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It's All About Differentiation

Instructional Implications to Support Students Climbing the Ladder of Reading and Writing

Presented by:
Nancy Young, Ed.D. & Jan Hasbrouck, Ph.D.



All students deserve appropriate instruction differentiated to their unique needs. In this live and recorded webinar, Nancy Young, Ed.D., and Jan Hasbrouck, Ph.D., unpack the popular Ladder of Reading & Writing infographic as a visual tool for the range of student reading abilities. To support students on their literacy journey, participants will examine key terminology, instructional content, and needs-based methods while they explore new findings from the ever-evolving science of readingThis webinar will discuss effective and joyful ways to deliver differentiated instruction for all students on the reading continuum 

Duration: 1 hour  

About the Presenters

Nancy Young, Ed.D.

Nancy Young, Ed.D., is a longtime proponent of differentiated instruction and creator of The Ladder of Reading & Writing infographic. A Canadian educator, Nancy has taught children with a wide range of learning challenges and needs. She provides professional development across Canada and internationally, focusing on instructional needs for dyslexia, ADHD, and students advanced in reading (AIR). 

Jan Hasbrouck, Ph.D. 

Jan Hasbrouck, Ph.D., is an educational consultant, author, and researcher who earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Oregon and completed her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University. Her research on reading assessment, coaching, and second language learners has been published in numerous professional books and journals.

Climbing The Ladder
of Reading & Writing:
Meeting the Needs of ALL Learners 

Climbing the Ladder of Reading & Writing, co-edited by Nancy Young Ed.D., and Jan Hasbrouck, Ph.D., effectively addresses the differentiated needs of students, offering educators an indispensable and user-friendly reference. Concise yet powerful, this guide provides teachers with proven supports for students’ varying needs as they acquire literacy skills—improving outcomes for all students, including those with dyslexia and other exceptional needs and considerations. G. Reid Lyon calls the book “a masterpiece linking the science undergirding reading and writing development with the science of instruction.” 

Young and Hasbrouck recruited 29 noted subject-area experts to contribute sections related to their own specific domains of expertise, including Kymyona Burk, Ed.D., Nathan H. Clemens, Ph.D., NCSP, LSSP, Margie Gillis, Ed.D., and Sharon Vaughn, Ph.D. Maryanne Wolf, director of the UCLA Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice provides the foreword. 

Rely on this comprehensive resource to meet today’s challenges: 

  • Connect the science of reading to your teaching 
  • Increase your understanding of each student’s needs 
  • Streamline planning and instruction 
  • Differentiate instruction with confidence