Dyslexia Friendly Classroom Summit
This 30-hour training summit is intended for classroom teachers who desire to understand better the possibilities for small but indispensable changes in their classrooms which can make a world of difference for students with dyslexia. The course includes lecture/discussion with different experts in education, re-working of existing lesson plans, plus hands-on creation of materials to support the altered lesson plans.
Upon completion of this course, participants may receive two renewal credits toward renewing their Iowa Teaching License or 30 contact hours of continuing education credit toward renewing their AACS certification.
Class size is limited to 25, so don’t delay!
- Training and materials, On-Campus Apartment housing (shared room), and meals—$625
- Training and materials only—$450
A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due with registration. Balance is due May 31, 2022. All payments are made to FBBC. The $625 cost is inclusive of training and materials, housing Monday night through Thursday night, and meals at Benson Dining Hall for Tuesday breakfast through Friday lunch. For those staying off campus, the training cost includes training and materials. For those staying off campus, meals at Benson Dining Hall may be purchased as needed ($9.50 per meal).
Cindy Hall, the founding director of the Dyslexia Center at Lindsay Lane Christian Academy, has 17 years of teaching experience with elementary students and another 16 years focused on teaching specifically dyslexic learners. She is a graduate of Faith Baptist Bible College with post graduate work in special education at Iowa State University, as well as many training hours in the Orton-Gillingham approach for dyslexic learners. After spending a decade developing a dyslexia friendly school and seeing the positive impact that environment had on the entire school, it is her passion to help teachers understand how best to foster success in the dyslexic students sitting in their classrooms through sharing characteristics and best practices: which are good for all learners, but vital for those with dyslexia.
Suzanna Greer is the Head of Orton-Gillingham Training and Instruction at Camperdown Academy in Greenville, South Carolina. She discovered the joy of teaching dyslexic students to read and write as she finished college. Since then she has invested two decades teaching and leading teams in schools specialized for dyslexics. She currently serves as the Head of Camperdown’s Primary Division. She passionately believes that dyslexics succeed when given instruction that meets their needs, and she is excited about sharing her knowledge to equip other educators to use the principles of the OG Approach. She holds her Fellow credential from the Orton-Gillingham Academy, a master’s degree from Furman University in curriculum and instruction, and a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina.
Amber Coggin is the founder of Coggin Dyslexia Services LLC. She fell in love with helping dyslexic children after discovering her daughter is dyslexic. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi State University, a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Liberty University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in psychology. Amber has completed Associate’s Level training in the Orton-Gillingham approach under AOGPE Fellow Cheryl Eller, as well as the Multisensory Math training with ASDEC in Rockville, Maryland, under Marylin Zecher.
Course Goals and Objectives
Each teacher will:
- Learn the strengths and weaknesses generally characteristic of the individual with dyslexia.
- Learn how minor alterations in teaching style, classroom management, school culture, and accommodations can shift his/her classroom toward being dyslexia (really all student) friendly without compromising excellence. Teachers will learn how to base these amendments on solid principles of great teaching, not whimsy nor favoritism.
- Be exposed to lectures from top thought leaders in the areas of creating dyslexia friendly school culture, Orton-Gillingham principles, speech articulation, and math instruction.
- Use his/her own teacher’s manuals, student texts, and test banks to create supplemental materials intended to recast his/her fall 2022 classroom as dyslexia friendly. Afternoons will be spent in guided workshops to take humble supplies and innovate them into game-changing lesson elements teachers can take home and use on day one of the 2022–2023 school year.
- Receive materials and learn how to give a screening designed to guide in advising parents of students whose work struggles line up with characteristics of dyslexia.
- Characteristics of the dyslexic individual
- Vital dyslexia friendly classroom adaptations with teaching principles that are good for all learners
- Dyslexia friendly classroom procedures and organization
- Ideas for manipulatives to assist in understanding of math concepts
- Speech and articulation tips which can help students’ phonemic awareness accuracy
- Adapting your lesson plans (bring your teacher’s manuals and test banks!)
- Teacher-created materials to bridge gaps
- Accommodations that take the teacher a few minutes but change the world for a dyslexic child
- What to do when you suspect one of your students is dyslexic
- Screening tools that a classroom teacher can give and interpret
- Conferencing and teaming with parents
- 8:00–9:15 AM │Cindy Hall—Instruction on dyslexia friendly principles
- 9:30–11:30 AM │Lecture from guest expert
- Tuesday: Suzanna Greer—Orton-Gillingham Teaching Principles
- Wednesday: Cindy Hall—Instructional tools for Writing for the classroom teacher
- Thursday: Amber Coggin—Best practices for teaching math to dyslexic learners
- Friday: Cindy Hall—Screening tools for the classroom teacher
- 11:30 AM–12:30 PM │Lunch
- 12:30–1:30 PM │Cindy Hall—Instruction on teacher-created materials to supplement existing curriculum
- 1:30–5:00 PM │Teacher-created materials workshop
- Tuesday: Creating materials to teach the vocabulary of science chapters
- Wednesday: Creating materials to teach people and events from history chapters
- Thursday: Creating materials to make math concepts concrete and creating materials to help students grasp spelling concepts
- Friday: Creating materials for Bible memory and creating materials for reading comprehension
Participants are expected to dress in business-casual attire. Men—slacks and collared shirts. Ladies—knee length skirts or dresses or slacks (no jeans please).
Housing will be provided in the on-campus apartments. Rooms will be shared and will be assigned by FBBC staff. There are a limited number of rooms available.
By attending the Dyslexia Friendly Classroom Summit, individuals are agreeing that you and anyone in your party:
- have not had a persistent, dry cough.
- have not had a headache.
- have not been diagnosed with or had contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 10 days.
- do not have a NEW loss of taste or smell.
- do not have a fever (in excess of 100.4º).
- Masks will be optional, not required.