Become a reading specialist with training in dyslexia through our Indiana Department of Education approved program and help support K-12 students with significant reading difficulties. The program consists of 50 hours of professional development, including 40 hours of face-to-face training and 10 hours of online training. Participants will complete training over the course of the summer and into the fall academic year:
- Part 1- Literacy Difficulties Boot Camp. Three full sequential and intense days of group face-to-face training on the Hammond campus will provide a solid foundation in the reading process; understanding reading difficulties, including their relationship to learning disabilities; the history and origins of dyslexia; identifying reading problems and underlying causes; assessing and monitoring progress; an overview of tiered support strategies, and more.
Scheduled for June 10, 11, & 12, 2019.
- Part 2- Case Studies and Diagnostic Plans. Five instructional hours of asynchronous online activities and assignments completed with instructor support. Using the research literature on evidence-based practice in reading intervention as a base, participants will analyze case studies featuring diverse students to gain expertise in developing practical reading intervention plans.
Scheduled over the month of July at participant’s own pace.
- Part 3- More Evidence-based Instructional Practice. Following the summer readings and activities, two full sequential and intense days of group face-to-face training will expand on choosing and implementing reading methodologies for students with learning problems. Participants will exit the summer training with a tool box of reading interventions to be applied in their schools.
Scheduled for August 5 & 6, 2019.
- Part 4- Supervised Field Work and Wrap-Up. The last part of the training program consists of supervised implementation of reading interventions. Participants will develop reading intervention plans for at least two students or small groups with support from instructors and then videotape themselves for feedback on fidelity of implementation. The field work will culminate in a one-day group face-to-face session to examine results, plan for the future, and discuss the provision of training and support to colleagues.
Field work will take place over the month of September at participant’s own pace. The final wrap-up session will be scheduled in early October.
The program cost per person is $1600.
Mary Ann Cahill, Ed.D.
Mary Ann Cahill, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor of Literacy and the Chair of Undergraduate and MAT programs. She received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Literacy from Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, and her Master’s degree in Literacy from the University of Dayton. Dr. Cahill taught elementary school (K-5) for eighteen years before becoming a professor for the last ten years. Prior to working at Bellarmine, Dr. Cahill taught at Boise State University where she coordinated the reading clinic and the Summer Literacy Academy. Her research addresses a focus on Early Literacy, specifically English Language Learners and Comprehension Instruction. Other scholarly interests involve critical literacy, dyslexia, and professional development for teachers. Research by Dr. Cahill has been published in The Reading Teacher and Young Children. At Bellarmine, Dr. Cahill teaches a variety of literacy courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Registration has now closed.
For more information about the program: Contact Amanda Timm at firstname.lastname@example.org or 219-989-2326.