Reading and the Brain: A New Synergy Between Education and Cognitive Neuroscience

Audience: K - 5th Grade Teachers/Specialists

Presenter(s): Barbara Schubert

Length: 80 minutes

Level: Primary and Intermediate Procedural

Session Description:

In this session, we will explore how the human brain solves the problem of reading by using two different neural routes.  The phonological route is used to decode a string of letters, translate it into a sound pattern and then access the meaning of the word from that sound pattern and relies on the left hemisphere posterior temporoparietal brain regions.  The other route is the direct route which bypasses the sound-pattern stage and attemps to match a printed word directly with its meaning.   The left hemisphere posterior occipitotemporal brain regions.  Despite the scientific jargon of words, we will be looking at the behaviors of children who struggle to learn to read and write and will consider the issue from the perspectives of the child, the parent, the teacher, and the administrator.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Schubert is a Reading Recovery Trainer, Comprehensive Literacy Coach, author, researcher and winner of several prestigious literacy awards who translates theory into practice.