Bridging the Gap: Developing Reading Fluency for All

Bridging the Gap: Developing Reading Fluency for All

Thursday 21 October 2021 | Virtually Hosted via Click Meetings | 09:30 - 15:00


Developing Fluency in reading for many children is the missing key to successful enjoyment and understanding of texts.

This conference will offer delegates the opportunity to learn from international experts in developing fluency and also from practitioners developing practice in their own classrooms. Teachers from every age and phase will be able to take away effective, evidence based ideas to support readers in their contexts. The opportunity to hear Tim Rasinski and Herts for Learning in one virtual room is not to be missed!



Training objectives:

  • To learn about the theoretical basis of reading fluency practices
  • To understand how schools can use the practices to raise standards in reading for all and through targeted intervention
  • To understand the impact developing fluency can have on readers
  • To be inspired to support all children to be successful readers

About Tim Rasinski, Professor of Literacy Education, Kent State University

Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University and director of its award winning reading clinic. He also holds the Rebecca Tolle and Burton W. Gorman Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership. Tim has written over 200 articles and has authored, co-authored or edited over 50 books or curriculum programs on reading education. He is author of the best selling books on reading fluency The Fluent Reader and The Megabook of Fluency. Tim’s scholarly interests include reading fluency and word study, reading in the elementary and middle grades, and readers who struggle. His research on reading has been cited by the National Reading

and has been published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Reading Psychology, and the Journal of Educational Research. Tim is the first author of the fluency chapter for the Handbook of Reading Research, Volume IV.

Tim served a three year term on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association and was co-editor of The Reading Teacher, the world's most widely read journal of literacy education. He has also served as co-editor of the Journal of Literacy Research. Rasinski is past-president of the College Reading Association and he has won the A. B. Herr and Laureate Awards from the College Reading Association for his scholarly contributions to literacy education. In 2010 Tim was elected to the International Reading Hall of Fame. Tim is also the 2020 recipient of the William S. Gray Citation of Merit from the International Literacy Association.

Prior to coming to Kent State Tim taught literacy education at the University of Georgia. He taught for several years as an elementary and middle school classroom and Title I reading intervention teacher in Omaha, Nebraska.

About Kathy Roe

Kathy Roe is a Teaching and Learning Adviser with Herts for Learning and leads the Reading Fluency Project. She taught for many years across the primary school phase in London and Hertfordshire and is an experienced school leader. She is passionate about reading pedagogy and children’s literature.

Programme information

Reading Fluency: The Critical Bridge from Phonics to Comprehension

Tim Rasinski, Professor of Literacy Education , Kent State University

Fluency in reading has been found to be a critical element of any successful reading program (U.S. National Reading Panel). Despite its importance many students fail to achieve sufficiently in this area and many teachers do not feel completely competent in their knowledge and teaching of this reading component. In this presentation, Dr. Tim Rasinski will provide theoretical and research background and definition to fluency. He will share approaches to assessing and monitoring progress in this key aspects of reading. Finally, he will share effective and engaging strategies for teaching this all-important reading component that will move students toward better comprehension and greater proficiency in reading.


The Herts for Learning Reading Fluency Project – Impact and key approaches

Kathy Roe, Teaching and Learning Adviser, Herts for Learning

Since 2017, Herts for Learning (HfL) has taken over 1000 pupils through the Reading Fluency Project. The project aims to accelerate achievement in reading fluency and comprehension in a short space of time by harnessing strategies such as echo reading, repeat reading and skilled questioning.

Pupils participating in the project are not only taught to read with improved fluency and automaticity, but are also taught to engage with, and react to, challenging, high-quality texts.

Kathy leads the project at KS1, 2 and 3 and will share some of her experience, along with some key project approaches and outcomes.

Conference Price

£165 +VAT

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