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Dyslexia Success Series Workshops

Registration and refreshments 8-8:30. Workshop 8:30 - 11:30.
Unless otherwise noted, the events will take place at the TN Center for Dyslexia, Room 116

9/23/2017 Promoting Reading Comprehension in Grades 4-12
Jennifer Cooper, PhD

The session will focus on building and supporting vocabulary and background knowledge development. A brief overview of research examining the connections between vocabulary and background knowledge and reading comprehension will be presented. Attendees will gain strategies to support struggling readers at home and school with the development of vocabulary and background knowledge in support of reading comprehension skills.
10/28/2017 Choosing the Right Accommodations to Ensure Success
Erin Alexander, Ed.S., NCSP

Students with characteristics of dyslexia have unique patterns of strengths and weaknesses. Due to weaknesses in reading, writing, and spelling, they often need accommodations in order to gain full access to information at their grade level and intellectual level. Thoughtful planning for accommodations that support learning in the classroom and that reflect that learning on testing is required. Attendees will gain knowledge about selecting appropriate accommodations that support various aspects of literacy (e.g., reading, spelling, and writing) based on individual needs. The parent session will also focus on applying for accommodations on the ACT, SAT, and in college. The educator session will include information on implementation in the classroom.
11/18/2017 Teaching Handwriting: Automaticity in Support of Reading and Spelling
Melinda Hirschmann, Ed.D.
The session will focus on reinforcing handwriting practice at home. Research has shown that direct instruction of handwriting is beneficial to literacy development for all students. It is a vital aspect of direct, explicit, multisensory instruction of literacy skills for students with characteristics of dyslexia. An overview of the principles in multisensory teaching of print and cursive will be shared.
12/9/2017 Basic Special Education Rights & IEP Planning (no registration fee)
Joey Ellis - STEP
Participants will gain a basic understanding of Special Education rights and laws and increase understanding of the development of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in this two-part workshop (both parents and educators are welcome). The morning session will focus on special education laws as well as the team-based development of an appropriate IEP. In the afternoon session, participants will work through the IEP document page-by-page while learning the different types of services offered through Special Education. Participants will gain an understanding of how to write effective and measurable IEP goals. Child-centered effective communication within the IEP team will also be addressed.

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Collaboration Workshops


   Study Skills a How-To Workshop (no registration fee)
   Nancy Coffman - Shelton School
   This workshop, based on the Shelton System for Organization for Study Skills, is designed to guide  
   parents in supporting organizational systems and strong strategies at home.
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