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DYSLEXIA: Best Strategies (Grades K-6)

Presented by Beth Hatlen
Outstanding Teacher and Presenter

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Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Students in Grades K-6: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Instructional Assistants, Interventionists, and Administrators

  • Proven techniques that build decoding skills and support literacy success for all students in Grades K - 6 including those who have or may have dyslexia
  • The most up-to-date information on dyslexia including practical suggestions for reading and spelling instruction
  • Research-based classroom and intervention strategies for students who have or may have dyslexia
  • Practical suggestions for instructing students based on targeted reading needs including the critical components of successful interventions that can help close the learning gap

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Are you looking for the most effective ways to better help your students who may have dyslexia to be more successful readers and spellers? In this unique seminar, recognized expert on dyslexia Beth Hatlen will share the most up-to-date information on dyslexia along with a wealth of proven strategies and resources designed to support greater success for students with dyslexia. Beth will provide you with the most current information on brain research related to reading and dyslexia as well as highly practical ways to accelerate reading and spelling success. You will learn numerous targeted interventions to maximize your teaching time and improve literacy outcomes for your students with dyslexia.

You'll leave the seminar with numerous evidence-based interventions you can use immediately that target your dyslexic students' specific needs so your students who have or may have dyslexia can experience greater literacy success.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Help Students with Dyslexia Avoid Reading Difficulty Using Explicit, Multisensory Teaching Techniques
    Learn direct and explicit multisensory teaching techniques you can use immediately to help students with dyslexia
  2. Build Critical Foundational Skills for all Students, Including Those with Dyslexia
    Gain a wealth of strategies for building foundational literacy skills for students with dyslexia, regardless of grade level
  3. Strengthen Brain Pathways to Help Students with Dyslexia Succeed
    Understand how reading develops in both the typical reader's brain and the dyslexic reader's brain and learn simple techniques to improve key brain pathways
  4. Learn How to Quickly Select Appropriate Reading Materials for all Students
    Learn simple techniques for matching reading materials to the decoding levels of your students
  5. Design Interventions to Focus on the Most Successful Strategies for Dyslexia
    Save precious teaching time by learning what to focus on for your students your students with dyslexia … Close the COVID learning gap by using the most effective strategies for key areas of intervention
  6. Enhance Phonemic Awareness Skills to Strengthen Reading and Spelling Skills for all Students
    Learn why phonemic awareness is integral to successful reading for all and critical for students with dyslexia … Maximize your teaching time by focusing on the most critical phonemic awareness skills
  7. Address and Prevent Low Word Recognition
    Gain research-based instructional techniques that help all students better learn sound-letter associations and patterns critical to the development of strong word recognition skills
  8. Design Reading Instruction Suited to the Specific Reading Needs of Your Students
    Learn a simple process to identify your students' areas of need and how to successfully group your students for optimized instruction
  9. Understand How to Better Assess Students for Dyslexia
    Learn the critical components needed to screen for dyslexia and simple diagnostic tools you can use in your classroom
  10. Receive a Comprehensive Digital Resource Handbook
    Return to your school with an extensive dyslexia digital resource handbook filled with ideas, strategies and step-by-step instructions designed to help you support the reading and spelling success of your students with dyslexia

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • What dyslexia is and what it isn't
  • The latest information on brain pathways critical to successful reading and spelling and what this means for instruction with dyslexic and struggling readers
  • Outstanding research-based teaching techniques and tools for reinforcing and strengthening your students' reading and spelling proficiency in grades K-6
  • Simple ways to determine the critical reading needs of students in your classroom and how to group for instruction based on these needs in order to close the COVID Learning Gap
  • How to more easily assess your students' skills in the most important areas related to reading, decoding and spelling
  • How to implement highly successful intervention strategies
  • Specific activities to promote advanced phonemic awareness skills critical for success with all students and especially those with dyslexia
  • How to implement appropriate interventions in an RTI model
  • Dozens of strategies to help students who have or may have dyslexia successfully read and spell, many you can use right away
  • How to more efficiently determine what type of reading instruction benefits different types of readers
  • Proven instructional sequences that build strong reading and spelling skills
  • How to use multisensory instruction to aid in the retrieval of reading and spelling skills
  • Simple classroom routines that you can easily incorporate into your current literacy instruction which will solidify reading and spelling skills
  • The most current information on fluency and which types of instruction lead to instant word recognition

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Teaching a child how to read is perhaps the greatest, most rewarding experience of being an educator. That "AHA" moment when the lightbulb goes on. You can actually watch the expression on a student's face change when they realize that they just read a word and understood what it meant. This is a life changing moment! However, as educators, we know this happens at different times and/or stages in life for each and every child. For students with dyslexia, this "AHA" moment may not come as quickly or easily as a child without dyslexia.

Working with students with dyslexia can be confusing and challenging. Through attending this seminar, you will better understand the brain research about dyslexia. You will be able to use this information to create a course of action to profoundly impact the lives of all students with dyslexia. By understanding what dyslexia is, and what it isn't, you will be better equipped to advocate for struggling learners. You will learn powerful strategies, activities and techniques on how to impact the hardest to reach students. Ultimately, what is best practice for students with dyslexia, is best practice for ALL students.

Throughout my teaching and professional career, I have taught hundreds of children how to read. I have also mentored countless teachers regarding how to design appropriate reading interventions catered to the needs of students both with and without dyslexia. I can assure you; you will walk away with the knowledge to help all students achieve "greater literacy success."

Beth Hatlen

P.S. I look forward to meeting you at our seminar and I am certain you will leave with practical and useful ways to engage ALL students and ensure they are granted the lifelong gift of literacy!

Who Should Attend

Educators Serving Students in Grades K-6: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Instructional Assistants, Interventionists, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Digital Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive dyslexia digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Practical, research-based teaching techniques and classroom activities for supporting students who have or may have dyslexia
  • Important information on what dyslexia is, what it isn't, and how to identify children at risk for reading difficulty
  • Information to share with colleagues on reading pathways in the brain and how to build those pathways for literacy success
  • Practical ways to maximize your teaching time
  • Games and activities to reinforce critical reading and spelling skills
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 enhancing their literacy programs.

Consultation Available
Beth Hatlen 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
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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