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DYSLEXIA: Best Strategies to Increase Student Success (Grades 6-12)

Presented by Heather Kenny
Outstanding Educator and Presenter

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Specifically Designed for Educators serving students in Grades 6-12: English/Language Arts (ELA) Teachers, Reading Teachers, Content Area Teachers, Reading Specialists, Interventionists, Literacy Coaches, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Instructional Assistants, and Administrators

  • Dozens of the best instructional techniques and resources for helping students who have or may have dyslexia gain access to grade-level content in all subject areas
  • Interactive, multisensory classroom activities to improve learning outcomes and increase engagement for students who may have dyslexia
  • A powerful approach to instruction that emphasizes comprehension and the acquisition of vocabulary to boost academic performance in all subject areas
  • Highly effective, practical tips and digital resources that enable you to provide more effective accommodations to support struggling readers while keeping all of the students in your classroom more actively engaged

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Once students reach middle and high school, it is often assumed that they have acquired foundational literacy skills. In fact, research demonstrates that many older students have significant difficulties with reading, writing, and spelling which adversely impacts their performance in all subject areas. If you are seeking up-to-date information and strategies to support the students in your classroom who have or may have dyslexia, and to improve their academic performance, then you won’t want to miss this NEW, highly informative and practical seminar. Drawing upon cutting-edge research findings, literacy expert, Heather Kenny, will provide you with an overview of what dyslexia is, how the dyslexic brain processes information, how to recognize and remediate students with reading and spelling difficulties, and how to use brain-based teaching strategies to ensure that even students who are currently reading below-grade-level can gain access to information that is needed for success in their content area subjects. Gain a wealth of knowledge, and a plethora of instructional techniques that will help you enhance your instruction for students who fit the dyslexic profile. Learn a powerful approach to instruction that can improve foundational literacy skills, boost overall academic performance, and increase the self-esteem and self-efficacy of students with dyslexia.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Provide Students Who Are Reading Below Grade Level with Access to Grade-Level Content
    Learn strategies and techniques to provide struggling readers with the critical information that they need to keep pace in their content area classes
  2. Explore Digital Tools to Support Students Who May Have Dyslexia
    Learn about free or low-cost technologies that can be easily implemented in the classroom to improve the reading, writing, and spelling performance of students who may have dyslexia
  3. Discover Easy-to-Implement Classroom Accommodations that Promote Student Success
    Incorporate changes that can increase student engagement with content and enable students with dyslexia to accurately demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities
  4. Detect Subtle Student Behaviors that May Indicate Signs of Dyslexia
    Learn to recognize struggling readers who may be “hiding in plain sight” and gain helpful strategies to support them in overcoming learning difficulties
  5. Motivate Reluctant Readers with Highly Interactive Reading Strategies
    Learn a lesson-planning framework that is suitable for any content area and can be used to engage students, boost comprehension, and increase student interest
  6. Provide Age-Appropriate Phonics and Fluency Instruction to Strengthen Reading and Spelling Skills
    Preserve the dignity of students who may have dyslexia with instructional techniques that improve foundational literacy skills
  7. Activate Comprehension Processes to Promote Reading Success
    Gain strategies that will prompt all students, particularly those who may have dyslexia, to monitor their understanding of texts and think critically about what they read
  8. Discover the Power of Multisensory Instruction
    Learn how to engage visual, auditory, and kinesthetic-tactile pathways during instruction to enhance memory and promote robust learning outcomes
  9. Boost Engagement with Highly Interactive Instructional Techniques
    Teach your students helpful strategies they can use independently to overcome reading, writing, and spelling roadblocks
  10. Receive a Comprehensive Dyslexia Digital Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar … Leave this seminar with the best strategies for helping your students succeed

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Dozens of strategies and techniques to help students who have or may have dyslexia gain access to information that they may not be able to read on their own
  • Activities and strategies to increase engagement and improve learning outcomes for students who may have dyslexia
  • Age-appropriate phonics, decoding, encoding, and fluency techniques to help belowgrade-level readers develop mastery of important foundational skills
  • Assessment tools that will enable you to identify struggling readers who are hiding in plain sight and pinpoint areas of need
  • Recommendations for providing appropriate accommodations to students who struggle with reading, writing, and spelling
  • Teaching strategies that strengthen students’ comprehension and vocabulary knowledge, which can help students with dyslexia compensate for word recognition difficulties
  • Tips and techniques for incorporating technology into your classroom to increase engagement and support students with dyslexia
  • Explicit, brain-based instructional strategies that enhance memory and promote robust learning outcomes
  • Evidence-based instructional techniques that help all students acquire new information in content-area subjects, but are especially supportive of students with dyslexia and reading impairments

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As teachers, we all care deeply about the success of our students. It can be frustrating for us to work with students who struggle, despite our best efforts to teach them. It is often even more frustrating for the students themselves who may suffer from undiagnosed dyslexia, which takes a toll on their confidence and self-esteem and frequently prevents them from reaching their full academic potential.

Thanks to new research findings, we now understand how to recognize these students who often mask their difficulties with reading and spelling and hide in our classrooms in plain sight. We also know how to best support them. Not only is it critical that we provide them with targeted instruction to improve their word-level reading and spelling and fluency in a manner that preserves their dignity, but we must be deliberate to ensure that these students, who are typically reading below grade level, are able to access information and vocabulary so that they can fully engage in their content area subjects. Low literacy does not equate with low intelligence. By adapting our instruction and assessment techniques, we can ensure that diagnosed or undiagnosed students who fit the dyslexic profile, can experience academic success. Perhaps the best news of all is that the highly effective, research-based techniques that are recommended for students with dyslexia, are often the same techniques that can increase the learning of all of our students!

In preparation for this seminar, I have amassed a wealth of highly practical information, resources, strategies, tips, and techniques that can help you optimize your instruction for students with dyslexia. I am excited to spend the day with you, and with other educators, sharing teacher-friendly, time-efficient strategies that you can take back to your own classroom and implement immediately to help your students succeed!

I look forward to meeting you soon.

Heather Kenny

P.S. I know how precious your time is, so I am committed to making this day interesting, informative, and very practical!

Who Should Attend

Educators serving students in Grades 6-12: English/Language Arts (ELA) Teachers, Reading Teachers, Content Area Teachers, Reading Specialists, Interventionists, Literacy Coaches, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Instructional Assistants, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies. The handbook includes:

  • Practical, research-based teaching techniques and classroom activities for supporting students who have or may have dyslexia
  • Important information on the characteristics of dyslexia and how to recognize students who mask poor reading, writing, and spelling skills
  • Age-appropriate instructional techniques to increase the confidence and improve the reading and spelling skills of students with dyslexia
  • Highly effective, engaging, and interactive instructional techniques that increase vocabulary knowledge and promote comprehension of content area subjects
  • Suggestions for differentiating instruction for students with dyslexia and increasing motivation
For in-person seminars, registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the BER office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

Share Ideas with Other Educators
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in strategies for helping students who have or may have dyslexia.

Consultation Available
Heather Kenny will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own program.

Semester Credit Option
UMASS Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate, will be available at this program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
Participants of both the Live Online Seminar and those completing the Recorded Version online can receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify five continuing education hours. State CEUs are available for both versions of the course. For specific details, visit www.ber.org/ceus.

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