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(BLENDED) Supporting Students’ Reading: Phonemic Awareness to Comprehension – Summer Institute 2019

This course is offered during our Dyslexia Academy for Educators week

About the Blended Format

Our blended online courses combine the flexibility of online learning along with the benefits of an in-person seminar. These courses require one full day on our campus (July 9, 2019) for orientation, collaboration, and an introduction to some of the course content. The course is then completed online in the 10 weeks that follow the in-person seminar.

Course Description

This professional development course provides educators with an understanding of the components of reading development, which include phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. The course explores the importance of building competency in all of the components of reading in order to ultimately read for understanding. Additionally, the course explores how reading development is impacted for students with a language-based learning disability (LBLD), such as dyslexia, which falls under the diagnostic umbrella of a specific learning disability (SLD).

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • identify the components of reading development
  • understand how LBLD impacts reading development
  • implement and adapt targeted strategies to support all components of students’ reading development
  • design activities and lessons to promote students’ reading skills and, ultimately, ability to read for understanding



This course is appropriate for educators at all levels.



Please bring a laptop so you can log into the course and access the course materials.

Course Information

45 Hours/PDPs, 3 graduate credits (fee included in course tuition)
Dates/Time Price
July 9, 2019
8:30am - 3:00pm in-person
Plus 10 weeks of online instruction (ending on September 17, 2019)

Registration is unavailable at this time.

Teachers Say...

Excellent course opening class. Being an online course, it’s very helpful to have this springboard before being “on our own.”

Jody Spear

About the Instructor

Kristine Burgess

Kristine began working at Landmark High School since 2010 as a language arts tutorial teacher after having earned her bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College. She has since earned her master’s degree in special education from Simmons College and is now the reading department head, as well as a teacher in the reading department. Since 2014, Kristine has taught courses through Landmark Outreach and has research and compiled topics for the monthly Free Landmark Teaching Strategies.  

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