All Students Can Read: Providing Literacy Focused Assessment and Instruction for Students with Disabilities

August 29, 2023 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Michelle Elia

Professional Learning Series Description:
Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement presents a state literacy framework to promote proficiency in reading, writing, and communication for all
learners. Scientific research drives the plan and encourages a professional movement toward implementing data-driven, differentiated and evidence-based
practices in literacy instruction for all learners.

This professional learning series is a collaborative offering from the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Literacy Achievement and Reading Success
and the Office for Exceptional Children. The series aims to build the knowledge and skills of special educators in reading science. The series will introduce
the research and theoretical models supporting reading science, assessment and instruction within a multi-tiered system of support and developing reading
profiles that support the instructional design to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities.

Audience: District Teams, Special Education Directors (must attend with team), IEP Teams (including intervention specialists, general education teachers and building administrators), School Psychologists, Speech Language Pathologists, State Support Team & Educational Service Center Special Education Consultants

Presenter: Carolyn Turner, Ohio Literacy Lead (

Session Information:

Session 1 – The Science of Reading: Meeting the Diverse Needs of Students with Disabilities

August 29, 2023 (12:00 – 3:00)

This session will provide a background in literacy, including research and theoretical models, critical to providing appropriate assessment and instruction. This session is a general overview and
will establish collective knowledge base in the science of reading, providing background knowledge for all future sessions.

Session 2 – An Overview of Assessments for Literacy

September 26, 2023 (12:00 – 3:00)

This session will provide an overview of screening, diagnostics, progress monitoring and evaluation assessments for literacy. Specific examples will be given and connections will be made to the
use of assessment within a multi-tiered system of support framework.

Session 3 – Using Assessment Data to Create a Reader Profile

October 10, 2023 (12:00 – 3:00)

This session will assist participants in using assessment information to create reading profiles in support of student goals. Please bring in a student-level report with data to create a reader
profile as part of the session.

Session 4 – Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Literacy

October 24, 2023 (12:00 – 3:00)

This session will describe the purpose of a multi-tiered system of supports for literacy and how this framework can support students in all tiers of instruction, including through core instruction based on the science of reading. Specific connections will be made to pre-referral interventions and how students identified as having a disability receive instruction in each tier.

Session 5  – Using Data to Develop Literacy Goals & Specially Designed Instruction

November 14, 2023 (12:00 – 3:00)

This session will support participants in developing meaningful IEP goals and specially designed instruction for literacy to support student progress and close the reading gap.

For additional information and to Register 

Please only register if available to attend live, as sessions will not be recorded. Seats are limited and registration will close when capacity is reached.