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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 DescriptionHumans 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
Tiers I, II, and III.

Jane Ashby, Ph.D.

Jane Ashby holds advanced degrees in Education (Harvard) and Psychology (University of Massachusetts). She is the co-author of Psychology of Reading (2016) as well as several research articles and book chapters. In addition to teaching at the Stern Center for Language and Learning, she works as an Associate Professor of Psychology at Central Michigan University. Her research measures eye movements and brain activity in order to study cognitive processes during silent reading. Dr. Ashby began her career by teaching children and adults with reading difficulties in the Boston area. She later established a reading clinic in Ohio that provided staff development, after school tutoring, and summer programs to help children with reading disabilities.

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
Additional Information

Three graduate credits through Castleton University are optional for an additional $570.

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

Click here to register.

Please have a credit card ready to use or a copy of your PO ready to upload when you register.

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By far, I have never taken another course that stands up to the instruction I received during my Orton-Gillingham training in the summer. I cannot speak highly enough of the instructors I have had over the course of two years.

- Linda E. Beaudet // Orton-Gillingham Practicum Teacher