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1 Day Workshops

Developing Your Reading Toolkit from Decoding to Comprehension, In-Person – Summer Institute 2022


  • Delivery mode: In-person. All guidelines around Covid-19 protocols will be followed and communicated to participants.
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section.


This course will provide an overview of reading instruction by focusing on decoding, fluency, and comprehension for high school students with LBLD. The instructors will present an approach to teaching decoding through the use of a toolkit to establish a common language between teachers and students before moving through specific word attack strategies. Additionally, time will be spent broadening the definition of reading fluency to discuss the research backed importance of focusing on prosody and comprehension in addition to rate and accuracy. Finally, reading comprehension strategies will be discussed to promote active reading and visualization. Instructors will use current research, classroom experience, role playing, and modeling in their presentation. Participants will also be provided with opportunities to practice using provided resources and to consider practical applications in their own settings.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Implement a decoding tool kit
  • Administer fluency instruction with the goal of prosody and comprehension, in addition to rate and accuracy
  • Instruct reading comprehension through a variety of strategies with a particular focus on visualizing.


This course is appropriate for educators at the high school level.

NOTE: Though content will be geared towards the high school level, many strategies will be useful and applicable in the earlier grades as well.


Materials will be provided on-site.

Course Information

5 Hours
Dates/Time Price
July 11, 2022
8:30am - 3:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Chase Collins, M.S.Ed.

Chase is the Assistant Academic Dean at Landmark High School where he has worked for the last 14 years. In his time at Landmark, Chase has been a member of the residential team, an academic advisor, and a 1:1 tutor in the Early Literacy department. Chase is passionate about reading instruction, focusing on decoding and fluency, and has informed much of Landmark’s practices through his knowledge of current research in literacy. Chase graduated from The University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in Classics, and he earned his master’s degree in special education from Simmons College.

About the Instructor

Natalia Harrison, M.S.Ed.

Natalia is an academic advisor at Landmark High School. In her 13 years at Landmark, Natalia has taught in the Language Arts, Study Skills, and Expressive Language departments. She also teaches graduate level courses in Dyslexia Studies through Southern New Hampshire University’s online program. Natalia graduated from The University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she earned her master’s degree in special education from Simmons College.

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