Staff Development Opportunities for School Systems in Tennessee

Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia
Middle Tennessee State University

200 N. Baird Lane
MTSU Box 397
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
(615) 494-8880

dyslexia@mtsu.edu
http://www.mtsu.edu/dyslexia

Workshops Available for Tennessee School Systems

The Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia at MTSU is a state funded agency whose mission is to support school personnel in their work with students who experience significant difficulty acquiring grade level skills in reading and spelling.One of the services offered through the Center is professional development in the area of reading and reading disabilities.Descriptions of the workshops we will be offering this school year are provided below.

Whenever possible, the Center staff will work with school system personnel to plan a workshop related to dyslexia, reading, or other literacy skills that meets the needs of the system. Workshops are provided at a *nominal cost.

To schedule a workshop please contact Debbie Bauder at Debbie.Bauder@mtsu.edu.

In addition to workshops, the Center now offers an online/On-Demand course (about 30 clock hours) for school personnel. Information about this course is provided following the workshop descriptions in this announcement.

*The TN Center for Dyslexia charges a professional fee of $200 per half-day, $350 per full-day, and $700 per 2-day workshop plus reimbursement, at state rates, of expenses (mileage, meals, lodging, copying).


Dyslexia: An Overview

This workshop presents an overview of the reading disability, dyslexia. Information will be presented on the characteristics of dyslexia, methods used to identify dyslexia, how students with dyslexia may be served in school, types of instructional materials recommended for intervention, and classroom accommodations that help students with dyslexia.


The Essential Components of Effective Reading Instruction

This is a 2-day workshop addressing the essential components of reading instruction in early grades. The first day addresses (1) the updated National Reading Panel report, (2) phonological and phonemic skills, (3) phonics and decoding, and (4) fluency. The second day focuses on (1) vocabulary, (2) comprehension (3) spelling and (4) writing. This workshop is geared for general education teachers, special education teachers, reading instructors, speech language therapists and includes demonstrations of materials for tiered instruction. (This workshop can be divided into 2 one-day workshops to be offered at different times.)


The Unique Role of Speech Pathologists in Literacy (6-hour total)

This 1-day workshop explores the knowledge base and skills that a speech-language pathologist can bring to literacy development. The individual components of effective reading instruction will be examined through the unique lens of the speech-language pathologist for use in the traditional pull-out model of therapy as well as a more inclusionary model. The areas addressed will be: phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension and writing. Thematic units will be used for hands-on creation of therapy plans.


Using Assessment to Program Intervention

This workshop for educators will present ways to identify students at risk of reading difficulty and to determine the cause(s) of reading difficulty for an individual child. Teachers will learn how to use progress monitoring data and other classroom assessments to determine student needs and to choose appropriate reading and spelling interventions for students in any tier. Components of effective reading instruction, as described by the National Reading Panel, will also be included.


Using Text-Based Instruction to Teach Reading and Writing

This 1-day workshop covers the processes of both fluent and struggling readers, components of effective reading instruction, and informal assessment. Basal reading programs (specific to the district when possible) will be used to design and differentiate instruction.


Oral Language, Phonological Awareness, and Literacy

This half-day workshop is designed to build knowledge of oral language and phonological awareness as the foundational supports for literacy development. Participants will be able to take away lesson plans for immediate implementation.


Dyslexia Overview for Educators

This 1-day workshop will present ways to identify students at risk of reading difficulty and to determine the cause(s) of reading difficulty for an individual child. Teachers will learn how to use progress monitoring data and other classroom assessments to determine student needs and to choose appropriate reading and spelling interventions for students in any tier. Components of effective reading instruction, as described by the National Reading Panel, will also be included.


Overview of Orton-Gillingham Approach to Dyslexia

This 1-day workshop briefly explores the history of the Orton-Gillingham Approach, an overview of the reading process, and characteristics of Dyslexia. The 10-step lesson plan used to move children from spoken language to written language will be taught and a lesson plan will be developed for immediate implementation.


Another Professional Development Opportunity; Online, On-Demand

An On-Demand course, Improving Instruction for Students with Dyslexia, is available now through the University College at MTSU. This course was developed by the staff at the Center for Dyslexia and subjected to extensive field testing.Dyslexia affects 10 to 15% of the population.The course requires about 30 clock hours to complete.Knowledge of content presented is assessed at the end of each of the four (4) sections or modules; identifying students with dyslexia, testing for dyslexia, interventions for dyslexia, accommodations to support learning. A Certificate of completion and 4 CEUs are awarded upon successful completion. The individual registration fee is $150. However, a special registration rate of $100 per person is available to schools purchasing at least 10 slots.For more information go to www.dyslexiaprofdev.org and click on About the Course for a 4 to 5 minute overview.