Closing the Knowledge Gap:

Engaging Every Student with Complex Texts

The ability to understand complex texts is a critical driver of college and career readiness. But how can we guarantee every student in our schools has the opportunity to build knowledge from complex texts, no matter their decoding ability or language proficiency? This webinar will explain why educators should see complex texts as the starting point—not the end goal—of instruction for every student.

This webinar explores balancing complex, grade-level text with students’ individual reading needs to build the background knowledge and vocabulary essential to lifelong language comprehension.

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Webinar Details

In this webinar, you will learn to: 


Recognize the relationship between knowledge building and comprehension of complex texts.


Describe the reasons for using complex texts as the starting point—not the end goal—of instruction for every student.


Identify how to balance complex, grade-level text with students’ individual reading needs within a unit of instruction.

Closing the Knowledge Gap

Meet the Hosts


 Director of Literacy Impact

Megan Jensen

Megan Jensen is the Director of Literacy Impact at Carnegie Learning. She is a former reading specialist with experience developing K-12 writing instruction, blended professional development for schools and districts across the United States, and literacy and library programming abroad. Her work is driven by her belief that every student can learn and that there is transformative power in supporting students in reading and writing about their worlds. She holds a B.A. in English from UCLA and an M.A. in international and comparative education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Director of Services Development

Heather Sampselle

Heather Sampselle is the Director of Services Development at Carnegie Learning. She taught at the elementary level in Florida and Maryland and brings various experiences to the table, including developing and leading professional learning sessions with teachers, leaders, and coaches at the district, state, and national levels. Her background in literacy classrooms and curriculum design helps Heather construct strategic and relevant professional learning experiences for educators nationwide. Heather holds a B.A. in elementary education from the University of South Florida and an M.A. in teaching and learning administration. She resides in Frederick, MD, with her husband and golden retriever, Charlie, and enjoys cycling, trail running, and spending time with friends and family.