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Create Equitable Access for Students with Reading Deficits: Using Literature as a Vessel

Thursday, November 21, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Create Equitable Access for Students with Reading Deficits

Presented by Megan Steeves, Program Specialist, MTSS and 504 Coordinator, Lake Tahoe Unified School District
Hosted by Terrie Noland, Vice President, Educator Leadership & Learning, Learning Ally

Sponsored by Learning Ally

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This edWebinar provides insights and learning on how a school district with a diverse population of students created systematic change and redesigned their services and supports to meet the needs of their struggling readers and to ensure equitable access for all.

The following objectives are covered:

  • Overcoming the barriers associated with limited resources
  • Literacy Plan Overview: The promise of literacy and the equity imperative
  • Using an MTSS model to provide inclusive academic instruction
    • Comprehensive assessment system
    • Universal academic supports
    • Supplemental/intensified interventions and supports
    • Data-based conversations to guide instruction, identify students, and provide support for struggling readers
  • Importance of access to culturally relevant literature as a vessel for struggling readers across elementary, middle, and high school settings

Viewers will learn about the Lake Tahoe Unified School District’s literacy plan, strategies and best practices for implementation, tools, resources, and much more.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to elementary through high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.


Megan SteevesAbout the Presenter

Megan has been a teacher, special educator, coach, professional development facilitator, and leader for over 20 years. She has extensive experience in co-teaching; inclusive practices; instructional and administrative leadership; behavioral intervention techniques; best practices, strategies, and interventions; assessment; coaching and mentoring; and program and curriculum development. Megan has worked in diverse school environments from coast to coast and “up north” in Alaska and has a deep appreciation for the learning needs of struggling students and educators. She is passionate about equity for all students and actively works to offer access and pathways for all school stakeholders to succeed. Megan holds a B.S. in special education from the University of Utah, an M.A. in education administration from Morningside College, and has a California Administrative Services Credential. Megan lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not working with students or teachers she enjoys traveling and playing in Tahoe’s year-round playground.


About the Host

Terrie Noland’s greatest strengths lie in the ability to motivate, inspire, and create enthusiasm in others to be passionate educators that support the diverse needs of students. Terrie serves as the vice president of educator initiatives for Learning Ally, where she works to develop engagement programs, professional learning services and communities for educators. Her passion is working with educators to create dynamic classrooms, and recognizing educators in their tremendous efforts. Terrie has more than 25 years of experience as both a motivational leader and developer of content for educators and administrators. Her focus for the past six years has been on the pedagogical practices needed to create effective environments for struggling readers and students with dyslexia. She has the opportunity to lead and facilitate groups numbering in the thousands, helping to build better understanding of working with struggling readers and students with dyslexia. Terrie is certified as an academic language practitioner and is currently working towards a Ph.D. in literacy, with an emphasis in educational leadership from St. John’s University.


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Learning Ally is a leading education solutions organization committed to transforming the lives of struggling learners. The Learning Ally Audiobook Solution is a proven reading accommodation comprised of human-read audiobooks, student centric features and a suite of teacher resources. Used in more than 17,000 schools, this solution successfully helps students with reading deficits become engaged learners and reach their academic potential.



Thursday, November 21, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
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