Dr. Pam Kastner is a passionate advocate for the science of reading! She is an educational consultant at the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) Harrisburg, where she serves as the State Lead Consultant for Literacy. Dr. Kastner currently co-leads Pennsylvania’s Dyslexia Screening and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program extension and expansion. In addition, Dr. Kastner is currently part of a research team investigating the impact of direct, explicit, systematic instruction in advanced phonemic awareness on student literacy outcomes.
Dr. Kastner serves on the statewide Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) team working extensively in the area of literacy, effective instruction, formative assessment, and professional learning communities.
Dr. Kastner has served in a number of leadership capacities at the district level and served as a Pennsylvania Distinguished Educator for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Dr. Kastner is a certified Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) trainer and a certified reading specialist. Dr. Kastner holds a K-12 Principal certification, and was honored to have earned national board certification as a classroom teacher.
Dr. Kastner earned her doctoral degree from Widener University where her dissertation focused on the efficacy of professional learning communities to affect teacher practice toward improving student learning. Dr. Kastner’s mission is to build collaborative partnerships that develop educators’ knowledge and skills leading to increases in student achievement.
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