Cultural Dialect and Reading Mastery

with Julie Washington
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Reading depends on spoken language; this fact has profound consequences for children whose spoken language differs from the language they are expected to read. In this master class, we will explore how children’s spoken languages can be respected and supported to achieve strong reading outcomes.

Dr. Julie A. Washington is a professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). She is a speech-language pathologist and Fellow of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Dr. Washington directs the Learning Disabilities Research Innovation Hub, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She is also director of the Dialect, Poverty and Academic Success Lab at UCI. Currently, Dr. Washington’s research is focused on the intersection of literacy, language variation, and poverty. In particular, her work focuses on understanding the role of cultural dialect in assessment, identification of reading disabilities in school-aged African American children, and on disentangling the relationship between language production and comprehension on development of reading and early language skills for children growing up in poverty.

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