Basic Facts about Assessment of Dyslexia: Testing for Teaching (K-12 and Adult)

Dates: August 4, 5, 2016
Times: 8:30am-4:30pm (workshops begins promptly at 8:30am)

This training will provide:
• the definition of dyslexia, a language-based learning disability, and reading disorders;
• information about the prevalence of dyslexia and reading disorders;
• a review of the federal special education law, IDEIA 2004, and its criteria for identification and remediation of diagnosed specific learning disabilities including dyslexia;
• a discussion of the new DSM-5 with information about assessment of specific learning disorders;
• a discussion of different types of assessment including universal screening, progress monitoring, outcomes testing, and in-depth diagnostic or clinical assessment;
• a component model of assessment of dyslexia and reading disorders focused on symptoms of dyslexia and language-based specific learning disabilities;
• suggested standardized assessment measures to assess differential symptoms of phonological core deficits in specific language-based learning disorders and dyslexia including phonemic awareness, phonological or language-based memory, and rapid automatic naming;
• suggested standardized assessment measures to assess phonics accuracy and automaticity, decoding, fluency, comprehension, spelling, writing, and receptive vocabulary;
• opportunities for hands-on examination and review of suggested standardized testing instruments used to assess phonological processing, reading, spelling, and writing;
• test kits commonly used for diagnosis of reading disorders will be on site and available for examination, observation, and supervised professional practice during the course;
• a brief overview of intellectual or cognitive assessment and math assessment; however, these tests will not be part of the supervised practice;
• diagnostic information to create remediation and accommodation plans for student with reading, spelling, and writing difficulties;
• sample case studies for elementary, middle school, high school, college level, and adult;
• professional and ethical guidelines governing the use of standardized assessment measures.


Important Information:

COST:
$325. $275 if two or more register from the same school or school district. The workshops include a light breakfast upon arrival, a mid morning snack and lunch. Payment is made to The Reading Institute.

GRADUATE CREDITS:
One graduate credit is available for $50 for the two day workshop. Payment is made to Endicott College on the first day of class.

PDPs:
15 Professional Development Points

COURSE MATERIALS (included):
ASSESSMENT: Basic Facts About Assessment of Dyslexia: Testing for Teaching (2014), Susan C. Lowell, Rebecca H. Felton, and Pamela E. Hook, Baltimore, MD: The International Dyslexia Association.

ENROLLMENT:
Register Early - Limited Enrollment

LOCATION:
The Reading Institute
430 Main Street
Williamstown, MA 01267

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
July 14, 2016

REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY:
Cancel 10 days prior to training and receive a refund minus a $50 service charge. No refund for cancellations made within 10 days of the training.

SUBSTITUTIONS:
Substitutions may be made. Please notify The Reading Institute, Inc. with the name of the alternate participant in advance.

CONFIRMATION/DIRECTIONS:
Confirmation and directions will be mailed to each participant. You are not registered unless you receive a confirmation letter.

ACCOMMODATIONS:
Reservations need to be made directly with the hotels. A lodging list will be sent with your confirmation. Specify you are with The Reading Institute when making reservations. Be sure to make lodging reservations early for best selection.


THE PRESENTER:
Susan C. Lowell, M.A., B.C.E.T.,
is a Fulbright Professor, directs Educational Therapy Associates specializing in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disorders and providing
educational evaluations, consultations, and advocacy. Ms. Lowell is a Simmons College adjunct faculty instructor in the graduate program, Language and Literacy. Ms. Lowell served as a Vice President of the Board of Directors of The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and President of The North Carolina Branch of IDA. Ms. Lowell served on a research project
at Duke University as a reading and literacy consultant and was appointed to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine as a Clinical Educational Diagnostician. Ms. Lowell serves as an Associate to the Advisory Committee on Exceptional Children of the Office of Overseas Schools, U.S. Department of State, working as a reading consultant for
the international schools. Ms. Lowell is a published author and an internationally recognized expert on specific learning disabilities including dyslexia. She has been a keynote speaker, symposium chair, and invited speaker at international and national conferences.