Effective Reading Instruction & How To Get It

Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Students who struggle to learn to read require explicit, systematic instruction, targeted toward their specific areas of strength and weakness and using an evidence-based methodology. Sheryl Knapp, M.Ed, C/AOGPE, CDT, founder of The Literacy and Learning Assessment Center of CT, will describe the components of a comprehensive literacy evaluation, and their implications for providing each student with effective, individualized remediation services. She will comment on specific instructional programs and methodologies, including suggestions regarding what to request. Special Education Attorney Anne Treimanis, author of Do Not Tweet at an IEP Meeting, will discuss how to obtain appropriate, school-based literacy services that address each child’s unique needs. 

Partner: Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities 

Location: Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

Sheryl Knapp, M.Ed., C/AOGPE, CDT, frequently writes and presents on topics relating to literacy and learning disabilities. She completed hundreds of classroom and practicum hours under the supervision of a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners (AOGPE), earning her Associate level Certification with the Academy in 2010 and Certified level in 2018. Sheryl currently serves as the President of the Dyslexia Society of Connecticut, and is a contributing writer and editor for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities. She has worked extensively with students, families, and school districts across Connecticut, as well as in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and beyond. 

Anne Treimanis is an attorney, author, professor and disability activist. Her law practice is focused on students with disabilities who have been denied an appropriate education. Her latest book is Do Not Tweet at an IEP Meeting. As an adjunct Professor for the University of St. Joseph, West Hartford, CT, she teaches special education law to graduate students. Anne personally ensured that her eldest of four children, Eva, who has Down syndrome and Type 1 Diabetes, became a proficient reader and was fully and successfully included in her neighborhood high school.

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