Institute for Educational Development

Live Online
7:00 am – 1:30 pm

February 7, 2023

$279.00 per person

Dyslexia And Specially Designed Instruction: Help Struggling Readers Thrive

NEW Seminar Presented By
Nancy Hannagan

Award-Winning Teacher and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Students in Grades K-6: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Instructional Assistants, Interventionists, and Administrators

  • Practical strategies for specially designed instruction that build literacy skills for all students, especially those with dyslexia
  • Best strategies for dyslexia including practical suggestions for your reading instruction
  • Obtain dozens of easily implemented strategies that work for students who have or may have dyslexia
  • Practical ideas for helping all struggling readers in your classroom using specially designed instruction

Practical Strategies

Are you looking for the most effective ways to better help your students who may have dyslexia to be more successful readers through specially designed instruction? In this NEW seminar by Nancy Hannagan, you’ll learn the most up-to-date information on dyslexia along with a wealth of proven strategies and resources designed to support greater success for struggling readers including students with dyslexia. The focus will be on best practices for strengthening the reading skills of students with dyslexia through specially designed instruction. Gain a wealth of practical strategies for boosting reading skills and increasing students’ motivation to read. If you are looking for research-based strategies that can easily be implemented into your current classroom instruction, this engaging one-day seminar will provide best practices for successful specially designed reading instruction. By the end of the seminar, you will leave with dozens of practical, effective strategies and an extensive digital resource handbook to help you reach all struggling readers in your classroom.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Help Your Struggling Readers Using Specially Designed Instruction
    Learn direct and explicit multisensory teaching techniques you can use immediately to help students with dyslexia … Research-based ideas you can implement into your current practice
  2. Boost Critical Foundational Reading Skills Through Specially Designed Instruction
    Gain a wealth of specially designed strategies for building foundational literacy skills for students with dyslexia
  3. Learn How to Quickly Screen Struggling Readers for Dyslexia
    Learn how to define and screen for dyslexia and gain teacher-tested diagnostic tools you can use tomorrow
  4. Create Specially Designed Instruction Strategies for Struggling Readers, Including Those with Dyslexia
    Learn practical techniques for assisting your struggling readers through specially designed instruction
  5. Strengthen the Main Literacy Areas Causing Your Students’ Reading Struggles
    Learn instructional strategies to strengthen specific brain pathways that are weak in struggling readers, especially those with dyslexia … Practical ways to strengthen your students’ ability to read
  6. Practical Word Recognition Techniques That Will Help Your Students Succeed
    Gain research-based instructional techniques that help all students learn the phonics patterns necessary for the development of strong word recognition skills, especially helpful for students with dyslexia
  7. Boost Your Struggling Students’ Letter-Sound Association Skills
    Your students will read and comprehend more when they spend less effort on decoding … Learn practical ways to boost the skills necessary to focus on meaning more and decoding less
  8. Help Students Who Have Fallen Behind to Close the Gap
    Learn practical strategies that students can use independently to overcome gaps in their reading ability
  9. Help Struggling Readers Stay Motivated to Read
    Learn motivational techniques that are proven to assist struggling readers … Help them gain greater confidence and better enjoy the benefits of reading
  10. Receive a Comprehensive Dyslexia 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 support the reading and spelling success of your students with dyslexia

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Practical and applicable definition of dyslexia
  • Techniques for implementing proven Specially Designed Instruction intervention strategies
  • Realistic ways to assess for the characteristics of dyslexia in the classroom
  • Research-based strategies to help students who have or may have dyslexia read more successfully
  • Classroom-tested techniques that you can easily incorporate into your current instruction that will improve reading skills for your struggling readers
  • Specific activities to promote advanced phonemic awareness skills critical for success with all students and especially those with dyslexia
  • Specific activities to promote mastery of the major areas of literacy skills needed for success with all students, especially those with dyslexia
  • How to motivate struggling readers, including those with dyslexia, to become more fluent readers
  • Classroom activities that can be easily incorporated into your current instruction to better support struggling readers
  • Ways to improve areas that are typically weak in children with dyslexia
  • Exceptional research-based teaching techniques and tools for strengthening your students’ reading, proficiency in grades K-6
  • Strategies for providing specifically designed instruction to directly meet the needs of struggling readers

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As teachers, we strive to provide the very best reading instruction for all the students in our classroom, especially for those who are struggling to read. This daunting task faces us every day, and we wonder what we can do after we’ve exhausted our bag of tricks, and some of our students continue to struggle with reading. We know there must be a better way to meet the specific needs of our struggling readers, especially those who have or may have dyslexia. We also know that when a student in our class has been diagnosed with a learning disorder, Specially Designed Instruction is the key to their success.

During this unique one-day seminar, I will share many helpful ways to better meet the needs of your students who have or may have dyslexia. You will learn practical screening tools and discover how to incorporate proven instructional strategies into your current specially designed instruction, and ways to enhance your current practice without having to reinvent anything! We will also discuss specific ways to improve all your students’ motivation to read, including students who are currently experienced reading roadblocks.

My goal is to provide you with practical techniques and strategies that are proven to be effective for struggling readers, including those with dyslexia. I would like to personally invite you to join me in building your tool kit of strategies to assist your students in reaching their reading goals. I look forward to meeting you at the seminar!

Nancy Hannagan

P.S. As an experienced educator, I understand the unique challenges you face daily in your instruction. This seminar is designed to give you and your students with dyslexia a clear pathway to reading success!

Who Should Attend

Educators Serving Students in Grades K-6: Classroom Teachers, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Instructional Assistants, Interventionists, 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:
    • Practical, research-based teaching techniques and classroom activities for supporting students who have or may have dyslexia
    • Important information on what dyslexia is, and how to screen struggling readers
    • Information to share with colleagues on how to assist struggling readers through specially designed instruction
    • Practical ways to maximize your instructional strategies in the classroom
    • Games and activities to reinforce and motivate all readers
  2. Meet and Share
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their reading programs.
  3. Consultation Available
    Nancy Hannagan 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.