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Workshops Available for Tennessee School Systems

The Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia at MTSU is a state funded agency whose mission is to support school personnel in their work with students who experience significant difficulty acquiring grade level skills in reading and spelling. One of the services offered through the Center is professional development in the area of reading and reading disabilities. Descriptions of the workshops we will be offering this school year are provided below.

Workshops are provided at a *nominal cost.

To schedule a workshop please complete the workshop planning form.

*The TN Center for Dyslexia charges a professional fee of $200 per half-day, $350 per full-day, and $700 per 2-day workshop plus reimbursement, at state rates, of expenses (mileage, meals, lodging, copying).

Dyslexia: An Overview

This workshop presents an overview of the reading disability, dyslexia. Information will be presented on the characteristics of dyslexia, methods used to identify dyslexia, how students with dyslexia may be served in school, types of instructional materials recommended for intervention, and classroom accommodations that help students with dyslexia.

The Essential Components of Effective Reading Instruction

This is a 2-day workshop addressing the essential components of reading instruction in early grades. The first day addresses (1) the updated National Reading Panel report, (2) phonological and phonemic skills, (3) phonics and decoding, and (4) fluency. The second day focuses on (1) vocabulary, (2) comprehension (3) spelling and (4) writing. This workshop is geared for general education teachers, special education teachers, reading instructors, speech language therapists and includes demonstrations of materials for tiered instruction. (This workshop can be divided into 2 one-day workshops to be offered at different times.)

Using Assessment to Program Intervention

This workshop for educators will present ways to identify students at risk of reading difficulty and to determine the cause(s) of reading difficulty for an individual child. Teachers will learn how to use progress monitoring data and other classroom assessments to determine student needs and to choose appropriate reading and spelling interventions for students in any tier. Components of effective reading instruction, as described by the National Reading Panel, will also be included.

Oral Language, Phonological Awareness, and Literacy

This half-day workshop is designed to build knowledge of oral language and phonological awareness as the foundational supports for literacy development. Participants will be able to take away lesson plans for immediate implementation.