PL-CI-208 One in Ten: Understanding Dyslexia (PK-12)


PL-CI-208 One in Ten: Understanding Dyslexia (PK-12)

Thursday, March 23, 2017            3:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 6, 2017                3:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. (for 6-12 Educators only)

Thursday, April 27, 2017              3:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. (for PK-5 Educators only)

Total: 5 hours

According to statistics, as many as 1 in 10 students may have some form of dyslexia. Although most people have some knowledge, many often assume that students with dyslexia read backwards and confuse their b/d’s and p/q’s.  While this may be true for some students, dyslexia is so much more complex, and the level of severity can vary, as well as the obstacles students with dyslexia face.

In this 2-part interactive workshop open to all educators, participants will become familiar with current research, understand the hallmark characteristics of students with dyslexia across the grades, and learn about best classroom practices for supporting all students. During the second session, participants will learn age- and developmentally-appropriate instructional strategies for increasing student success through best practices across subject areas and grade levels.

Participants will:

  • Experience what it is like to have dyslexia (mild to severe)
  • Understand the characteristic strengths & challenges of students with dyslexia
  • Learn about current research in the field
  • Learn general guidelines/principles for teaching students with dyslexia
  • Learn best teaching practices that will increase the success of students with dyslexia as well as that of all learners within general education classes

About the Facilitator:

Wendy A. Stacey, M.S. is the Director of Reading at the Institute for Learning and Development in Lexington, MA. She holds her master’s degree in learning disabilities, is a certified special educator, and has been teaching for over 20 years. In her current position, she assesses and instructs students with language-based learning disabilities as well as provides consultation services with surrounding public and private schools. She has been a researcher with the Drive to Thrive and SMARTS projects, which involve designing, teaching strategies, and building leadership skills to students to Boston Public Schools. She co-authored a language arts curriculum to meet both the Massachusetts standards and the needs for language based learning disabled students. She is also a contributing author to the recent publication, Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom.

Previously, Ms. Stacey taught oral expression and language arts to elementary and middle school students at Landmark School as well as literature and composition to adolescents at the Carroll School; private schools for students with specific language-based learning disabilities.  She has also been a resource room teacher in a number of public schools. Ms. Stacey has been formally trained in the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program (LiPS), Orton-Gillingham Reading Approach, Wilson Reading System, and Project Read. She has also presented workshops at the Learning Differences Conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and taught at the MGH Institute for Health Professions graduate school.

Who May Enroll:  Grades PreK-12 Educators, Administrators

Location: Central Administration and Professional Development, Room 1

PDPs/Credits:   5

Class Size: 30


Kristen McGrath
Phone: 781-861-2580


Seat Availability: 0 of 30 seats available. 8 users on waiting list.
Last day to register: 3/16/2017

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Central Administration and Professional Development Center, Room 1
146 Maple Street
Lexington, MA 02420The zipcode must be numeric with at least five numbers.