Last week’s second annual IMSE Literacy Summit, Making an Impact, captured the interest of more than 2,700 classroom teachers, literacy coaches and specialists, district administrators, interventionists, EL teachers, and parents seeking to learn more about Structured Literacy teaching practices centered around the Science of Reading as well as to hear from literacy instruction experts and celebrated authors, Maryanne Wolf and Chelonnda Seroyer.

Chelonnda’s powerful keynote, Creating a Customized and Highly Effective Management Plan, dove into effective classroom management techniques and how building strong relationships with students invites learning and impacts literacy growth. Maryanne’s presentation, How the Evolving Reading Brain Teaches Us to Teach All Children, focused on teaching diverse forms of learners, from children with dyslexia to typical readers with different language backgrounds, and shared research on how the reading brain is changing in a digital culture.

For registrants that were unable to join the event live, we encourage you to listen on-demand as your schedule permits. Here is what some of this year’s attendees had to say:


“Chelonda Seroyer’s The Power of Procedures touched and how it is our job to set students up for success was an extremely powerful and useful part of the training. It validated many of the classroom management techniques that I use and gave me new ideas that I will incorporate in my small reading groups. I also plan to share this with the administration so they can help train teachers on the difference between classroom management and behavior management.”


“Behaviors can be minimized through the use of procedures and routines. Mary Ann Wolf is beyond words and I learned so much from her. I’m going to rewatch her segment again.”


“I loved the classroom management session and remembering Harry Wong and the First Days of School – my school read this book as a book study almost 20 years ago. Great event!”


“I did not realize the significant impact that skimming digital print, as opposed to deep reading, means for us as a society, as Dr. Wolf described in her presentation.”


“Our children, society and world are changing, and we as teachers need to adapt to meet their needs.”


“My biggest takeaway was learning about the neuroscience of the brain as it pertains to how students learn to read. “


“Excellent classroom management ideas, an amazing sharing of stories, and help with understanding dyslexia along with impactful practices.”


“A nice Harry Wong refresher and the importance of procedure. Sometimes as a veteran teacher you forget. Also practical ideas. The second segment was fantastic. I was surprised that you can screen so young. I will definitely be using the information I learned in all areas.”


“I really thought Maryanne Wolf was perfect. She gave a clear understanding of how the brain learns to read. It helps know why we do what we do and how to strive for change. She was very explicit!”

Please keep the feedback coming!  Your ideas and opinions will help shape next year’s IMSE 2023 Literacy Summit.