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Read Washington is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization newly formed by local educators Julie Bedell, Amy Fleisher, and Laura Cooper, and national educational consultant, author, and researcher Dr. Jan Hasbrouck. ReadWA provides professional development opportunities, based on the science of reading, so every student becomes a skilled and confident reader. Working together, we can prevent the unnecessary pain of reading failure.

Registration Open: The Science of Dyslexia

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The Science of Dyslexia with Dr. Carolyn Denton

Registration is now open for ReadWA's first event of 2020, The Science of Dyslexia with Dr. Carolyn Denton. 

March 14, 2020: The Science of Dyslexia

Dr. Carolyn Denton

Please join us for the first ReadWA event of 2020, The Science of Dyslexia, with Dr. Carolyn Denton. Dr. Denton has researched children with reading disabilities, ranging from intervention research on beginning readers and the instruction of decoding and foundation reading skills to research on middle school students struggling with comprehension. Dr. Denton's research on reading interventions for children with serious reading disabilities has included neuroimaging components that demonstrated changes in the patterns of brain processing with intensive reading intervention. She also worked in schools as a reading interventionist and a reading coach.


Dr. Denton brings a wealth of both scientific and practical information and experience to this workshop that will be valuable to all educators as well as parents with interest in successfully addressing the needs of students with dyslexia and other reading challenges.

Dr. Carolyn Denton

Dr. Carolyn Denton


June 6, 2020: The Science of Vocabulary Instruction

Dr. Deb Glaser

Deborah Glaser has had a passion for teaching reading for a very long time. Ever since her little sister needed some help reading, she has followed her dream to teach others to read. Deborah has taught reading as an elementary teacher, special education teacher, and dyslexia specialist. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Glaser has traveled around the nation providing professional development for teachers, consulting with schools, districts, and policy groups. Her desire for every teacher to have access to the knowledge they deserve to help them teach all students how to read distinguishes her as a leader in the field. Dr. Glaser is author and co-author of the LETRS© Modules, Foundations: An Introduction to Language and Literacy (L. Moats) and ParaReading: A Training Guide for Tutors. Other publications include Reading Fluency: Understanding and Teaching this Complex Skill (with Dr. Jan Hasbrouck) and Next STEPS in Literacy Instruction: Connecting Assessment to Effective Interventions (with Susan Smartt, PhD). Learn more at The Reading Teacher's Top Ten Tools


Dr. Deb Glaser

Dr. Deb Glaser

September 26, 2020: The Science of Word Reading

Dr. David A. Kilpatrick

David A. Kilpatrick, PhD is a professor of psychology for the State University of New York College at Cortland. He is a New York State certified school psychologist with 28 years experience in schools. He has been teaching courses in learning disabilities and educational psychology since 1994. David is a reading researcher and the author of two books on reading, Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties, and Equipped for Reading Success, and is a co-editor of a third, Reading Development and Difficulties: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice.

Dr. David Kilpatrick

Dr. David Kilpatrick

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In the News

Seattle Times: Revamping reading: Join conversation with and for educators about the science of reading 

Katherine Long and Anne Hillman, Seattle Times


How is this “science of reading” type of instruction different from what’s being used in Seattle-area districts? To help answer that question, we’re going to host a weeklong, online forum on The Seattle Times website. We’ll take your questions about how reading is taught, and pose them to some of the Pennsylvania educators who contributed to the Dec. 1 story and to local educators who are trying to make similar changes. Full Story

New group informs educators about the science of reading, teaching methods

Ashley Gross, KNKX


The most recent data from a national assessment show that only 39% of 4th graders in Washington state are proficient at reading. A new group formed by teachers in the Puget Sound region aims to improve that percentage. Full Story

What happened when schools used science to revamp how reading is taught 

Katherine Long, Special to the Seattle Times


Excerpt: “Teachers are hungry” for this information, said Julie Bedell, president of the new nonprofit ReadWA and a second-grade teacher at Seattle’s Coe Elementary, in an email.  Full Story

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