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2 Day Seminars

A Diagnostic Approach to Planning Reading Lessons: Using Assessments to Drive Instructional Choices, In-Person – Summer Institute 2023


  • Delivery mode: In-person
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section



Basic reading skills (phonological awareness, decoding, and fluency) are essential to academic achievement. Within each area, there are many sub-skills and patterns that may determine a specific direction for instruction. This 2-day seminar will look at each component of basic reading through the lens of assessment to help determine appropriate interventions. For each area of reading, there will be review of formal assessments (e.g., CTOPP-2, WIAT-III, KTEA-3, GORT-5) and informal assessment tools (e.g., aimswebPlus, teacher-generated assessments). After reviewing testing, case studies will be used to guide a discussion around developing long-term and daily lesson plans to address student needs.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the differences between the three components of reading addressed in the course (phonemic awareness, phonics/decoding, oral reading fluency)
  • Distinguish which standardized tests assess each component
  • Differentiate between tests to determine how the mode of assessment may impact the results of various tests
  • Deepen their understanding of types of test scores (raw, percentile, standard score) to gain more meaningful information when analyzing formal assessments
  • Analyze results of various assessments to determine areas of strength and development for students with reading difficulties
  • Identify instructional goals for students based on areas of need
  • Create need-based weekly plans to outline an approach for these instructional goals
  • Supplement formal, standardized assessments with informal assessments, progress monitoring tools, and daily data collection depending on a student’s individual needs
  • Compose daily lesson plans including target words and activities that will address specific needs for an individual student based on formal and informal testing
  • Discuss a testing battery that would best fit each participant’s current setting



This course is appropriate for educators who work at the elementary and middle school levels.



Materials will be provided on-site.



Participants may elect to add 1 graduate credit to this course. Graduate credit is an additional $125 and is granted by Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1 Optional Graduate Credit
Dates/Time Price
July 11-12, 2023
8:30am - 3:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Meghan T. Sebens, M.S.Ed.

Meghan brings a passion for literacy and diagnostic teaching to her role as Academic Dean at the Elementary•Middle School campus. Since joining Landmark in 2006, she has served in various roles, including reading supervisor, testing coordinator, academic advisor, teacher, and tutor. Meghan has also taught courses and consulted through Landmark’s Outreach program. She graduated from Macalester College with a bachelor’s in psychology and earned her masters in moderate disabilities from Simmons University.

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