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Dr. Paula Schwanenflugel is a professor Emeritus from the University of Georgia, where she served as a professor of Educational Psychology, Linguistics, and Artificial Intelligence from 1984-2019. Her research specialty is on the development of reading skills, particularly during the preschool and early elementary school years. She has published many journal articles and books on this topic. Most recently, she published two books with Guilford Publishers, The Psychology of Reading: Theory and Application (co-authored with N. Knapp, 2016), and Physical Activity and Learning After School (co-edited with P. Tomporowski, 2018).

Dr. Paula Schwanenflugel recent research focuses on the development of reading fluency and classroom practices for enhancing vocabulary development in young emergent readers. Her talk will describe her research on the development of reading fluency, focusing on classroom practices for enhancing reading fluency among struggling readers during the school day and in after-school programs. She will discuss how these practices can be seamlessly combined with comprehension practices to improve children’s overall literacy skills.

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