HTI Conference Scheduled

“Reading, Language, & The Brain: Research, Practice & Policy”

Friday, April 25, 2014 8:00am-3:00pm
Main Auditorium, 300 George Street, New Haven, CT

This conference is for everyone trying to reach children in the reading achievement gap
General education teachers, Reading teachers, Special education teachers, Speech
and language professionals, ELL instructors, School administrators, Psychology
and education students, policymakers, and parents.

In Connecticut, that gap includes 57% of 4th graders who don’t read on grade
level. Some struggle to learn to read; all need our help.


Known as “SEEDS” kids, this group is comprised of: Struggling readers and learners from all socioeconomic groups, Economically disadvantaged children, English language learners, and students with Dyslexia, and Specific Learning Disabilities.


Learn from distinguished researchers, practitioners and policymakers how to be an effective and accountable partner in the collaborative process to close the reading achievement gap.


Dr. Mark Seidenberg (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Dr. Kenneth Pugh (Haskins Laboratories)
Dr. Deborah L. Speece (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Dr. Peggy McCardle (Peggy McCardle Consulting, LLC)
Dr. Margie Gillis (President, Literacy How and Research Affiliate, Haskins Laboratories)
Ellen Cohn (Division Director, CT State Department of Education)
Dr. Michael Coyne (Research Scientist, Center for Behavioral Education & Research, UConn) JoAnne White (Consultant, K-3 Literacy, CT State Department of Education                        Elaine Zimmerman (Commissioner, CT Commission on Children)


Preliminary Agenda


Light breakfast and Registration

"The Science of Reading and Its Educational Implications"
Mark Seidenberg, Ph.D.,
Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
"The Neuroscience of Reading"
Ken Pugh, Ph.D.,President, Haskins Laboratories
Coffee Break

"Where We Are, Where We’re Headed, and Resources to Move

 Literacy Forward"

  Deborah Speece, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development, Special Education and Disability Policy, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Formerly Commissioner of the National Center for Special Education Research, U.S.
Department of Education Institute of Education Science

  Peggy McCardle, Ph.D.
President, Peggy McCardle Consulting, LLC
Formerly Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver
National Institute for Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. McCardle also directed its Language, Bilingualism, and Biliteracy Program.

Integrating Reading Research into Schools and Schools into Research
Peggy McCardle


Margie Gillis, Ed.D.,
President, Literacy How and Research Affiliate, Haskins Laboratories
Ellen Cohn,
Division Director, CT State Department of Education
Michael Coyne, Ph.D.,
Research Scientist, Center for Behavioral Education and Research,
JoAnne White,
Consultant, K-3 Literacy, CT State Department of Education
Elaine Zimmerman,
Commissioner, CT Commission on Children

Click here for Online Registration.

Click here to download the registration form and Register By Mail.

Pre-registration is required; please register by April 18th. Individual registration fee is $125. Refund of registration fees requires notice prior to April 18th. Coffee and lunch will be provided.

Download the conference Announcement

For more information contact Annie Stutzman, Administrative Coordinator, Haskins Training Institute, telephone: 203.865.6163, x303.