Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) program supervisor, Capital Region ESD 113
Rebecca is dedicated to supporting students, educators, families, and communities in building and sustaining effective instructional environments. She holds an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, is an Exceptional Needs Specialist, and a certified Dyslexia Specialist. At OSPI, she works as a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) program supervisor.
The most important knowledge a developing reader learns is that print represents speech imperfectly but predictably. Some learners intuit this knowledge from noticing the letter/sound relationships as they learn to read and write. Most, however, especially our students with dyslexia, need to be explicitly taught the relationships between letters and the sounds they represent. Although English has a complex orthography, with influences from many languages, students can access word identification much more quickly if they learn the most common letter/sound connections and when they need to flex the sound for a letter to arrive at a word they know. This presentation will explore the 103 letter/sound combinations that are over 90% reliable, as well as strategies students can employ in their reading and writing.
Alicia Roberts Frank
Regional Administrator for Special Programs/Dyslexia Specialist/Equity Designer
Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) program supervisor
Capital Region ESD 113