Joseph Torgesen is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and Education, Emeritus, at Florida State University. He is also the Director Emeritus of the Florida Center for Reading Research. He has been conducting research with children who have learning problems for over 30 years, and is the author of approximately 190 articles, book chapters, books, and tests related to reading and learning disabilities.
He will discuss the most serious challenge to overcome in the quest to teach all students to read well by the end of third grade is diversity among students in their talent and preparation for learning to read. In this session, Dr. Torgeson will present information about the most important kinds of diversity among students when they enter school that affect their ability to learn to read. He also will provide specific information about methods being used in successful schools to meet all students instructional needs, and describe the organizational and instructional strategies for providing differentiated instruction at the classroom and school level.