Understanding Dyslexia in the Classroom
Hillside School Professional Development for Educators
This fifteen-hour, two-day course is designed to help educators gain a greater understanding of dyslexia and how it impacts students in the classroom, specifically in the areas of reading and written language. Course content will address the following three areas:
- What is dyslexia? This module will highlight common indicators of dyslexia at various age-groups, how dyslexia can contribute to student dysregulation, and best practices for teaching dyslexic learners.
- What makes an effective reading intervention program? In this module, participants will learn strategies to improve phonological awareness, decoding, spelling, and reading fluency in classroom instruction, and identify when more intensive intervention is necessary.
- Why is writing so difficult for the dyslexic student? Educators will increase their understanding of the neurological demands of writing and learn techniques and strategies to support struggling writers.
Upon completion of this course, educators will be able to describe the challenges that a dyslexic learner faces in the classroom, understand how a dyslexic student learns best, and implement instructional strategies in reading and writing that will help their students experience greater success.
This course is taught over two days.
*Graduate credit available for an additional fee through Adam’s State University
What people are saying about this course:
“I feel like I am taking SO many tools and resources back the classroom!”
“All the pieces of the course worked well together to provide a deeper and clearer understanding of dyslexia.”
“Incredible knowledge base. You covered an amazing amount of information in an approachable way.”
Additional classes offered for Summer 2019:
Decoding decoding, an in depth study of the rules of decoding and spelling
Target Audience: Reading interventionists, elementary school teachers, tutors
While all students benefit from explicit, sequential phonics and decoding instruction, for students with dyslexia it is critical. This two-day class is an in-depth study of the decoding and spelling rules of the English language. Participants will not only increase their own knowledge base, but also create a resource to of instructional stories and techniques to use in the classroom.
Topics will include:
- Intensive study of letters and letter patterns with their sounds and spelling rules
- Stories, rhymes, or visuals to use while teaching in order to increase student learning
- Understanding the six syllable types and applying them to effectively decode and spell multisyllabic words
- An appropriate sequence for instruction
- Activities for initial instruction and ongoing reinforcement
Building number sense and foundational skills
Target Audience: Grades K–6 general education and special education teachers and math interventionists
This two-day, interactive workshop will focus on the difficulties so many students with learning disabilities face when it comes to understanding numbers and the too-often abstract nature of math. Through hands-on activities and example lessons, we will explore how to develop a deeper understanding of the number concepts upon which all math instruction is based.
Topics will include:
- The neuroscience of math learning and its application in the classroom
- Understanding how learning disabilities affect math skills and conceptual understanding
- Building a rich conception of numbers and how they can be constructed and deconstructed
- Using tactile, visual, and verbal tools to enhance learning through multiple modalities
- Alternatives to teaching traditional algorithms for multiplication, division, decimals, and fractions.