-Hill Education is a leading provider of English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum programs and resources—including Reading Mastery, Open Court Reading, and SRA FLEX Literacy—that empower teachers to enrich, remediate, and accelerate ELA and literacy skills.

Join this webinar to find out more about the challenges of the third grade reading gate, and how states are holding districts accountable. Discover potential solutions for addressing the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, including recommended actions and curriculum solutions. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask Barbara and Mary questions around addressing the third grade reading gap. All attendees will receive a link to the on-demand webinar, as well as valuable articles from The Campaign for Grade Level Reading and McGraw-Hill Education.

Reading proficiency by the third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. It’s a key to gaining achievement in the new knowledge economy and breaking the cycle of poverty over time.

Webinar Presenters

Barbara O’Brien is a Senior Consultant at the Campaign for Grade Level Reading. She is the first fellow of Piton Foundation, a foundation dedicated to improving conditions and opportunities for children from low-income families. Barbara is continuing her work to advance a state and national education reform agenda, from preschool to college. She also serves as the Policy Director for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Prior to joining the Piton Foundation, Barbara served four years as Colorado’s 47th Lieutenant Governor, becoming only the fourth woman to hold the position in Colorado’s history.

Mary Eisele, Ph.D. is the Director of Product Management for the Direct Instruction product line at McGraw-Hill Education. For 25 years, Dr. Eisele has partnered with schools and districts as educators implemented various Direct Instruction programs. This work deepened her passion for improving student achievement through research-proven programs and embedded professional development. A move from sales and consulting to product development has enabled her to capitalize on those experiences when leading the development of new products. Dr. Eisele authored Phonemic Awareness and produced other resources including promotional videos, professional development tools, an online data management system, and additional materials to support literacy education.

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