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TextProject provides live webinars such as the 2013 series on the Common Core State Standards (with speakers such as Tim Shanahan and Nell Duke). Recordings of past webinars on text complexity and vocabulary by TextProject’s President/CEO, Elfrieda (Freddy) Hiebert, are also available. Freddy also frequently makes live presentations (see Events). Presentation slides from previous events are available (see Library).
25 January 2013
Dr. P. David Pearson, University of California, Berkeley
This presentation considers the research foundations of the Common Core State Standards, especially as it pertains to comprehension.
27 February 2013
Dr. Timothy Shanahan, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Shanahan identifies tasks which states and districts must undertake to successfully implement the English/Language Arts Common Core standards.
24 April 2013
Dr. Karen K. Wixson, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Dr. Wixson presents on the upcoming assessments. She takes a close look at the sample questions and discusses the different question formats.
30 May 2013
Dr. Nell K. Duke, University of Michigan
Dr. Duke presents the pitfalls and potentials of the CCSS as it relates to informational texts. She explains the differences between previous and current definitions for key words used in the CCSS.
20 June 2013
Dr. Elfrieda H. Hiebert, TextProject & the University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr. Hiebert presents information on using quantitative measures in the new Common Core Assessments.
28 August 2013
Dr. Heidi Ann Mesmer, Virginia Tech University
Dr. Mesmer presents information on stretching students to read complex texts.
26 September 2013
Dr. Sheila Valencia, University of Washington
Dr. Valencia presents an expanded way of considering the relationship between comprehension and text complexity by examining text-task scenarios.
24 October 2013
Dr. Elizabeth Moje, University of Michigan.
Dr. Moje presents information on teaching literacy in different discipline areas.
20 November 2013
Dr. Kenji Hakuta, Stanford University.
Dr. Hakuta presents information on content area literacy.
7 March 2013
Freddy talks about features to look for in books to use with beginning readers.
7 January 2013
Freddy presents 77 seconds on core vocabulary. What is it and how can the words be organized to help students read complex text?
14 March 2013
Freddy talks about a feature of text that makes it difficult for the reader.
28 November 2012
Archived recording of Freddy's November 28, 2012 webinar: Text Complexity and the Common Core: Moving into Action With Confidence.
21 March 2013
Freddy talks about three key features that are seen in dumbed-down texts.
2 August 2013
View and read a summary of Karen Wixson's presention.
11 October 2012
Archived recording of Freddy's October 11, 2012 webinar: 7 Actions That Teachers Can Take Right Now: Text Complexity.
12 September 2012
Archived recording of Freddy's September 12, 2012 webinar: Text Complexity and the Common Core: Moving into Action with Confidence.
5 May 2011
A short webinar on the importance of reading during summer vacations and how SummerReads can help stop the summer slide.
15 May 2013
The recording of a webinar Freddy presented for MA teachers and educational leaders on May 10, 2013
22 June 2010
In June 2010, Dr. Elfrieda H. (Freddy) Hiebert presented a webinar on the effects of summer reading.
10 February 2010
Dr. Elfrieda H. (Freddy) Hiebert presented the fifth annual Jeanne S. Chall Memorial Lecture on February 10, 2010 at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.
25 October 2010
Dr. Freddy Hiebert discussed why text matters in developing reading fluency. Texts that contain too many difficult words frustrate beginning readers. This presentation examined key features in texts that support fluency and comprehension. Dr. Hiebert also closely examined the texts in core reading programs to highlight the need for texts that increase reading fluency and comprehension. This updated version of the presentation includes an explanation of how QuickReads fits in with the Common Core Standards.
22 June 2010
Attention to comprehension-based silent reading rate (CBSRR) is very different than the over-emphasis on oral reading that been so prominent over the last decade. In particular, Freddy focuses on the manner in which texts can facilitate or impede the development of CBSRR.
13 March 2012
A recording of the Feb. 28, 2012 webinar hosted by Pearson Learning.
6 June 2012
Developed for the Florida's Department of Education, Dr. Hiebert has recorded a new video on summer reading.
21 June 2012
In this webinar Dr. Hiebert explores the relationship between a text's word frequency number and the Lexile number.
30 April 2008
Archived recording of Freddy's April 30, 2008 webinar: Critical Science Vocabulary.
18 March 2008
Archived recording of Freddy's March 18, 2008 webinar: A School Immersed In Vocabulary.
22 April 2008
Archived recording of Freddy's April 22, 2008 webinar: A County Immersed In Vocabulary.
12 February 2014
Dr. Elfrieda (Freddy) H. Hiebert describes 7 facts about a generative vocabulary approach and describes 7 instructional strategies to support each word fact.
14 March 2014
A recording of Freddy's March 5, 2014 webinar: Texts that Teach.
19 September 2014
A recording of Freddy's May 7, 2014 webinar: Vocabulary Matters.
25 March 2015
17 March 2016
27 March 2017
Freddy presents The Role of Vocabulary Learning in Social Studies for Pearson's VCON 2017.