Reading Success for Every Child: Teaching Reading is Rocket Science

Hosted by Bermuda College

The purpose of the conference is to engage educators and parents in thinking about how we can improve our students’ reading achievement. The focus of the conference will be on the Science of Reading featuring best practices in the teaching of reading according to research, applied research on how children learn to read, and how the brain ‘learns to read.’ We will also contextualize the discussion by presenting an example of how one US school system improved reading and have a panel discussion that will include educators from Bermuda as well as other partners.

November 28, 2020, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Session 1
Dr. Margie Gillis Teaching Reading is Rocket Science
Dr. Gillis will share important aspects of the research that explain how children learn to read and the best methods of instruction for ensuring that they become proficient readers and writers.

Session 2 
Dr. Tamu Lucero The Growing Success in Stamford, CT 
Dr. Lucero will share her experience implementing a literacy initiative in a culturally and linguistically diverse urban district in the US. The goal of this initiative is to ensure that all students exhibit growth that is commensurate with their ability. She will explain how education is a global initiative that requires an alliance among all communities to elicit effective and efficient reform.

Session 3
Panel Discussion

Moderator: Dr. Phyllis Curtis-Tweed
Martin James, Innovation Unit
Ms. Kim Manderson, Acting Reading Officer, Department of Education
Dr. Tamu Lucero
Dr Margie B. Gillis
LaToya Pearman, President PTA at Purvis Primary


Dr Margie B GillisDr. Margie B. Gillis, is a Certified Academic Language Therapist who became interested in reading while at the University of Connecticut where she studied with Isabelle Liberman. In 2009, Margie founded Literacy How, Inc. to provide professional development and coaching to help teachers implement evidence-based reading practices in the classroom. As President of Literacy How and as a Research Affiliate at Haskins Laboratories, Margie creates new opportunities to empower teaching excellence.


Dr Tamu LuceroDr. Tamu Lucero was named Superintendent of Stamford Public Schools on April 23, 2019.  During her 25-year career in education, she has worked diligently to improve the public school system.  Dr. Lucero believes education is a global initiative requiring an alliance among all communities to elicit effective and efficient reform.  Her primary goal is to ensure that all students exhibit growth that is commensurate with their ability. 


Dr. Curtis-Tweed Dr. Phyllis Curtis-Tweed, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Bermuda College, earned her Ph.D. at Emory University. She then pursued postdoctoral training in psychology in the Clinical Research Training Program in Social Psychiatry at Harvard University. Dr. Curtis-Tweed was an instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School for five years and taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Simmons College and at the Harvard affiliated Hospitals. She has published and presented at national and international conferences on issues in psychology and education.

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