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Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D    

Author, Professor of Literacy Education

Timothy Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University. He 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 book on reading fluency entitled "The Fluent Reader," published by Scholastic, and co-author of the award winning fluency program called "Fluency First," published by the Wright Group.

His 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 Panel and has been published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Reading Psychology, and the Journal of Educational Research.

Rasinski is currently writing the fluency chapter for Volume IV of the "Handbook of Reading Research." He recently served a three year term on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association and from 1992 to 1999 he 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. Prior to coming to Kent State he taught literacy education at the University of Georgia. He taught for several years as an elementary and middle school classroom and Title I teacher in Nebraska. In 2010 Dr. Rasinski was elected to the International Reading Association's Reading Hall of Fame for his career achievements and contributions in the fields of literacy and literacy education.

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From Phonics to Fluency to Proficient Reading: Helping all students achieve success in reading.

Word study (phonics and vocabulary) and fluency in reading have been found to be key elements of any successful reading program (National Reading Panel; Common Core Standards). Despite their importance, many students fail to achieve sufficiently in these areas and many teachers do not feel completely competent in their knowledge and teaching of these reading components. In this workshop, Dr. Tim Rasinski will provide theoretical and research background and definition to phonics and fluency. He will share approaches to assessing and monitoring progress in these key aspects of reading. Finally, he will share effective and engaging strategies for teaching these all-important reading components that will move students toward better comprehension and greater proficiency in reading.

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