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Strategies and Supports for Spanish-Speaking Struggling Readers

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Strategies and Supports for Spanish-Speaking Struggling Readers

Presented by Nelda Reyes, Dyslexia/Intervention Teacher; and Alexis Juusola, Academic Services, Education Specialist Field Support, Region 13 Education Service Center

Sponsored by Learning Ally

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Reading difficulties, such as dyslexia, cross ethnic and linguistic lines. With proper instruction and accommodations, students can be remediated. In some cases, Spanish-Speaking English Learners who struggle to read are exhibiting an underlying reading deficit but are often overlooked when searching for causes of illiteracy. Confusion about this, or even a misdiagnosis of the situation could prevent students from achieving their full academic potential or to even fail classes. With the right strategies and supports, however, these students can improve their decoding, fluency and comprehension skills, setting them on a path toward academic and social-emotional success. Let’s consider ways to support and coach our students to empower themselves as learners!

This edWebinar will help educators:

  • Understand the relationship between the Spanish language and phonological processing
  • Be aware of assistive technologies that improve reading comprehension
  • Identify instructional strategies to try with your Spanish-speaking students
  • Empower students to become engaged learners

This edWebinar will be of interest to elementary through high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of the presentation.

About the Presenters

Nelda Reyes has 23 years of teaching experience. Her early years began as a 1st grade classroom bilingual teacher laying the foundation for reading in both English and Spanish. She has served in many capacities in her teaching career that include special education resource/co-teacher for grades K-5. She has been a reading specialist and is currently a dyslexia/intervention teacher. She holds an undergraduate degree in speech pathology and certifications in early childhood, bilingual/ESL, special education, master reading teacher and is also a Wilson dyslexia therapist.


Alexis Juusola is currently an Ed.D. candidate at Concordia University Austin. Her research focuses on effective curriculum and instructional practices for students with dyslexia, the Universal Design for Learning framework, data literacy, and assistive technology practices. She also earned her M.Ed. from Concordia University with a masters case study titled, Effectiveness of Spanish Intervention to Improve Phonemic Awareness, Concept of Print and Decoding. She is currently the master reading teacher education specialist at Education Service Center Thirteen, to prepare classroom teachers to design and implement reading instruction to addresses the varied learning needs of all students with reading difficulties, dyslexia and reading disabilities.


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Wednesday, August 7, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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