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Discover the program that teaches early care and education providers as well as parents how to foster early literacy skills in children ages five and under.


Reading and the Brain

DateMonday, July 16th, 2018 to Friday, July 20th, 2018
Time 8:30am to 4:00pm
Course Number1139
LocationStern Center for Language and Learning
183 Talcott Road
Suite 101
United States
Course Description

We’re sorry, but this class is full. We will offer this course again in the spring of 2019.

Humans are not hard-wired for reading, and yet many young children learn how to read at a basic level by the end of first grade. How does our primate brain learn how to read using the neural circuits that we are born with? What happens in the brain when the reading process goes awry? This interactive course is designed for elementary and middle school educators who wish to learn about the brain basis of reading and the implications of reading research for improving classroom instruction. Course participants will leave with an in-depth understanding of the key processes in early reading development: phonological awareness, phonology, reading and spelling development, reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Participants will take away practical strategies they can immediately implement with their students.

Course topics include:

  • Neuroscience of reading and dyslexia
  • Analysis of neuro-myths
  • Progression of phonological awareness and its role in reading development
  • Common phonological confusions and their impact on reading and spelling
  • Stages of reading and spelling development
  • The connection between reading and spelling
  • Building reading fluency
  • Robust vocabulary instruction
  • Understanding and improving reading comprehension

This course will occur over the following dates and times:

  • Monday, July 16, 2018, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 19, 2018, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Friday, July 20, 2018, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Required reading if taking the course for graduate credit: “Expert Perspectives on Interventions for Reading” by Moats, Dakin, & Joshi

You will need to purchase this book on your own for $23: https://dyslexiaida.org/product/expert-perspectives-on-interventions-for-reading


Jane Ashby, Ed.M., Ph.D.

Senior Director of Education

Jane Ashby, Ph.D., leads our Professional Learning Program. She holds advanced degrees in Education (Harvard) and Psychology (University of Massachusetts). Early in her career, Jane taught children and adults with reading difficulties in the Boston area, taught Writer’s Workshop, and performed educational assessments at Harvard Children’s Hospital. Later, she established a center in Ohio that provided staff development for educators, private tutoring, and summer programs for children who struggle with learning to read. As an Associate Professor of Psychology at Central Michigan University, Dr. Ashby directs a laboratory that studies how cognitive processes operate in real-time during silent reading. She also maintains an affiliation with Haskins Labs at Yale University. Her publications include several papers about the role of phonology in silent reading, a graduate text about reading processes, and book chapters about reading development. In addition, she is an experienced practitioner who has used several structured literacy approaches, including Orton-Gillingham, Wilson, LETRS, and Project Read. Jane enjoys supporting teachers as they grow pedagogical skills that empower all children to experience the joy of reading.

Required MaterialsIf taking the course for graduate credit, You will need to purchase this book on your own for $23: https://dyslexiaida.org/product/expert-perspectives-on-interventions-for-reading
AudienceClassroom teachers, interventionists, reading specialists, special educator, and other school personnel
Grade LevelK-6; Tiers 1, 2, and 3
Additional Information

This course is full

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