Originally Broadcast on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

School teams face multiple challenges in meeting the learning needs of secondary-level students with SLD/Dyslexia. This live webinar focuses on the systems-level issues pertinent to providing accommodations and specialized reading and writing instruction for these students. A range of low-to-high assistive technology (AT) will be explored that can support students' access to general education curricular content. In addition, a Connecticut Director of Special Education will discuss her district-level strategy for building capacity to meet the needs of secondary students with SLD/Dyslexia. The structures of secondary education will be explored, including staffing and scheduling solutions unique to middle and high school programs.

Presenters will share information and their experience on these topics and respond to questions throughout the webinar. The webinar will be archived on both the CSDE and SERC websites following the live broadcast.

Webinar Archive

  • Introduction/Learner Objectives
  • 05:45 - Part 1: Middle and High School Students with SLD/Dyslexia
  • 53:45 - Part 2: Assistive Technology Supports for Secondary Students with SLD/Dyslexia
  • 1:33:00 - Part 3: Building Capacity: A CT Public School System's Experience

Handout downloads and Related links

  1. Powerpoint Presentation
  2. Assessing Students’ Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNAT)
  3. Connecticut Assistive Technology Guidelines
  4. Improving Special Education: DMC’s Best Practices for Cost Effectively Raising Achievement
  5. Tech Tools for Students with DYSLEXIA (NEAT)
  6. Universal Design for Learning Guidelines

  10. Specific Learning Disability/Dyslexia: Frequently Asked Questions
  11. International Dyslexia Association - Effective Reading Instruction
  12. Strategic Instruction Model
  13. Word Generation
  14. Reciprocal Teaching
  15. CT Assistive Technology Guidelines (external link)
  16. Dyslexia App Wheel
  17. International Dyslexia Association
  18. National Center on Intensive Intervention
  19. Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia
  20. Read&Write for Google Chrome Quick Reference Guide
  21. Reciprocal Teaching
  22. Shanahan, T. & Shanahan, C. (2008). Teaching disciplinary literacy to adolescents.
  23. Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Our Presenters

Margie Gillis, Ed.D.
President & Founder, Literacy How

Jane Lefante, M.S. Ed., CAPS
Assistive Technology Specialist
New England Assistive Technology (NEAT), at Oak Hill

Allison Van Etten
Director of Special Services
Stonington Public Schools

  • For registration questions, please contact Nattaneal Wilson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (860) 632-1485 ext. 268
  • For content questions, please contact Donna Merritt Ph.D., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phone: (860) 632-1485 ext. 337

Certificates of Attendance & Group Viewing

Viewing as a group is welcome; only one group member needs to register unless certificates of attendance are desired.

Optional certificates of attendance will be issued only when requested in advance, during the registration process. If viewing as a group, all participants who desire a certificate of attendance must register for the webinar individually.

SERC will not issue certificates of attendance to viewers who are not individually pre-registered.