Closing the Literacy Gap in Elementary Education: The Science of Language & Literacy

Sponsored by the MGH Institute of Health Professions

ATTENTION: As of May 23rd, we are SOLD OUT for this workshop. This may change throughout the summer depending on cancellations so we encourage you to submit your name to the waiting list to the right by clicking "Register Interest".

Date and Time:
Monday, August 19th, 2019 8:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 8:00am - 3:00pm*

*Times may be subject to change

Registration Fee
Fee includes course materials, light breakfasts, lunches, snacks, & beverages.

Partners HealthCare Conference Center
Assembly Row - West Lobby
399 Revolution Drive,
Somerville, MA 02145

Who should attend:
K-4 Teachers
Reading and Literacy Specialists
Special Education Teachers
Principals and other school administrators
Speech-Language Pathologists

Course Overview

Close the literacy gap. Learn how language and reading development can be supported and optimized for elementary school-age children. You will identify common brain and behavior myths, differentiate types of reading challenges, and apply your learning to real-world teaching scenarios. Engage in case study analyses, small group problem-solving, and self-assessment of classroom practices.


Upon completion of the program, you will:

Day 1
-  Understand the role of language processes in word reading and reading comprehension.
-  List the multiple pathways underlying reading difficulty.
-  Begin to apply the major findings from cognitive neuroscience research on reading.
-  Understand the needs of diverse learners by addressing bias in instructional material in order to create inclusive literacy learning environments.

Day 2
-  Be able to distinguish common educationally relevant neuro- and behavioral-myths and their counterevidence.
-  Practice evidence-based assessments and intervention for reading difficulties based on an individual differences model.
-  Understand how brain plasticity is related to reading intervention.



Joanna A. Christodoulou, EdD
Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Director of the Brain, Education, and Mind (BEAM) Team, Center for Health and Rehabilitation Research, MGH Institute of Health Professions

Dr. Christodoulou integrates roles as clinician, developmental cognitive neuroscientist, and educator, focusing her work on: 1) identifying risk factors from school and home contexts associated with learning challenges; 2) investigating effective identification of learning difficulties across clinical and research settings; and 3) optimizing intervention practices for struggling students.

Tiffany Hogan, PhD, CCC-SLP
Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Director of the Speech and Language (SAiL) Literacy Lab
MGH Institute of Health Professions

Dr. Hogan studies the genetic, neurologic, and behavioral links between oral and written language development. Her school-based research focuses on: 1) determining the multiple pathways that lead to poor comprehension and 2) creating evidence-based classroom interventions to improve comprehension.


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Professional Development Points (PDPs)

The MGH Institute of Health Professions is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to award professional development points (PDPs) for teachers. This workshop will align to the Massachusetts Standards for High Quality Professional Development (HQPD) as recommended by the DESE.

Credits: 14 PDPs

How to Register

Add this workshop to your cart using the Enroll Now button at the top right of this page in order to proceed with Checkout. You will be asked to quickly create an IHP username and password if you do not already have one. With an IHP account, you will have access to our learning management system for this conference and any future IHP Continuing Education offerings you may participate in.

Payment Options

Debit/Credit Card
 - We recommend registering through this portal and paying with a debit or credit card for optimal efficiency.

Personal Check
 - If using this method, please contact Ginny Do, to confirm enrollment into this activity. Make check payable to "MGH Institute of Health Professions" and send with attention to:

Ginny Do - CIPSI
MGH Institute of Health Professions
36 First Avenue, Boston, MA 02129-4557.

Cancellation Policy

Full refund, less administrative fee of $20 if cancellation is received prior to August 9, 2019. To cancel, send your cancellation request via email to the Office of Continuing and Professional Development. Refunds will be processed based on the original form of payment and will be processed within 30 days of receipt of the cancellation notice. Cancellations received after August 9, 2019 will not be eligible for a refund.

Cancellation of activity: In the very unlikely event that IHP cancels or postpones the activity due to circumstances beyond its control, the IHP's liability will be limited to refund of paid registration fees.

Contact Us

For any additional questions or concerns regarding this workshop or the registration process, please contact:

Ginny Do - Program Manager
Office of Continuing and Professional Development
Phone: 617-724-3193

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