Workshops Available for Tennessee School Systems

To support school personnel in their work with students who experience significant difficulty acquiring grade level skills in reading and spelling , the Center offers professional development in the area of reading and reading disabilities. Workshops are provided at a nominal cost to schools and organizations within Tennessee. 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).

To schedule a workshop please complete the workshop planning form.

The Center also provides workshops to groups outside of Tennessee. Please contact the Center for information about these training oppurtunities.

Descriptions of the workshops we offer are provided below:

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.)

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.