EdWeb and Learning Ally launch ‘Empowering Struggling Readers’ community for educators

Social network edWeb.net and national nonprofit Learning Ally have launched the “Empowering Struggling Readers” professional learning community to assist educators in helping students with dyslexia and other disabilities.

The new community aims to foster a love of reading and academic success in students who struggle with learning and visual disabilities. Roughly 17 percent—or 85 million—students may have dyslexia, according to the press release, and many of them receive no or poor assistance.

Empowering Struggling Readers provides a forum for K-12 general education and special education teachers, as well as reading specialists, administrators, curriculum leaders, technology and media specialists, and more. It offers collaborative opportunities and support through early identification of disabilities, multi-sensory reading instruction, and more.

Free webinars, such as “Assistive Technology for Struggling Readers“—scheduled for Thursday, August 18 at 1 p.m. Eastern with assistive technology consultant Mike Marotta—and CE certificates are available for professional learning credit.

“Student success begins with reading success,” said Lisa Schmucki, the founder and CEO of edWeb, in a statement. “We’re so delighted that Learning Ally launched this community on edWeb to provide educators with the skills and tools they need to turn struggling readers into successful readers. We look forward to presenting this program with Learning Ally to encourage and support students who otherwise wouldn’t love reading.”

Membership to Empowering Struggling Readers is free.

Photo credit: Tom Wang / Shutterstock.com

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