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45 Ways to Support Struggling Readers: A School-Wide Approach
Tuesday April 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Terrie Noland, Learning Ally National Director, Educator Engagement; and Kristy Mathieu, Kiker Elementary, Austin, TX
Sponsored by Learning Ally
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The statistics are staggering: More than 10 million American students struggle to read, but only 2.3 million are identified and even fewer receive special help. As school leaders, we need to bridge that gap by creating a culture of reading when reading is a barrier. We need to empower and support educators with school-wide programs that embrace different learning styles and prioritize continuity from one grade to the next. In this edWebinar, Learning Ally’s Terrie Noland, National Director of Educator Engagement, and Kristy Mathieu, third grade teacher at Kiker Elementary in Austin, TX, share:
- Examples of the fun and exciting ways you can build a culture of reading in your school (Have you ever considered bringing a furry friend into the school as a reading buddy? You just might when you learn what some schools are doing.)
- Actionable ideas and tips to invigorate your school and excite students to read when reading has been a struggle
K-12 general and special educators, administrators, SPED directors, principals, librarians, and learning/reading specialists will benefit from watching this recorded webinar.
About the Presenters
Terrie Noland is the National Director, Educator Engagement for Learning Ally. She has more than 22 years of experience as both a trainer and developer of content for educators and administrators. Her focus for the past five years has been on the pedagogical practices needed to create effective environments for students with dyslexia. Terrie has trained groups numbering in the thousands helping to build better understanding of working with struggling readers. She is currently pursuing certification as an academic language therapist.
Kristy Mathieu is a teacher at Kiker Elementary School in Austin, TX. She has led an initiative in her own 3rd grade general education classroom to create universally designed instructional practices so that all students, including those with learning disabilities, can succeed. As a certified academic language therapist, she integrates an Orton-Gillingham multisensory program as a center rotation in her classroom. In addition, she has created learning spaces with flexible seating that promote student independence and choice. Kristy’s teaching method, innovative practices, and love for teaching have been recognized by Austin ISD. Her classroom has become a model for others to follow.
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