Supporting Emerging Readers

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Reading is a critical skill and one of the most important goals of early schooling. This webinar will explore how to support young students as they learn to read. Participants will gain an understanding of how the brain reads, and some of the key components that are necessary for successful and fluent reading. A focus of the session will include practical strategies to support students both at home and in school.

Naomi Schimmel

Dr. Naomi Schimmel is the Head of Lower School at Shefa School. She has over ten years of experience working with children at a variety of levels and in different settings. Dr. Schimmel received her B.A. from The George Washington University and her Master's Degree in Special Education from Hunter College. She earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Fordham University. Dr. Schimmel began her career as a classroom teacher at the Churchill School, teaching second and fourth graders. Most recently she was a learning specialist at Riverdale Country School, where she provided differentiated instruction for students, implemented assessment models, and designed curriculum. Dr. Schimmel has supported teachers in enhancing their literacy instruction, and created professional development workshops for her colleagues. She has also taught a graduate course in the childhood education program at Fordham University.