This week I had the wonderful opportunity of making presentations at state reading conferences in New York and Florida. The New York conference was held in Brooklyn and it was sponsored by the Reading First program. The Florida conference took place in Orlando, and it was part of their state effort, Just Read, Florida! I was impressed at the size of both meetings (more than 1000 teachers, coaches, and adminstrators attended each meeting. Lots of energy and commitment.
In New York, I made two presentations, one a breakout on reading comprehension instruction and the other a keynote on how to improve reading achievment for older readers (Grades 4-12). In Florida, I did a couple of breakouts on how to lead reading improvement efforts using my pyramid and I keynoted their Intervention conference and spoke about the basic principles of success in interventions.
If you are interested, the powerpoints from those four talks can be found here: