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Part I: Structured Literacy – Reading Instruction for All

About This Session


Teaching reading is hard! However, decades of research have built a strong foundation of knowledge around which practices are most effective for most learners.

The reality is that 60% of readers need explicit instruction to learn to read. This can include, but is not limited to, students with specific learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, and students who have English oral language proficiency but struggle with the fundamentals of reading and writing in English.

Join Lara Speights, Licensed Dyslexia Therapist and Reading Specialist, to discuss research-based reading practices that are beneficial for all, and essential for our most vulnerable as we strive to unleash reading progress for all.

What we'll cover:

  •  Collaboratively review the current and established research around learning to read
  • Discuss structured literacy, its components (the what and the how), and considerations for vulnerable populations such as those with specific learning disabilities and those who are learning English
  • Engage in examples of structured literacy practices related to phonological awareness, syllable division, and morphemes that can be immediately implemented into instruction

Topics & Focus

Primary Topic Area
topic - adult basic literacy, abe, hse
Session will also cover:
topic - learning differences & disabilities
topic - instructional theory, methodology, research

Handouts & Materials

No handouts or materials available at this time.

Speights, Lara

Presenter: Lara Speights
Organization: Neuhaus Education Center, Houston

ROLE classroom instructors
LEVEL beginner
Case study?
Other info:

This session is the first of two parts. A complementary session, Structured Literacy Part 2 – Dyslexia with Adult Learners, will go into depth on foundational understandings of dyslexia.

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