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21TRA182 The Reading Brain and the Science of Reading
In this webinar, the presenters will discuss the ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘why’ of the science of reading and highlight the importance of aligning reading instruction to the large body of evidence available on how children learn to read.

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Apr 13, 2021 07:00 PM in Dublin

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Speakers

Jennifer O Sullivan
Lecturer in Literacy in Marino Institute of Education
Jennifer has been lecturing in literacy in Marino Institute of Education since 2012. She qualified as a primary teacher in 2003 (DCU, St Patrick’s College), completed an MEd (Literacy) in 2008 (DCU, St Patrick’s College), and was awarded a PhD in education (phonemic awareness and early reading development) from Trinity College Dublin in 2019. During her time teaching, Jennifer also worked as an associate and facilitator with the National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT). She currently sits on MIE’s Academic Council.
Gene Mehigan PhD
Principal Lecturer at Marino Institute of Education
Gene Mehigan is Principal Lecturer at Marino Institute of Education, with leadership responsibilities for English and Continuing Professional Development. As Head of the English Department his lecturing responsibilities include the teaching of English methods to undergraduate and post graduate students. His research interests are in the teaching of reading, education provision in disadvantaged settings and in teacher education.
Patrick Burke
Lecturer in Education and member of the English Language and Literacy team
Patrick is a Lecturer in Education and member of the English Language and Literacy team. He originally graduated with a degree in Education and Psychology from MIC/UL, after which he worked as a classroom teacher and post-holder in a diverse primary school in Dublin. He went on to study for a Master of Education degree in Reading/Literacy at Frostburg State University (MD, USA). During this time he was an International Fellow in the Children’s Literature Centre, where he collaborated on a number of initiatives to develop a love for reading among young people in the local area. He subsequently worked as an advisor with the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), which involved the design and delivery of CPD in Gaeilge and English nationally. Patrick is involved in a number of professional and research-based projects in literacy education. Most recently, this included membership of the NCCA development group for the Primary Language Curriculum (3rd-6th class).