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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

edWeb.net and 95 Percent Group Inc. announce a new professional learning community on Instructional Strategies for Reading Improvement K-8

PRINCETON, NJ, September 27, 2013 - 95 Percent Group Inc., an educational consulting and professional development solution provider, has launched a free professional learning community around Instructional Strategies for Reading Improvement K-8 on edWeb.net, a professional social and learning network for the education community.

The Instructional Strategies for Reading Improvement K-8 community provides a place where educators can learn about how to improve reading skills of students in grades K-8. The community is for educators, librarians, and reading specialists who are looking for practical tools on literacy to use in the classroom or with small groups of students.

"September is National Literacy Month so it is the perfect time to begin this new professional development program to support reading instruction," said Lisa Schmucki, Founder and CEO, edWeb.net. "This program's webinar series is all about practical classroom tools that educators can use the next day with their students - this is just the kind of professional development our members tell us they want."

The community provides a series of free webinars with host Dr. Susan Hall, Founder and President of 95 Percent Group. The fall series focuses on the three Reading Common Core skills that teachers request help with the most:

  • Classroom Tools to Teach Inference - CCSS Standard 1 (View)
  • Classroom Tools for Integrating Diverse Media - CCSS Standard 7 (Register)
  • Classroom Tools to Teach Point of View and Purpose - CCSS Standard 6 (Register)

The first webinar, Classroom Tools to Teach Inference, gathered 250 educators online on September 19th for a demonstration of how to use a series of questions to teach students what an inference is and how to properly make one. Susan also encouraged participants to work with students to ask themselves questions before reading, about what they know and what they are inferring.

"I've presented a lot of webinars, and my edWeb webinar was by far the most engaged audience I've ever had," commented Dr. Susan Hall. "It felt like a community. We were so impressed with the chat feed. The participants were engaged in the presentation, commenting throughout, and helping one another - which was really satisfying to see."

Educators can join the free Instructional Strategies for Reading Improvement K-8community on edWeb to stay informed about upcoming webinars, join in on discussions with peers and mentors, and gain access to valuable resources.

For more information, contact:

Lisa Schmucki, Founder and CEO, edWeb.net
908-407-2755 | lisa@edweb.net

Dr. Susan Hall, Founder and President, 95 Percent Group Inc.
847-499-8200 | shall@95percentgroup.com

About edWeb.net

edWeb.net is a professional social and learning network for the education community that makes it easy to connect and collaborate with colleagues, share information and best practices, and create professional learning communities. edWeb hosts free professional learning communities on key topics in education and won the 2012 Edublog Award for Best Free and Open Professional Development for Educators. edWeb reaches 3.5 million educators in the U.S. through our membership and our partnership with MCH Strategic Data. Learn more at www.edweb.net. Follow@edwebnet on Twitter.

About 95 Percent Group Inc.

95 Percent Group Inc. is a team of highly qualified professionals dedicated to assisting districts and schools improve reading achievement through implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) practices. Founded by Susan L. Hall, EdD, the firm provides consulting and teacher training in how to use literacy screening data to inform differentiated instruction delivered in small groups to address specific skill deficits. The company serves clients nationwide with projects ranging from single-day professional development workshops to multi-year implementations. With a full range of intervention products, as well as online course offerings, 95 Percent Group Inc. has helped hundreds of schools improve student outcomes. Learn more at www.95PercentGroup.com. Follow @susanhall_EdD on Twitter.