Join us for a series of webinars that showcase a new diagnostic assessment and instructional tool that tackles a significant challenge for struggling readers—the missing link between phonics and fluency.

Fall webinar series coming soon

WordFlight™ is a trademark of Foundations of Learning, an Iowa company.

Please register separately to each Webinar as they come available.

Register today for one or all of these webinars to learn how WordFlight helps struggling readers become fluent readers.
Registration also includes access to archived webinars.

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WordFlight:

  • Is based on proven research that integrates current learning science
  • Supports any reading program
  • Targets gaps in decoding skills with new diagnostic assessment and curriculum
  • Uses a new learning framework focused on automatic word recognition
  • Builds the fluency connection for learners in grade 2 and above

Past Webinars

Webinar #1

Discovering the missing link between phonics and fluency


February 16, 2022 at 12:00 CST

Noted researcher, Dr. Carolyn Brown, will show you how to prepare your students to become fluent readers by targeting the missing link that bridges phonics to fluency.

Research shows that many students continue to struggle with basic reading skills despite concerted efforts by educators to teach reading. WordFlight is an online literacy solution that identifies and addresses gaps in foundational knowledge and skills by directly targeting development of automatic word recognition required for fluency.

You will learn how to:

  • Determine the essential components that bridge phonics and fluency
  • Identify students at risk for lack of foundational reading skills
  • Unpack automatic word recognition and how it develops
  • Use a new learning framework that helps students use and generalize their knowledge—the key to fluent reading.
Watch Recording
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Carolyn Brown, Ph.D.

Webinar #2

Making your current reading curriculum more accessible and effective


April 7, 2022 at 4:00pm CT

Dr. Carolyn Brown and guest panelist educators Jennifer Abramson and Lisa Phillips share how to use this new evidence-based online reading tool with all reading programs. 

Decades of research in cognitive science and learning offer proven approaches to building the automatic, expert skills required for proficient reading. WordFlight activates these foundational skills and ensures that students get the most out of their current reading programs and tools. This assessment and instruction system supports any reading program by preparing your students to reach reading fluency.

In this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Identify the missing links that prevent students from progressing
  • Conceptualize the development of foundational skills in a way that leads students to generalize and transfer skills to new contexts
  • Use a new learning framework to personalize lessons to each student’s needs.

Panelists

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Dr. Brown has devoted her career to developing tools and testing solutions that optimize language and literacy development for all students. Dr. Brown received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Eastern New Mexico University and her Ph.D. in the same field at University of Iowa. Her areas of specialization are child development, language acquisition and reading.
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Jennifer Abramson reads and writes in Austin, Tx. where she currently serves as the Central TX Regional Representative for the Coalition of Reading and English Supervisors of TX (CREST). In her current work as a literacy leader and educational consultant, she focuses on access, choice, volume, and voice opportunities for each and every student, staff, and stakeholder.
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Lisa Phillips is an Instructional Coach for West Des Moines Community Schools. She draws on over a decade of experience of being in the classroom as a teacher and coach to explore innovative ways to increase student learning, achievement, and mental health. Her passion around brain research as well as data and technology in education leads her to rethinking what education can be like for our twenty first century learners.

Webinar #3

Target the “missing link” to prepare students for fluency – a discussion with administrators about student success with WordFlight


August 9, 2022 at 12:00pm CDT

Carolyn Brown and administrators Janie Eischen and Dr. Robert Davis share how to integrate WordFlight into your reading instruction to help your students become fluent readers.

WordFlight is an evidence-based program built on a decade of research and development that helps diverse learners fill in the missing link between phonics and fluency.

In this webinar you will learn how to:

  • Determine if your students have the foundational reading skills that are essential to fluency,
  • Utilize WordFlight's patented assessment to make students’ strengths and weaknesses visible,
  • Evaluate the capacity of instructional tools to develop automatic word recognition - the missing link between phonics and fluency, and
  • Use a new learning approach that helps students acquire, use and generalize their decoding knowledge—critical to becoming a fluent reader.
Watch Recording

Panelists

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Carolyn Brown, Ph.D.
Dr. Brown has devoted her career to developing tools and testing solutions that optimize language and literacy development for all students. Dr. Brown received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Eastern New Mexico University and her Ph.D. in the same field at University of Iowa. Her areas of specialization are child development, language acquisition and reading.

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Robert G. Davis Ph.D.
Dr. Davis worked in the public education field the past forty-four years as an elementary principal, teacher, educational consultant, and adjunct professor. Dr. Davis and his schools received numerous awards including three years running as the highest performing school in the West Des Moines School District and the International Reading Association Exemplary Reading School Award. His life as a elementary principal was to ensure students and teachers were provided the best research supported curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices to make certain all of his students and staff would learn at the highest levels attainable.
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Janie Eischen
Janie Eischen is the Director of Teaching and Learning for Algona Community Schools.  Her roles over the last 17 years include elementary and middle school teaching, as well as the opportunity to work with many schools in a School Improvement Role with an emphasis in literacy at Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency.