Understanding and Supporting Students with Dyslexia and Other Complex Reading Difficulties

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This 19-hour professional development course provides educators with practical strategies for supporting struggling readers and those with dyslexia. By combining evidence from education, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience coursework pieces together the educational elements that are critical for literacy achievement. 

The course is appropriate for practitioners who support students in elementary school including: classroom teachers, special educators, reading specialists, school psychologists, speech/language pathologists, tutors, and administrators.

Module 1: Background on the Reading Brain and Skills that Contribute to Reading Achievement (2 hours: Live) 

Module 2: A Preventative Approach to Reading Impairment: Early Literacy Assessments and Screening (2 hours: Asynchronous)

Module 3: Using Literacy Assessments for Tier 2 Instructional Decision-Making (2 hours: Live Online Instruction)

Module 4: Orthographic Mapping (5 hours: Self-guided)

Module 5: Literacy Strategies and Routines That Offer Targeted Support (2 hours: Live Instruction Online)

Module 6: Understanding Dyslexia: From Neural Signature to Remediation (2 hours: Live Instruction)

Module 7: Applying Knowledge to Case Studies (2 hours: Self-Guided)

Module 8: Bridging Research and Practice (2 hours: Live)



The course is delivered through 8 live and asynchronous modules that provide content through narrated powerpoints, instructional demonstrations, and supplemental readings.  


LIVE SESSIONS (10 hrs - via Zoom)

These weekly workshops will allow us the opportunity to come together as a learning community, explore new concepts, and practice instruction. Full participation in live sessions is required to receive PDPs at the conclusion of the course. 

Thursdays - 6 - 8pm

May 13, 2021

May 20, 2021

June 10, 2021

June 24, 2021

July 8, 2021



Three online course modules are available for participants to complete on their own schedule between May 13 - July 16, 2021. Many modules conclude with a brief quiz which can be taken repeatedly until mastery. 

Graduate Course Credit may be available, please email Melissa Orkin at [email protected] to learn more.


Enrollment Fee - $325, includes a course manual.

To pay with a purchase order please send an email to Melissa Orkin, [email protected]

*There is an additional fee for shipping to participants outside the U.S.



May 5, 2021