Our dyslexia training provides educators the what, why, and how of dyslexia, empowering educators to better meet the varied needs of the students they serve.
We are a team of education professionals with a proven history of providing professional development and on-site support aligned to the Science of Reading and evidence-based literacy practices. We provide educators with the what, why, and how of reading instruction rooted in structured literacy principles, empowering educators with essential understanding of reading development at any age and instructional tools to better meet the varied needs of the students they serve, particularly students at-risk for dyslexia.
The Side-by-Side team is adept at creating pathways between research and classroom practice. We have a laser focus on bringing the “why” and the “how” together with educators.
Side-by-Side Educational Consulting’s training courses are approved and used in several states, including the Idaho State Department of Education, meeting the requirements for Idaho Code 33-1811 (4) dyslexia professional development and recertification.
Side-by-Side Dyslexia Training
Our introductory training provides an overview of the Characteristics of Dyslexia, Dyslexia Assessment, and Instruction and Intervention focused on the evidence base outlined in the Science of Reading.
We begin by defining the Science of Reading by spotlighting the essential components identified by the National Reading Panel and the 20 years of research that has been done since that meta-analysis. From there, theoretical models for reading including Gough and Tunmer’s Simple View and Scarborough’s Reading Rope are addressed, as well as findings from recent brain research for reading, including instruction that builds the neural connections needed to explicitly connect spoken language to print. Essential understandings for dyslexia are then covered, including the definition of dyslexia, indicators to identify dyslexia, use of appropriate screening assessment to ensure early identification and prevention for all learners, and administration of diagnostic assessment to better identify root causes of reading difficulty. Educators walk away with a better understanding of how to screen for dyslexia as well as the type of evidence-based instruction that is needed to ensure all students learn to read proficiently.
Training is divided as follows:
Introduction to Dyslexia Part 1: Characteristics of Dyslexia (2 hours)
Introduction to Dyslexia Part 2: Dyslexia Assessment; Instruction and Intervention (2 hours)
Delivery of training content can be differentiated through varied models including:
- In-person training at your school or district site
- Live, synchronous online format via Zoom
- A hybrid approach utilizing both in-person and online learning via Zoom
Side-by-Side Dyslexia Training Examples
Click below to see examples of the engaging, live delivery of our dyslexia training via Zoom.
The Downward Spiral of Reading Failure
Basics of Dyslexia
What is Rapid Automatized Naming?
Different Training Options
Whether you choose in-person training, online training via Zoom, or a hybrid approach, we work to ensure that every educator is provided the latest information and tools to better understand dyslexia so that they can incorporate evidence-based literacy instruction into their classrooms.
To book a training session or sessions and/or to customize training to specifically meet the needs of students and educators in your school or district, please contact us via email or call (800) 585-8304. We look forward to partnering with you!
Here is a small sample of the great reviews given by educators on Side-By-Side Dyslexia Training
“I used to think that dyslexia was just seeing letters jumbled. Because of training with Side-by-Side, I now understand that it is a language-based disorder that is complex, and the primary deficit is phonological – not just written.”
“As a professional development planner for Region IV CSPD, I have worked with Side-by-Side to provide intensive training in the Science of Reading and the Characteristics of Dyslexia, Dyslexia Assessment, and Instruction and Intervention. The trainings are engaging and teachers leave having the skills they need to implement.”
“Carrie Cole and Side-by-Side Consulting do what they do for the betterment of children. Having the ability to read opens so many doors of opportunity. Carrie has devoted her professional life to educating teachers in the best practices of literacy instruction. Her mission is being fulfilled each time an educator gains more understanding of reading foundations, takes these skills back to a classroom of learners, utilizing knowledge gained, which, in turn, helps more students learn to read.”
Additional Resources and Links
More information on Dyslexia Training from the Web:
What is Dyslexia? from TedEd
Idaho Dyslexia Handbook
Dyslexia and the Brain: What Does Current Research Tell Us? from Reading Rockets
Reading Disability and the Brain (ACSD, Shaywitz & Shaywitz, 2004)
How the Brain Learns to Read from Dehaene
International Dyslexia Association
The National Center on Improving Literacy
Florida Center for Reading Research
University of Florida Literacy Institute (ULFI), Dyslexia Hub
University of Texas at Austin/Medows Center for Preventing Educational Risk
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For Idaho Educators
According to Idaho Code 33-1811, educators must complete training in dyslexia no later than the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year. Specifically, K-5 educators (instructional staff and coaches employed by a local education agency and involved in the instruction of students in grades K-5, including those providing special education instruction) and 6-12 educators (all teachers, administrators, and school counselors with an instructional certificate in grades 6-12) must receive dyslexia professional development. K-5 teachers must receive professional development in three areas: Characteristics of Dyslexia, Dyslexia Assessment, and Instruction and Intervention, whereas 6-12 teachers must receive professional development in Characteristics of Dyslexia. Our training meets requirements in all three areas as follows:
Introduction to Dyslexia Part 1: Characteristics of Dyslexia (K-12 educators, 2 hours)
Introduction to Dyslexia Part 2: Dyslexia Assessment; Instruction and Intervention (K-5 educators, 2 hours)
A certificate of completion is provided to each educator who completes the course (Part 1 for 6-12 educators and Parts 1-2 for K-5 educators)