Reading Services

Vanderbilt’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders’ (TRIAD) Reading services support the reading instruction of all students through learning opportunities designed to refine and expand the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and practices of educators and students. TRIAD Reading provides learning opportunities that are grounded in research, easily accessible, and customizable. Learning opportunities span from brief videos and tips sheets to individually-curated online courses with continuous, collaborative coaching support.

Free access videos, tip sheets, and brief online modules designed to refine and expand awareness, skills, attitudes, and practices related to teaching reading to all students, including autistic and neurodivergent students.

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ECHO Reading

Thursdays, Feb. 3 through April 14, 2022
4 to 5 p.m. (CST)

Nowadays, reading instructors face major challenges in offering timely intervention to students who need it most. How can we best serve learners with complex needs amid the uncertainty of teaching during COVID?

Join a network of peers and experts in the field as they analyze real cases from the classroom and receive practical solutions – all at no cost to you!

Target audience: Educators across the state of Tennessee who work with students both learning to read and reading to learn – including children with autism or other developmental disabilities

ECHO Reading learning sessions provide:
  • FREE learning opportunities with an emphasis on students with more severe and complex learning needs.
  • A deep sense of community and trust among participants to increase engagement and a sense of belonging.
  • Access to a variety of resources, including articles, podcasts, infographics, and more.
  • Training and access to the Friends on the Block curriculum (optional)
Hour-long sessions are conducted remotely via Zoom video conference platform. Participants are expected to attend 80 percent of the learning sessions.

ECHO Reading is a unique distance-learning opportunity for educational professionals from around the world to engage with content related to the Science of Reading and TN Foundational Skills Curriculum. Participants include special education teachers, general education teachers, and administrators who work with students both learning to read and reading to learn –including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This semester, participants will be provided with a variety of resources including articles, podcasts, infographics, and more. Participants will be asked to review the content for the week in advance of the session (no more than 30 minutes of work) to set the foundations for learning. The ECHO Hub Team will then further expand on the topic studied before launching into case presentations. Case presentations are a time for participants to share with and receive support from the network. Presentations range from teachers seeking student-specific support, to the best way to utilize a mandated curriculum, to sharing a strategy that is working well for them.

This semester, the program will accept up to 30 participants with the expectation that those accepted attend nearly every session. The aim is to create a deep sense of community and trust among the participants to increase engagement and a sense of belonging. That said, facilitators do not want to exclude anyone interested in participating in the sessions as they are able! Therefore, we simply ask participants to identify their availability on the registration form.

Reading Partnership will provide individualized remote coaching support to educators designed to refine and expand knowledge and implementation of Science of Reading strategies for students. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion documenting his/her participation in the Reading partnership.

Workshop Format
  • Participants will receive up to 2 hours of monthly remote coaching from a TRIAD Educational Consultant.
  • Participants will gain access to online learning resources aligned to their goals.
Participant Requirements
  • Educators who work directly with students and want to focus on building their capacity to implement Science of Reading practices for supporting students.
  • Participants should have access and be able to use Zoom technology.
  • A structured screening process/interview, signed consent forms, and signed participant agreement will be required by each team member prior to participation in the Reading Partnership.
  • Coaching hours will be tracked by TRIAD Consultant and a certificate of participation in coaching will be provided at the conclusion of the service.
Training Topics Coaching content may include:
  • The Science of Reading
  • Tennessee Foundational Skills Curriculum
  • Dyslexia
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension

This workshop is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education and is available to LEAs in Tennessee at no-cost to participants.

Please note: Due to the ever changing reality of COVID-19, TRIAD services are subject to change in terms of service delivery. We are committed to continuing to provide the highest level of coaching and support possible during these uncertain times for the entirety 2021-2022 school year as educators navigate serving students in a variety of settings.

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