Improving Two Pillars of Reading: Fluency and Comprehension

The National Reading Panel (2001) identified five pillars of effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. The workshop will focus on supplemental instruction for struggling readers in grades 1-5 for two of those pillars: reading fluency and comprehension.

The workshop will utilize the Rite Flight programs based on current scientific research and developed at the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Attendees will receive a copy of these supplemental programs and will have time each day to practice implementation of the procedures.

Educators will be able to take the materials and procedures back to the classroom for application with students who struggle with fluency, comprehension, or both. The programs can be used to support struggling readers with explicit instruction in whole class or small group settings in the tiers. (Note: these are supplemental programs; attendees will not receive training in comprehensive, dyslexia-specific intervention.)

Presenters:
Karen Avrit, M.Ed., CALT, Q.I.
Director of Dyslexia Education, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Lead Author of Rite Flight: A Classroom Reading Rate Program and Rite Flight: A Classroom Comprehension Program

Timothy Odegard, Ph.D., CALP 
Professor of Psychology, Chairholder, Murfree Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies
Middle Tennessee State University

Jennifer Cooper, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Educational Services and Research Initiatives
MTSU Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia

Melinda Hirschmann, Ed.D.
Assistant Director for Educational Services and School Outreach
MTSU Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia

Thursday, October 19, 2017 & Friday, October 20, 2017
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Middle Tennessee State University
McWherter Learning Resources Center
Registration Fee: $290.00 (includes lunch)

 

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