The Science of Reading: Practical Tips for School Psychologists


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Reading difficulty will likely be one of the most frequent referral concerns a school psychologist is faced with. Being a fluent reader is an extremely important skill that allows our students to more fully access their education and not learning to read has a profound functional impact on a person’s daily life. Despite this, many school psychologists do not themselves understand the basic components of reading and what good reading instruction should look like. This presentation provides a basic overview of the science behind learning to read, describes a practitioner’s journey to gain more information on assessment and intervention, and provides functional tips for expanding your practice to best help students and support your district in evidence based practices. Presented by Rachael Donnelly, MA, AC, NCSP in April of 2020. This individual webinar can be purchased for $25 (scroll down to purchase). The content in this webinar is intertwined with Domains 1, 2, 3, and 5 of the NASP Practice Model.’s recorded webinars are non-refundable. Attendees who complete this 1.5-hour webinar will receive 1.5 NASP-Approved CPD credit.

Speaker Bio:

Rachael Donelly, MA, AC, NCSP is a practicing school psychologist in Anne Arundel County, MD, having earned her undergraduate degree at Binghamton University and completed her graduate training through University at Buffalo. Rachael has worked in districts across four different states and loves to compare/contrast different practices/perspectives. She is founder and co-host of the successful School Psyched Podcast and manages its associated Resources Drive. Rachael is involved in supporting the field of school psychology through her work on the NASP Communications Committee as well as supervising university students. She is passionate about professional development, psychological measurement, reading instruction, and skill-based supports. Rachael works to ensure that all students’ needs are addressed through accurate assessment and evidence-based interventions.

Participants will learn:

1. To express a basic understanding of the essential components of reading 2. to identify practical methods for identifying a student’s strengths/weaknesses to inform instruction and intervention. 3. To identify methods of moving schools towards improved practices in reading

Reviews Based on Attendee Evaluation Feedback:

“Very applicable strategies! Loved this presentation!” -Angela

Ann’s Overall Rating: 5/5 (Excellent)

“The presentation really gave information that was practical to my daily work as a school psychologist. I feel it has given me a better understanding of the research behind reading instruction and has prepared me to better assess students’ reading skills, as well as help teachers and parents.” -Kelsey

“The presentation provided a really great overview of teaching reading skills, strategies and intervention tools.” -Lynsey

“The presenter did an excellent job explaining the evolution of the science of reading. She was also an engaging presenter.” -Marla

“This was very practical for school psychologists. More practitioners and stakeholders need to see this type of information.” -Megan

“The presenter is clearly very informed on the subject and conveyed the information well.” -Peggy

“I appreciated all the practical things I can use in my assessment practice and in consultation with teachers and families.” -Stacy

” Very practical information. Presenter is very informed and was able to relay that information during this webinar. The webinar gave me pause to consider what I am doing in my own practice of school psychology.” -Ted


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