Film Screening: The Truth About Reading – Sat. Feb 11th at 6:00 PM in Hannaford Hall

Event: Film Screening: The Truth About Reading
Date: Saturday 2/11/2023
Time: 6 pm
Location: Hannaford Hall
Registration (limited to 200 people): Click here

The Special Education Department at the University of Southern Maine, in collaboration with the International Dyslexia Association — Northern New England Alliance (IDA-NNEA) and Lexia Learning, are pleased to announce a private film screening of the documentary The Truth About Reading Recent data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) indicates that fewer than 35% of students in grades 4 and 8 read proficiently. We hope that by hosting the The Truth About Reading film premiere, we will bring together stakeholders across Maine in order to share their sense of urgency around the growing literacy crisis.  The Truth About Reading sheds light on how not learning to read leads to lifelong challenges. The screening will be held on the University of Southern Maine Portland campus in Hannaford Hall. The event begins at 6pm, with a reception prior to the screening, and a panel discussion immediately following the film. The film features the stories of David Chalk and John Corcoran, two men who didn’t learn to read until adulthood.  David and John are expected to join the panel discussion via Zoom.

 “From Emmy-Award winning director Nick Nanton comes a new eye-opening documentary film, The Truth About Reading.  Literacy experts from across America, including Emily Hanford of “Sold a Story:  How Teaching Kids to Read Went so Wrong” and Lacey Robinson of UnboundED, emphasize the seriousness of the illiteracy crisis and share how the implementation of science and evidence -based practices can transform lives and ensure that every child learns how to read.”

Registration is limited to 200 and can be found here

For more information or to schedule an interview with the event organizer please contact Jennifer Cyr, secretary, IDA-NNEA or Dr. Rachel Brown-Chidsey, USM  or