Deepening Understanding and Expertise
About Reading Difficulties to Support All Learners

March 7, 2020

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WSRA Institute with Donna Scanlon and Julian (Joe) Elliott

Description of the full day presentation: 

Are you concerned about meeting the needs of students who are having difficulties learning to read, including children identified as dyslexic? Whether you are working directly with students as an elementary, middle or high school teacher, a reading teacher, reading specialist, or special education teacher, or are a principal or other administrator collaborating with teachers to better serve your students, this institute is for you. Not only will you leave with a better understanding of the research surrounding this topic, you will develop more expertise to address the complexities that need to be considered when working with and advocating for children with reading difficulties.


Donna Scanlon is a Professor of Reading at the University of Albany, State University of New York where her research has focused on the characteristics of children who experience substantial difficulty in learning to read and how to prevent and remediate reading difficulties.

Julian (Joe) Elliott is a British academic and educational psychologist. He has been Principal of Collingwood College, Durham since 2011, and a Professor of Education at Durham University since 2004. His research and teaching interests include dyslexia, achievement motivation, and working memory difficulties.

Location: Ingleside Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072

Registration Fees:

  • Member Registration Fee: $99
  • Nonmember Registration Fee: $200
  • Full-time Undergraduate Student Fee: $35

2020 Summer Institute

We Got This: Becoming the Teachers Our Students Need Us to Be!

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The day will start with an exploration of anti-oppressive methodologies, including universal design for learning and culturally sustaining pedagogies. We will explore the relationship that listening to children and to their communities plays in fostering growth and ensuring achievement. All of this work will rest on a foundation of strong literacy practice. No matter the discipline or the curriculum, we all teach children to read. That they read fiction, informational texts, media, lab reports, social situations, or primary sources is secondary to the reality that they must read powerfully, think critically, write expressively, and speak convincingly.

Registration Fees for the institute:

  • $10 Leadership Group members for 2020-2021 (Committees, Local WI Reading Council Leaders)
  • $150 WSRA member
  • $250 nonmember
  • $35 Full-Time Undergraduate Student member of WSRA