Raising Awareness about the Science of Reading, Advocating for Children with Dyslexia 

In recognition of Dyslexia Awareness Month, The Windward Institute hosted an evening workshop, “Unpacking The Science of Reading for Children with Dyslexia,” led by The Windward Institute faculty member and renowned reading expert, Molly Ness, PhD.

Dr. Molly Ness is a researcher, teacher educator, author, and clinician. She leads advocacy efforts in ensuring reading access and equity, which includes her work as the host of the End Book Deserts Podcast and founder of The Coalition for Literacy Equity. As a Windward Institute faculty member, Dr. Ness leads workshops on topics related to the Science of Reading, dyslexia, and reading comprehension. 

Read key takeaways about dyslexia from Dr. Ness’s workshop below and take the next steps to expand your knowledge about evidence-based reading instruction that benefits all children. 

What is dyslexia?  

Dyslexia is a brain-based learning disability that results in difficulties in accurate and fluent word reading. Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disabilities and is far more prevalent than most people estimate. About 1 in 5 students have a learning disability, and 85% of these students have a disability associated with speech and language difficulties. While dyslexia is a lifelong disability, research shows that evidence-based instruction and interventions promote reading and academic success. 

Learn practical strategies and applications to support children with language-based learning disabilities at home and at school from WI instructor, Dr. Tiffany Hogan.  

Register now for NEW upcoming workshop: 

“Language-Based Learning Disabilities: From DLD to Dyslexia,” with Tiffany Hogan, PhD Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

What instructional methods are most effective for students with dyslexia?  

The Science of Reading, which spans across decades and research disciplines, shows how the reading brain develops, why some students struggle to read, and how effective methods support identification and remediation of reading difficulties. Evidence-based reading instruction is explicit, structured, systematic, and sequential. 

Instructional skills should focus on word level reading instruction as well as language and reading comprehension such as vocabulary, background knowledge, and text structure. Language skills and high student-teacher interaction are fundamental and encompass every aspect of classroom and curriculum. 

Learn more about building language and comprehension skills from WI expert instructor, Lydia Soifer, PhD. 

Register now for upcoming workshops and courses: 

NEW: Vocabulary Development and Morphology 
Instructor: Lydia H. Soifer, PhD 

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 


During Dyslexia Awareness Month and beyond, The Windward Institute provides the resources to stay up to date with current expertise, information, and events on reading and childhood literacy: