Chief Technology Integrator, Teacher Mentor, The Southport School
Sharon Plante currently serves as Chief Technology Integrator, Teacher Mentor, and Student Advisor at The Southport School (TSS). She uses
her Structured Literacy training and understanding of technology to empower students with learning disabilities in the classroom and through
virtual learning. Sharon has taken the work done at TSS and conducted workshops for Kent Independent School District (Michigan),
Pennsylvania Department of Education, Assistive Technology International Association, and The Dyslexia Foundation, incorporating best
practices in professional development. Additionally, she has led virtual training for Learning Ally, International Dyslexia Association,
PaTTAN, and Rehab Seminars. Sharon is the co-author of Utilizing Technology to Engage Students with Learning Disabilities.
The utilization of technology (Interactive screens, iPads, apps, and websites) can make Structured Literacy instruction
(decoding/encoding, fluency, and comprehension) a multi-sensory process that is engaging and explicit while maintaining the
individualization and diagnostic-prescriptive aspects of the lesson. It can support the organizational challenges for necessary lesson
materials that can occur when working with multiple students at once while also allowing for ease of differentiation within a small
group format. Additionally, educational technology can provide ways for the teacher to collect work samples and data from multiple
students simultaneously and allow for individualized feedback. The session will focus on using various tools to support differentiated
and individualized engagement during small group multi-sensory Structured Literacy instruction.
Chief Technology Integrator
The Southport School