The Memory Connection: Multisensory Strategies for Boosting Students’ Working Memory Throughout Phonics Instruction

Jennifer Hasser
Executive Director, Kendore Learning

10:00am EDT

Reading and comprehending text employs working memory, the brain’s system for storing and managing information. In this workshop, we discuss the research linking dyslexia and working memory deficits and present proven strategies to improve working memory simultaneously with all levels of phonics instruction. Participants learn engaging multisensory activities to use with students of any age to boost working memory and pave the way to fluent reading.  We demonstrate methods of scaffolding instruction so that teachers and students feel successful. Techniques support OG/MSL teaching.

About the Presenter

Jennifer Hasser, M.Ed. is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer in the field of reading and dyslexia. She is the founder and Executive Director of Kendore Learning, which provides training, curriculum, and materials to educators across the nation. Jennifer’s passion for education began in the high school behavior disorder classroom, where she was awarded Special Education Teacher of the Year. Her training and curricula are accredited by IMSLEC and IDA. Jennifer is also the founder of Atlanta-based Syllables Learning Centers, where she has helped thousands of struggling readers across the globe. While serving as President of the International Dyslexia Association’s Georgia Branch, she founded the now nationally-recognized Dyslexia Dash 5K and twice received the Outstanding Service Award for her contributions to dyslexia awareness. Jennifer also serves on the Board of Directors of Decoding Dyslexia Georgia. Most recently, she launched Kendore Cares, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing literacy services to under-served students and communities.