Editorial | Indiana State University

Indiana State University (ISU) is hosting the 7th Annual Power of Reading and 5th Annual Power of Math Summits next week to train hundreds of Indiana educators on best practices and the latest research for teaching these important topics.

Sponsored by Duke Energy and CenterPoint Energy, the Summits will take place on November 21st and 22nd at the ISU campus in Terre Haute and will feature live streaming.

This year, the Summits will train hundreds of Indiana teachers, coaches and other educators across the state. More than 300 educators are expected in person, with almost 900 streaming the event live. While the majority of attendees are from Indiana, the Summits also reach educators in 30 other states, Canada and Australia who wish to stream the program live.

“The Power of Reading and Math Summits are among our key initiatives focused on inspiring and equipping Indiana educators with the tools to teach these essential subjects,” said Brad Balch, dean of Indiana’s Bayh College of Education State University. “There is no skill more fundamental than reading, and unfortunately this is an area where young Hoosier students struggle. Our hope is to empower teachers to innovate and reach their students in new and exciting ways, and to help all students gain the skills needed to succeed.”

Indiana’s student literacy rate has plummeted, especially in the wake of the pandemic. According to the latest data from the Indiana Department of Education, nearly one in five Hoosier children cannot read by third grade.

The Power of Reading and Math Summits are led by nationally recognized reading and math experts from across the country, including:

· –Wiley Blevins, educator and publisher

· –Mary Dahlgren, Ed.D., President of Tools 4 Reading

–DR. Jan Hasbrouck, researcher, education consultant and author

–Joan Sedita, M.Ed., Founder of Keys to Literacy

· –Kristen Acosta, math teacher

–DR. Kristopher J. Childs, visionary and collaborative leader

· –Sue O’Connell, author, speaker and education consultant

· –Greg Smedley-Warren, of The Kindergarten Smorgasboard

Bios for each moderator are available here.

The Summits are free and aimed at teachers and reading and math coaches in grades K-2/3. Registration for in-person sessions is closed, but educators can still register for the live-streamed events. Interested teachers can register here.

More information and details about the Power of Reading and Math Summits can be found here.

Indiana State University’s Bayh College of Education has been educating the next generation of Indiana teachers for more than 150 years. Bayh College of Education offers three undergraduate degrees and six undergraduate minors, more than 15 graduate programs, 13 PhD concentrations, five centers and institutes, and nine education-specific student organizations. More than 120 superintendents in Indiana have received degrees from ISU.

For more information about Bayh College of Education, visit www.IndState.edu/education. For more information about Indiana State University, visit www.IndState.edu.