Dyslexia Friendly Classroom Summit
Dates and Times
Tuesday, June 18–Friday, June 21, 2024
8:00 AM–5:00 PM
Two-day and four-day options will be available for this event. The class size is limited to 25.
Registration and cost details coming soon.
June 18 - 21, 2024
This 30-hour training summit is intended for classroom teachers who desire to gain a better understanding of dyslexia related school struggles and learn how to accommodate the learning differences associated with dyslexia. The course includes lecture/discussion with an expert in education, re-working of existing lesson plans, plus hands-on creation of materials to support the altered lesson plans. Completion of the course will count toward two Iowa Teaching License renewal credits or 30 contact hours of continuing education for AACS or ACSI certification (New this year will be two-day options would each be 15-hours of training. Completion of a two-day course will count toward one Iowa Teaching License renewal credit or 15 contact hours of continuing education for AACS or ACSI certification. Details on the two-day options coming soon.).
Cindy Hall A/OGA
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. For more information about Cindy, visit her website.
- 8:00–9:15 a.m. │Cindy Hall—Instruction on dyslexia friendly principles
- 9:30–11:30 a.m. │Lecture from guest expert
- 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. │Lunch
- 12:30–1:30 p.m. │Cindy Hall—Instruction on teacher-created materials to supplement existing curriculum
- 1:30–5:00 p.m. │Teacher-created materials workshop
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 2024 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 2024–2025 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
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).
We ask that you evaluate your own health before coming to campus and stay at home if you are not feeling well.