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DYSLEXIA: Best Strategies for Students Who Struggle to Successfully Read, Write and Spell (Grades K-6)

Presented by Andrew Stetkevich
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

  • Highly effective structured literacy approaches designed for students who have or may have dyslexia
  • Low-tech and high-tech accommodations, scaffolds and supports for students with reading, writing and spelling difficulties
  • The most current research on the symptoms of dyslexia including proven applications for assessment and instruction
  • Receive an extensive dyslexia resource handbook packed with specific ideas, strategies, routines, and accommodations to support instruction of students with dyslexia

Practical Ideas and Strategies

If you are searching for the most effective ways to help your students with dyslexia become more proficient and confident readers and writers, this is a seminar you won’t want to miss. In this seminar, you will receive powerful, multisensory instructional techniques, research-based strategies, and practical accommodations and scaffolds to better support your students with dyslexia. Drawing on the most current research, experienced resource teacher and literacy expert, Andrew Stetkevich will share the signs and symptoms of dyslexia and the most effective strategies that address those symptoms in the classroom.

You’ll receive a wealth of practical strategies, techniques, and activities you can use immediately to help strengthen specific reading, spelling and language skills. You will learn proven ways to enhance your literacy instruction and help your students with dyslexia to become more successful readers and writers. Leave with concrete, teacher-friendly methods, resources and digital supports to add to your dyslexia toolbox that you can utilize tomorrow.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Optimize Structured Literacy Instruction for Students Who Have or May Have Dyslexia
    Learn about the key components of structured literacy and how to most effectively enhance your current teaching of reading, writing and spelling
  2. Understand the Signs and Symptoms of Dyslexia in the Classroom
    Analyze the symptoms of dyslexia and educational areas to assess to identify students with dyslexia
  3. Incorporate Multisensory Vocabulary Strategies
    Identify multisensory vocabulary strategies that improve long-term retention and retrieval of terms
  4. Foster and Support Strong Fluency Growth
    Discover instructional techniques and routines to enhance fluent reading of connected text
  5. Enhance Literacy Instruction through Explicit, Systematic, Multisensory Teaching Methods
    Learn multisensory strategies for teaching reading skills, including decoding, encoding, vocabulary, and reading comprehension
  6. Discover the Most Effective Accommodations, Scaffolds and Supports for Students with Dyslexia
    Learn about low-tech and high-tech accommodations, scaffolds, and supports to help students with dyslexia access grade-level standards
  7. Gain New Ideas for Teaching Word Recognition and Spelling
    Gain research-based instructional techniques that help students with reading impairments to better learn and apply phonemic awareness and analysis skills, sound-letter associations, word patterns, word identification, and spelling
  8. Support Students with Dyslexia by Planning Instruction through a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Lens
    Provide UDL planning tools and templates to enhance the achievement of students with reading and writing difficulties
  9. Explore Simple, Quick Surveys to Help Your Students Better Understand Their Strengths, Interests and Potential Barriers to Learning
    Examine and evaluate sample surveys used with elementary students to gain a better understanding of how
  10. Receive a Comprehensive Dyslexia Resource Handbook
    Return to your school with an extensive dyslexia resource handbook filled with ideas, specific strategies and instructional routines designed to help support the reading, writing and spelling success of your students with dyslexia

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Proven literacy instructional techniques that help all students learn, but especially support students with dyslexia and reading impairments
  • The signs and symptoms of dyslexia in the classroom
  • The key components of structured literacy reading approaches
  • Outstanding research-based teaching techniques and tools for reinforcing and strengthening your students’ reading, writing and spelling proficiency in grades K-6
  • Activities and routines to strengthen phonological processing/proficiency, sound/symbol associations, syllable instruction, morphology, syntax, and semantics with access to ready-made Jamboard templates
  • Assessment areas to identify students with dyslexia
  • Reading fluency elements and routines
  • Spelling strategies to build competency and confidence
  • Vocabulary building activities and routines
  • Proven ways to help students with dyslexia access your core curriculum: accommodations, scaffolds and supports
  • Lesson planning considerations through a UDL lens
  • Practical and impactful strategies you can easily incorporate into your existing literacy instruction

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As most states now have dyslexia regulations in place, educators must be knowledgeable on how to identify and teach students with dyslexia so they can make a well-informed, positive impact on the education of their students. I have planned this seminar to share with you the most current research-based strategies, structured literacy instructional approaches, accommodations, and scaffolds to support the achievement of students with dyslexia. We will analyze the symptoms associated with dyslexia as well as important areas to assess in determining if a student is dyslexic. We will examine what is meant by “structured literacy” methods which are designed to effectively address the needs of students with dyslexia. I will share with you explicit, direct, multisensory strategies to enhance your instruction of foundational reading skills. You will walk away from the seminar with strategies that will benefit students with dyslexia as well as other students who may have difficulty in mastering foundational reading skills.

In my 38 years of teaching students with learning disabilities, including many students with dyslexia, I have learned two important principles that help teachers make a positive impact on the education of their students. First, educators must foster their ability to build a positive rapport with each of their students. Second, educators must continually add to their toolbox the resources and instructional methods that support all learners. You’ll leave with many innovative ideas, research-based practices and powerful instructional strategies to add to your teaching toolbox.

Sincerely,
Andrew Stetkevich

P.S. This seminar is designed to provide you with practical ideas and tools that will help you to achieve the goal of improving the literacy skills of all your students, with a focus on the unique needs of your students with dyslexia.

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 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
  • Specific information and citations on “structured literacy” components and approaches designed for students with dyslexia
  • Effective ways to positively impact literacy achievement for students who struggle with dyslexia
  • Important information on the signs, symptoms and areas to assess when suspecting that a student may have dyslexia
  • Practical classroom interventions, accommodations, and scaffolds
  • Tips and ideas for making your literacy instruction more supportive for students with dyslexia
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.

Consultation Available
Andrew Stetkevich will be available to answer your specific 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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