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Virtual 2 Day Seminars

A Diagnostic Approach to Planning Decoding and Reading Fluency Lessons: Using Assessments to Drive Instructional Choices, Virtual – Summer Institute 2021

If you sign up for this section, you are signing up for a virtual section. There are a limited in-person spaces for this course. If you want to take the course in-person, you must register for the in-person section so we can ensure social distancing.

The content for the virtual section and in-person section is the same.



  • Event type: Two-day seminar
  • Section delivery mode: Virtual. The instructor will be on-site, and participants will be virtual.
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section. Please be prepared to be available for a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction for the entire duration of this course.
  • Platform: Canvas and Zoom. You will need access to a reliable internet connection and computer with video and audio. Login credentials emailed the day before the course begins.



Basic reading skills (phonological awareness, decoding, and fluency) are essential to academic achievement. Within each area, there are many subskills and patterns that may determine a specific direction for instruction. This course will look at each component of basic reading through the lense 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:

  •  Define three of the components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics/decoding, oral reading fluency)
  •  Distinguish which standardized tests assess each component of reading.
  •  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.
  •  Select appropriate activities to use in daily planning that will address specific needs for an individual student based on formal and informal testing.



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



In addition to a computer or laptop, we ask that participants have a textbook/materials that they will use with students for the application portions of the seminar. This will facilitate participants’ ability to see how the skills apply to their own curriculum.


Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
Optional graduate credit for an additional fee of $125
Dates/Time Price
July 21-22, 2021
8:30am - 3:00pm Eastern

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Meghan Sebens

Meghan is the reading supervisor, testing coordinator, and an academic advisor at Landmark’s Elementary•Middle School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Macalester College and a master’s degree in special education from Simmons College. Meghan has taught a variety of subjects during her time at Landmark.

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