Building Deep Reading Brains in a Digital World


With our children so immersed in our now digital world, will learning to read be even more difficult?

Dr. Maryanne Wolf, internationally recognized scholar, author, and literacy advocate, will explore the future of deep reading while we depend evermore on digital media. Join colleagues from around the world in this free video lecture.

Video Lecture Details:

Speaker: Dr. Maryanne Wolf
Date: Thursday, March 12 at 7 PM – 9 PM EST
Location: Wherever you are, because we have gone VIRTUAL! The video lecture will be available on this page from any computer or mobile device. (don’t worry, the video won’t be private beginning at 7 PM EST)
Hosted by: Atlanta Speech School’s Cox Campus

This lecture is part of a two-part series with Dr. Maryanne Wolf. Also join us for Friday’s discussion, Eradicating Illiteracy in Our Time.

Do you have a question for Dr. Maryanne Wolf? Submit your question below or post your question to twitter with #ReaderComeHomeQA and she will be answering after the lecture.



  1. Rebecca Eads

    I’m so excited to hear all about this!! I love my kindle app, but hate how much I’m on my phone. As a teacher, I hate how my little ones can swipe but can barely hold a crayon and have so little interest in coloring or drawing. What can I do??

  2. Hello dear people at Cox Campus,
    what a wonderful announcement. Maryanne came to Hamburg in 2012 to speak to us about early literacy and we have fond memories of her.
    Sin ce I lie in a different time zone (CET), could you please tell me what time zone your scheduled “March 12, beginning at 7 PM” refers to?
    Thanks a lot and kin regards from Hamburg
    Annette Huber

    • Kristina Black

      Hello Annette, the lecture will start at 7pm eastern standard time. It will also be available on this page at any time after that. So excited that you will be watching. We are so excited to hear from Dr Wolf!

      • I look forward to connecting with you guys and to hear from Dr Wolf this evening at 7pm to 9pm Eastern Standard Time.

        Thank you, for sharing your time and knowledge in education with us via Virtual Reality.

  3. Rollins Admin

    Do you have a question for Dr. Maryanne Wolf? Post your question and she will be answering your questions here or post your question to twitter with #ReaderComeHomeQ&A

  4. Queen Njemanze

    Am excited to be part of this. I hope to get more updates. Thanks.

  5. Alice Pleasant

    Hello my name is Alice Pleasant do we get credit hours for watching video.

  6. Louise

    Hello everyone at Cox Campus, I am so excited that I am able to view this presentation, my questions are probably the same as many other people- the neuroscience we can quote to support a holistic, sensory, experiential and meaningful approach to learning and literacy in early childhood, rather than just digital, pushed down learning. Thankyou so much for this opportunity! Louise from Ouyen, Australia.

  7. Laura Coleman

    About to watch!!!! So grateful it is virtual!

  8. Makini Coleman

    Hello! Excited to hear from Dr. Maryanne Wolf!

  9. Sarah Moss

    Super excited about this incredible opportunity we have to listen to Dr. Maryanne Wolf!

  10. So excited for this! #ReaderComeHome

  11. Cori Cain

    Very excited to hear Maryanne

  12. Laura Coleman

    I loved the Emily Dickinson reference. What a powerful message.

  13. Renee Wilmath

    Having trouble getting it to play! How is everyone getting the link to work?

  14. Jennifer Overby

    I can’t wait to learn about how we can help children develop their deep reading skills in this digital age!

  15. The 0-5 period is so important! Thank you Dr. Maryanne Wolf for continuing to reinforce this! #ReaderComeHomeQA

  16. Julia Stoll

    I appreciate her emphasis on the birth to five years!!!!

  17. Struck by how much the medium of interaction impacts the development of the brain. It makes sense, but just hit me how much we don’t discuss that as educators.

  18. Renee Wilmath

    Once I click your link, it takes me to the page but nowhere for me to start it. What am I missing?

  19. Stories matter (especially culturally diverse stories) and are important for young children! They help build the blocks of empathy and so much more. Stories help students critically think, understand their emotions, and the world around them. #ReaderComeHome Loving this!

  20. Dawny Hill

    Reach out and Read – Our Atlanta pediatrician is a part of this mission and we have loved every book that has come home for each of our daughters’ well visits. What a wonderful idea!

  21. Makini Coleman

    Important research about human interaction vs. video with young children. Most people don’t know this.

  22. “Science of reading is here and now.”
    Dr. Maryanne Wolf

  23. Jennifer Overby

    Reading out loud to children has a lot of power in working on speech and language skills. I intentionally pick repeated line books to target grammar and language concepts with preschool age children. For example reading Are You My Mother has been a great way to highlight using the word “are” in sentences.

  24. Megan ONeal

    So Interesting what effects our brain and learning about how we can aid how we learn. Also it’s cool how a deep reading brain really effects our society as a whole.

  25. Tier 1 “prevention” instruction that follows the science of reading is the “vaccine” for reading failure. We know what to do. How do we convince schools to invest in doing it?

  26. Lylette Parkyns

    I am totally enjoying Dr Wolf delivery

  27. Elesha Grace

    This is such a great lecture! I love the idea behind reading being a basic human right! Literacy opens so many doors for our children and our world.

  28. Julia Stoll

    I would love to know how neurological differences such as ADHD impact the early development of the deep reading brain and therefore long term empathy development etc.

    • Cori

      I have the same question Julia!! Interested in the long term impact.

    • Melissa Krepp

      I agree that that would be so helpful to learn more about!

    • Stephanie Young

      This is a great point and one that warrants more discussion. If the strength of our democracy is partially dependent on critical thinking and deep reading, how can we do more work with students who have limited attention and sometimes less awareness to develop empathy? One step is to read stories with a variety of characters and circumstances plus added illustrations to supplement their comprehension. What else has worked with your students?

  29. Makini Coleman

    I am definitely seeing the “skimming as the norm” phenomenon inside and outside of the classroom. Also seeing working quickly versus thinking deeply being lauded. That’s why this work is so important.

  30. Thank you so much Dr. Wolf! That was incredible!

  31. Shontá Lyons

    This is fascinating information!

  32. Dawny Hill

    What a wonderful virtual meeting with Dr. Wolfe! So many nuggets of great wisdom to now ponder and act on. She has sparked a great momentum in me to continue to move forward for ALL of our children! Thank you Dr. Wolfe…simply amazing!

  33. You are amazing! I would love to know more about how to get this exciting science and presentation out to all parents and educators- you make it come alive ~ can you say more about Concrete strategies that educators can employ to really get children to contemplation early and often?
    Thank you so much!
    Rhonda Lauer

  34. Jessica Michel

    I love the analogy of seeking only the same silos of information. What a great visual, and great motivator to seek deep reading!

  35. Cheryll Booth

    Thank you so much Dr. Wolfe. What an informative lecture!

  36. Ashley Montgomery

    Early intervention is key! 0-5 age is such a crucial age group for early exposure to literacy. Its wonderful that there are assessments that can predict the types of reading failure as early as kindergarten, so that necessary interventions can take place. I’m grateful to work with birth-five to help build an early foundation for reading.

  37. Julia Stoll

    I am so thankful for Dr Wolf’s ideas about the creation of an integrative model of print and digital reading. Having teenage children, I know that there is not a way to stop the progression of the digital medium as their form of learning and communication in their world, but if research could guide us to understand a balance, then there is such possibility!

  38. Karensa

    This was very informative! Thank you Dr. Wolfe

  39. Beverly Robinson

    Thanks for the presentation. Your enthusiasm was riveting. Beverly Robinson

  40. Danielle Sutton

    This was so informative! Its so interesting thinking about how much technology is changing children’s’ brains.

  41. Stephanie Young

    Thank you for presenting such a passionate plea about why and how we can enhance the deep reading brain. Perhaps our society’s adjustments with the COVID-19 issue can slow us down to become more contemplative readers ourselves and with our children. As an OT who works with active students, I look forward to your future discussions about “different mediums can be a better fit for different children.” I have seen the benefits of young children paying attention to print media when read by expressive adults and hope that this generation can still get immersed in stories by visualizing scenes and characters.

  42. L Lipscomb

    Thank you Dr. Maryanne Wolf for sharing this wonderful information with us! This is so needed at this point in time, we have so much to reflect on!

  43. Josh

    i-Minds 2.0 by Mari K. Swingle is another great resource. She has additional research and suggestions about how/when screen reading can be beneficial. Her research reveals the effects of screen-based interaction and why it disrupts typical brainwaves conducive to deep thinking(reading).

  44. Marie L.

    Absolutely wonderful and engaging talk!!

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