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Distinguishing Between Typically Developing English Learners (Els) and Students with Reading Difficulties

English learners (ELs) and students learning English as a second language need to simultaneously acquire interpersonal communication skills and respond to the demanding oral language requirements of academic language involved in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This awareness-level online learning module will explore the factors related to distinguishing between below-level linguistic…

Identifying Students Who are Gifted and Talented and Also Have Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) or SLD/Dyslexia

Schools can be challenged to meet the needs of students who are Gifted and Talented and who may also have a specific learning disability (SLD), including Dyslexia, that impacts their success in school. Many Gifted-SLD students are not identified until later in their educational career, which can affect their academic progress and self-concept. This awareness-level one-hour online module will…

Case Study Review of a Connecticut Student with SLD/Dyslexia

In this two-hour online learning module, Dr. Louise Spear-Swerling describes the educational profile of a Connecticut public school student identified with SLD/Dyslexia. She reviews family and educator concerns, assessment data, and team decision making, following the student’s trajectory of learning to read in the early elementary grades through high school transition. Participants completing…

It’s Never Too Late: How to Motivate and Teach Older Struggling Readers with SLD/Dyslexia

The literacy skills needed for success at the secondary level are complex and embedded in content subjects. The challenge for educators working with students with SLD/Dyslexia is to provide explicit structured literacy instruction, maintain the student’s access to general education content, and support their motivation to read and write. In this 2¼-hour online video learning course, Dr. Margie…

SLD/Dyslexia: Connecting Research to Practice in Connecticut

This advanced-level 12-hour professional learning opportunity is a comprehensive series of web-based learning modules that address the foundations of reading acquisition, identification of SLD/Dyslexia, and evidence-based instructional practices. It is intended for educators with a broad understanding of SLD/Dyslexia (including general and special education teachers, student support services…

Remediating and Accommodating Students with SLD/Dyslexia at the Secondary Level

School teams face multiple challenges in meeting the learning needs of secondary level students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)/Dyslexia. This archived webinar focuses on the specialized reading and writing instruction these students require and a range of low-to-high assistive technology (AT) that supports their access to general education standards. In addition, the webinar explores…

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