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Word recognition expert Dr. Linnea Ehri will be the recipient of the AIM Institute for Learning & Research's Hollis Scarborough Award at AIM's 10th Annual Research to Practice Symposium on Monday, March 14, 2022.

Dr. Ehri, a distinguished professor of educational psychology at the City University of New York, has researched and provided evidence clarifying how words are read automatically by sight, how children develop word reading and spelling skills, and how instruction can facilitate acquisition of these processes. She has conducted studies showing that spellings of words are bonded to pronunciations and retained in memory when their graphemes (letters) are connected to phonemes (smallest sounds) within pronunciations, called orthographic mapping. Storing words in memory in this way enables readers to recognize words automatically as they read text.

AIM's annual Research to Practice Symposium is a free, day-long event that brings together literacy researchers and educators to learn and collaborate on important literacy themes. This year's event, which will take place in-person at AIM in Conshohocken, Pa. as well as be accessible to a global audience via live stream, will focus on Understanding the Influence of Linguistic Variation on Reading: Implications for Teaching. The presentations will be moderated by Dr. Julie Washington and include presentations by Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan, Reesha Conroy and Kareem Weaver.

Dr. Ehri will receive the Hollis Scarborough Award and make remarks during the event. Past Hollis Scarborough Award recipients include Dr. Hollis Scarborough (who received the inaugural award in 2019), Dr. Mark Seidenberg, and Dr. Don Compton.

Register to attend the symposium at: www.aimpa.org/symposium.

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