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Payal Malhotra


Scholastic International (Education)

A microbiologist by training and a teacher and editor by choice, Payal works with educators and students to ideate and create curriculum strategies and products that help make learning a rewarding experience. At Scholastic International, she shapes the product vision, ensuring it aligns with classroom needs. She conceptualized the education publishing for Scholastic in India and has successfully brought out and implemented school programs that incorporate global best practices while remaining culturally and contextually appropriate. For the last decade, Payal has trained and mentored hundreds of teachers and leadership teams. She enjoys bringing the voice of the teacher into every aspect of the product development, management, and support process.


30 October, 2023 | 14:10 to 14:30
Motivating and Supporting All Learners to Become Independent Readers

Literacy is the foundation of learning. Studies show that successful students read the most. The more students read, the better their comprehension and vocabulary, as well as their knowledge of the world. Reading also provides social-emotional benefits, helps in building identity and empathy, inspiring discovery, finding wonder in the world, and preparing for the future. A challenge educators face is supporting struggling readers progress from striving to thriving readers. At Scholastic, we believe it is not enough to just provide access to good books. Offering scaffolded support and modeling of good reading practices are also important. Through this talk, we intend to share globally acknowledged research- and evidence-based best practices in reading. We will delve into the dynamic interplay between reading engagement and achievement, highlighting how motivated students persist until they accomplish their reading goals. Together, we can nurture a community of lifelong learners.