Would you like to better understand dyslexia and how it affects students’ reading ability?
There are many reasons why students have difficulty with reading and writing skills. For 10 – 15% of students the cause is dyslexia, a neurobiological learning disability that is characterized by difficulties with accurate or fluent word recognition and poor spelling. This professional development provides the background knowledge about dyslexia that educators need in order to understand why students with dyslexia have difficulty with reading and how to support them in the classroom. Click here to download a printable flyer.
This offering totals approximately 6 hours of professional learning time. Topics include:
What is dyslexia?
- one type of specific learning disability, dyslexia defined and myths, signs of dyslexia
The Reading Brain
- how the brain learns to read, dyslexia and the brain
Dyslexia and the Five Components of Reading
- dyslexia and The Simple View of reading, effects of dyslexia on decoding/vocabulary/comprehension, emotional and motivational consequences, accommodations and modifications
Screening for Dyslexia
- screening early, screening vs formal diagnosis, suggested screening battery
Effective Instruction for Students with Dyslexia
- early intervention, overview of structured literacy instruction, teaching principles including gradual release, explicit and systematic instruction, differentiation, and scaffolding
Structured Literacy Instruction – Sounds
- phonemic awareness, basic routines for blending/segmenting, advanced instruction for phoneme manipulation
Structured Literacy Instruction – Sound-Symbol Correspondences
- the alphabetic principle, explicit phonics instruction, teaching letter-sound correspondences, phonics scope and sequence, blending and segmenting activities
Structured Literacy Instruction – Syllable Types
- six syllable types, syllable division
Structured Literacy Instruction – Morphemes
- prefixes/suffixes/roots, combining syllabication with structural analysis to read multisyllable words
Options for the professional development include live onsite, live virtual, asynchronous online course, or hybrid facilitated online course.
Contact Keys to Literacy to learn how to provide this professional development to educators in your school or organization.
State Specific Approved Versions of the Course
Arizona DOE Approved Version for Dyslexia Designee Training
A customized version of Understanding Dyslexia has been approved to meet the requirements for Understanding and Recognizing Dyslexia (URD) dyslexia designee training. Click here for more details, or contact us.
Oregon DOE Approved Version for Dyslexia Training
A customized version of Understanding Dyslexia has been approved to meet the requirements for Understanding and Recognizing Dyslexia (URD) dyslexia training. Click here for details, or contact us.
Who should participate?
K-5 teachers of any subject, educators who provide support to older, struggling readers, literacy specialists and coaches, and administrators.