Special Educators' Series:

Instructing & Supporting Students with Reading Disabilities

The purpose of the cohort is to deepen educators’ knowledge of literacy development, assessment, and scientifically-based reading instruction. Additional components include content to support the development of a student reading profile, the identification of appropriate instruction and accommodations, and the determination of attainable and ambitious goals with alignment to progress monitoring tools.


  • Describe how reading skill develops based on scientific models
  • Strengthen understanding and interpretation of assessment information
  • Develop expertise in the use of data to support instructional decision-making
  • Identify characteristics of word recognition and comprehension difficulties, and align appropriate instructional strategies and interventions
  • Engage in multi-sensory and structured literacy instruction approaches
  • Explore the role of assistive technology in supporting literacy
  • Identify essential components of writing instruction

Intended Audience:

This series is intended for K-12 special education teachers supporting students with dyslexia, reading disabilities, and students with other disabilities who struggle with reading, including students with autism or intellectual disability.

*Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions. Meetings will occur via Zoom (fall semester) and in-person (spring semester).

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Traci Seibert traci.seibert@aiu3.net

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Registration deadline is September 23, 2021

All sessions are 9:00AM-3:00PM

*This will register you for ALL 10 sessions. You will receive zoom links for the other dates at your sessions.

September 30, 2021 (Virtual)

Session 1: Exploring Reading Development and LETRS Module 1 The Challenge of Learning to Read Part 1

Content: An exploration of the theoretical models of reading and the science of the reading brain.

October 20, 2021 (Virtual)

Session 2: LETRS Module 1 The Challenge of Learning to Read Part 2 and Understanding Dyslexia

Content: Phases of reading development and an exploration of characteristics of dyslexia and reading disability sub-types.

November 9, 2021 (Virtual)

Session 3: Literacy Assessment: Interpreting Evaluation Reports and the Importance of Diagnostic Data

Content: Interpreting existing assessment data and the role of additional diagnostic information in prescribing interventions and supports.

December 1, 2021 (Virtual)

Session 4: Phonology: Assessment and Instruction

Content: The importance of phonological processing in foundational reading development, the

phonemes of English, and best practices for teaching and assessing phonology.

January 5, 2022 (In-Person)

Session 5: Basic Phonics: Structured Literacy Instruction, Phoneme-Grapheme Correspondence and Syllable Types

Content: English spelling patterns and rules, and the design and delivery of structured literacy instruction to support word recognition.

February 10, 2022 (In-Person)

Session 6: Advanced Phonics: Structured Literacy Instruction and Morphology

Content: Word study including syllable division, Latin roots, affixes, and advanced spelling rules.

March 24, 2022 (In-Person)

Session 7: Comprehension Challenges: Vocabulary and Background Knowledge and LETRS Module 6 Digging for Meaning Part 1

Content: An exploration of the upper strands of the reading rope, the challenge of academic written language, the importance of vocabulary and background knowledge, and establishing routines for vocabulary instruction.

March 31, 2022 (In-Person)

Session 8: Comprehension Challenges: Text Comprehension and LETRS Module 6 Digging for

Meaning Part 2

Content: Supporting reading comprehension through instruction in the syntax of academic written language, tools for narrative and expository text structures, and Assistive Technology tools to access text.

April 7, 2022 (In-Person)

Session 9: Developing a Reading Profile: Aligning Goals and Instruction

Content: Composing a student literacy profile to align assessment, instruction, and supports. Developing meaningful, measurable goals and progress monitoring tools.

May 24, 2022 (In-Person)

Session 10: Supporting Writing Skill Development

Content: An exploration of the Simple View of Writing, the skills required in writing, dysgraphia, and effective instruction and supports including assistive technology.

Content Questions Contact:

Kate Stuckey katherine.stuckey@aiu3.net

Registration questions:

Traci Seibert traci.seibert@aiu3.net