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Dyslexia Seminar

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, July 23-25, 2018 • 9a.m.–3 p.m. • $325

Someone you love, know, or teach is dyslexic. Since one in five people is affected by dyslexia and other language based learning differences, it’s time to demystify the word, recognize the signs, and learn how to accommodate, support, encourage, and teach our dyslexic students.

This three-day seminar includes research, insight on the challenges and strengths of dyslexics, a simulation, a demonstration of multi-sensory language instruction, and an opportunity to hear from dyslexic students.

Daily lunch is included in the registration fee. The course provides educators with 20 contact hours (15 hours of classroom instruction and 5 hours outside class time), leading to 20 recertification points. Educators who complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion from the School of Professional & Continuing Studies.


The Dyslexia Seminar will be held at The New Community School, 4211 Hermitage Road.

About the Instructor

HeadshotNancy “Z” Foy, Head of School at The New Community School, will lead this seminar. The New Community School is a nationally known college prep middle and upper school for students with dyslexia and other language based learning differences. Nancy has over 25 years of experience working with dyslexic students, as well as supporting their families and teachers.

Foy has dedicated her career to the needs of students with language learning differences. Prior to coming to New Community and 4 years in administration at Hilton Head Preparatory School in Hilton Head, SC, she taught for 24 years at Collegiate School in Richmond, where she helped establish a Specialized Language Class program for dyslexic and LD students. In addition, she has served on the Boards of the Virginia and South Carolina branches of the International Dyslexia Association.

Course Information

What is dyslexia? What are some common characteristics of dyslexia and language-based learning differences? How does it feel to experience dyslexia and its attendant processing challenges? What can classroom teachers or parents do to recognize and support dyslexic students? This course, geared toward all K-12 educators, will cover multiple topics including: dyslexia, facts vs. myths, characteristics of dyslexia and related language-based learning differences, what teachers need to know, classroom accommodations and remediation strategies, multi-sensory lesson demonstration, and helping students understand their brains and identify their strengths. This course is designed to provide educators with 20 contact hours (15 hours classroom time and 5 hours post-test/project time), leading to 20 recertification points.

Related Graduate Class

Students interested in a separate graduate-level opportunity that includes this seminar may enroll in EDUC 598U, “Strategies for Supporting Struggling Readers and Learners with Dyslexia.” Space is limited for this opportunity. Visit Professional Development for Educators for more information and to register.

Contact Us

Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
490 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138