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July 22, 2020 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm

Engaging Young Readers with Shared Reading: Remotely and Face-to-Face

Headshots of Cindy Downend and Courtney Varner. Text reads: Complimentary Webinar
July 22, 2020
3:00-4:00pm (EST)
Grade Levels:
Literacy Teaching
  • Classroom Teachers, Interventionists, & Specialists
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
  • District & School Leaders
Online: Real Time Learning
Webinar Description


Examine how to use shared reading in grades K-2 to engage children in enjoyable and successful experiences with print from the very first day of school – whether you are teaching remotely or in the classroom.

Center faculty members, Cindy Downend and Courtney Varner, will lead this interactive session in which they will discuss how to:
  • Structure shared reading in an online format
  • Model and scaffold effective reading behaviors during shared reading
  • Build a bridge to independence through shared reading

Cynthia Downend, Assistant Director, Literacy Programs

Headshot of Cindy Downend

Cynthia Downend has worked at the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative for over 10 years, serving in the roles of primary level literacy trainer and currently as the assistant director for primary literacy programs.

Cynthia has worked with many school districts across the United States to train and develop district level literacy staff developers, literacy coaches, classroom teachers, literacy interventionists and school administrators on a variety of topics related to improving literacy instruction.

Prior to her work at Lesley University, Cynthia held positions as a literacy coach, Reading Recovery teacher, and classroom teacher for over 20 years working in a variety of school settings including urban, suburban, and international schools.

Cynthia holds licenses in both elementary education and school administration, and achieved National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.


Courtney Varner, Literacy Trainer

Headshot of Courtney Varner

Courtney has a B.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and earned a Masters in ElementaryEducation from George Mason University. Her educational career started in Fairfax County Public Schools, VA where she had 8 years of experience working in Title 1 schools. She taught in 1st and 2nd grade and served as a Reading Recovery teacher. In addition, Courtney was a Literacy Collaborative trained literacy coach for the intermediate grades.

Interested in professional learning at your school 
or district? Schedule a meeting with one of our faculty trainers.

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