10/03/06, Berkeley CA–CORE (Consortium on Reading Excellence) has announced that its annual Literacy Leadership Summit, one of the nation’s major literacy conferences, will be held February 26-27 in Burlingame, CA. The theme for the two-day event is Learning to Read and Reading What Matters. More than 900 leaders from the education community are expected to attend.

The CORE Literacy Leadership Summit is the perfect opportunity to interact with prominent national reading researchers, motivational speakers, and successful practitioners from around the nation. The Summit brings together state and school district leaders, principals, members of school literacy leadership teams, K-12 reading specialists, and more.

All of the sessions at the CORE Summit will deliver practical, useful, up-to-date information from leaders within the literacy community. Keynote speakers and session leaders, for the event include E.D. Hirsch Jr. (Founder, Core Knowledge Foundation), Linnea Ehri (Distinguished Professor, CUNY), Kevin Feldman (Director of Reading & Early Intervention, Sonoma County Office of Education), Mark Shinn ( Chief Scientist at Edformation), Tim Shanahan (President of IRA), Diane August (Senior Research Scientist, Center for Applied Linguistics), Scott Baker (Senior Research Associate, Pacific Institutes for Research), Susan Neuman (former Secretary of Education), Rudy Crew (Superintendent of Schools, Miami-Dade County), Randall Sprick (Director and Lead Consultant for Safe and Civil Schools, and author of the Safe & Civil Schools Series), and nationally acclaimed storyteller Opalanga Pugh, just to name a few.

CORE is concerned with “what works” in teaching reading and literacy skills. The overall goal of the Summit is to help educators understand emerging research and practices that can assist struggling readers, with a special emphasis on the role of leadership. CORE has ten years of experience in helping build school and district capacity for sound instruction by utilizing researchbased curricula and developing effective leadership for literacy. In its first decade, CORE has trained teachers in over 1,000 schools and 70 school districts.

About CORE

Bill Honig, President and former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, founded CORE in 1995. CORE serves as an advisor to K-12 schools, school districts, and states on the implementation of literacy instruction validated by scientifically-based reading research. Through technical advice, professional development, and onsite implementation support, the company builds the capacity of its clients to achieve sustained literacy achievement. Visit www.corelearn.com to find out more information and to register.

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