Institute for Educational Development

Live Online
6:00 am – 12:30 pm

January 10, 2023

$279.00 per person

DYSLEXIA: Practical Methods to Improve Student Outcomes (Grades 6-12)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Karla O'Brien

Outstanding Educator and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for Educators serving students in Grades 6-12: English/Language Arts Teachers, Reading Teachers, Reading Specialists, Interventionists, Literacy Coaches, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Instructional Assistants, and Administrators

  • Up-to-date information on dyslexia with practical strategies for improving student outcomes in grades 6-12
  • Practical strategies for more effectively teaching your students with dyslexia
  • Increase success for all your students who have reading difficulties
  • What dyslexia is, how to recognize it, and ways to help your students achieve better outcomes

Practical Strategies

For students in grades 6-12 with dyslexia, it can be extremely difficult to fully benefit from the instruction we provide each day. By the time a dyslexic student has reached middle school or high school, many have become discouraged knowing they did not learn to read and write as successfully as their peers. The good news is that there is a way to reach these students and increase their literacy outcomes! We now know how to rewire the brain for better reading and improved outcomes in literacy development. Through a multi-sensory, systematic, and structured approach, even students beyond the “learning to read” years of their education can still learn to read and get the most out of their educational experience. This outstanding, NEW one-day seminar by Karla O’Brien is designed for grades 6-12 educators to gain the powerful tools and techniques needed to effectively improve outcomes for our most reading challenged readers, especially those with dyslexia.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Help Your Students with Dyslexia Experience Greater Success
    Learn strategies and techniques to provide struggling readers with the critical information they need to keep pace … Help your students achieve better academic and social outcomes
  2. Understand How to Better Assess Students for Dyslexia
    Save precious teaching time by learning what to focus on for your students with dyslexia … Learn the critical components needed to screen for dyslexia and practical diagnostic tools you can use in your classroom
  3. Detect Subtle Student Behaviors that May Indicate Signs of Dyslexia
    Learn to recognize struggling readers who may be “hiding in plain sight” and gain helpful strategies to support them in overcoming learning difficulties and achieve improved outcomes
  4. Build Critical Foundational Skills for Your Students Impacted by Dyslexia
    Gain a wealth of strategies for building foundational literacy skills for students with dyslexia … Learn practical ways to incorporate meaningful accommodations and interventions into your existing lessons
  5. Strengthen Brain Pathways to Help Your Students with Dyslexia Achieve at Higher Levels
    Understand how reading develops in both the typical reader’s brain and the dyslexic reader’s brain and learn simple techniques to improve key brain pathways leading to improved outcomes
  6. Techniques to Strengthen Your Students’ Word Recognition Skills
    Stronger word recognition can make a big difference in overall content comprehension … Gain research-based instructional techniques that can help your students improve sound-letter associations and patterns critical to the development of strong word recognition skills
  7. Discover the Benefits of Instruction Suited to the Needs of Students with Dyslexia
    Learn a practical process to identify your students’ areas of need and how to group your students more effectively for optimized instruction … How to meet your students where they are in ways that can dramatically improve both learning and behavior outcomes
  8. Proven Techniques for Improving Vocabulary, Spelling and Comprehension
    Gain a better understanding of how morphological knowledge can impact vocabulary development, spelling, and comprehension for your struggling readers and what you can do to help them
  9. Improve Your Dyslexic Readers’ Learning Outcomes with Multisensory Instructional Strategies
    Enhance your students’ memory and promote more robust learning outcomes using practical multisensory instructional strategies to reinforce reading skills … Help your students with dyslexia experience greater success in reading
  10. Receive a Comprehensive Digital Resource Handbook
    Return to your school with an extensive dyslexia digital resource handbook filled with ideas, strategies and step-by-step instructions designed to help you improve outcomes for your students with dyslexia

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • The latest information on brain pathways critical to successful reading and spelling and what this means for instruction with dyslexic and other struggling readers
  • Research-based teaching techniques for reinforcing and strengthening your 6-12 students’ reading proficiency
  • Learn what dyslexia is and what it isn’t
  • How to develop a plan of action for students who have or may have dyslexia
  • Explore the framework and practical methods of multisensory structured literacy for improved learning outcomes
  • Simple ways to determine the critical reading needs of students in your classroom
  • Activities to increase engagement and improve learning outcomes for students who may have dyslexia
  • How to assess your students’ skills in the most important areas related to reading decoding and spelling
  • Explicit, brain-based instructional strategies that enhance memory and promote robust learning outcomes
  • How to implement highly successful intervention strategies
  • Specific activities to promote advanced phonemic awareness skills critical for success for students with dyslexia
  • How to determine what type of reading instruction benefits different types of readers
  • Proven instructional sequences that build strong reading and spelling skills
  • Multisensory instruction strategies to aid in the retrieval of reading and spelling skills
  • Simple classroom routines that you can easily incorporate into your current literacy instruction that will solidify reading and spelling skills
  • Evidence-based instructional techniques that help all students acquire new information in content-area subjects, but are especially supportive of students with dyslexia and related reading impairments

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Navigating the realm of dyslexia can be as frustrating for the teacher as it can be for the student. Being natural helpers, we can become disheartened when all our efforts lead to minimal student progress. Still, students with dyslexia walk through our classroom doors every day. In fact, one in five students have some degree of dyslexia, and we know that if they do not receive appropriate instruction during their developmental years of reading acquisition, their struggles will continue throughout middle school and high school, potentially leading to poor academic performance, decreased self-worth and increased behavioral concerns. Reading challenges can also send students down the wrong path into adulthood. But there is good news for students with dyslexia… We now know how to effectively improve their reading outcomes! I have created this one-day seminar to share the practical ideas and strategies you can use help your struggling readers finally experience success at school.

Together, we will get a glimpse of cutting-edge research and learn how to not only rewire our students’ brains for reading but also use evidencebased highly practical strategies and practices to accelerate reading acquisition and drastically improve outcomes of even the most challenged reader. I will share proven strategies and instructional tools and materials that you can immediately implement to impact your students’ overall reading growth. Additionally, you will learn how to use quick and easy assessments to help pinpoint the typical and sometimes nuanced reading problems students with dyslexia face and the practical instructional methods you can use to solve them.

Literacy has the power to open a student’s world. I have experienced its positive effect on hundreds of students over the course of my career, and my passion is to provide fellow teachers with the knowledge and tools to impact their students in the same way. Through much research and evidence, I am confident that every individual can receive the gift of literacy.

Karla O’Brien, M.Ed.

P.S. The seminars I have found most valuable are those that I leave with the understanding of how to put my learning into practice the next day. I have designed this informative DYSLEXIA seminar with that goal in mind for you.

Who Should Attend

Educators serving students in Grades 6-12: English/Language Arts Teachers, Reading Teachers, Reading Specialists, Interventionists, Literacy Coaches, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Instructional Assistants, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Highly effective, engaging, and interactive instructional techniques that increase vocabulary knowledge and promote comprehension of content area subjects
    • Research-based teaching techniques and highly practical classroom activities for supporting students who have or may have dyslexia
    • Important information on what dyslexia is, what it isn’t, and how to identify students who can benefit the most from these instructional techniques
    • Information to share with colleagues on reading pathways in the brain and how to build those pathways for literacy success
    • Age-appropriate methods to strengthen the reading outcomes of your secondary students with dyslexia and other reading difficulties
  2. Meet and Share
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested practical strategies for more effectively teaching their students with dyslexia.
  3. Consultation Available
    Karla O’Brien will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  5. 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.