What do teachers know about dyslexia? Growth over two decades

Presented by Molly Ness and Susan J. Chambre

In this session, we will dig into the research around teachers' knowledge and beliefs about dyslexia. We will see how this knowledge has evolved, the current gaps in knowledge, and how teachers get their knowledge.

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Session Objectives

  • To highlight what teachers know and believe about dyslexia.
  • To overview how teacher knowledge of dyslexia has changed over the last decade.

More about the speakers

Molly Ness

Molly Ness is a former classroom teacher, a reading researcher, and a teacher educator. She holds a doctorate in reading education from the University of Virginia, and she spent 16 years as an associate professor at Fordham University. She's the author of four books and numerous peer-reviewed articles, her research focuses on reading comprehension, teachers’ instructional decisions, and dyslexia. Molly serves on the Board of Directors for the International Literacy Association and on the elementary advisory panel for Penguin Random House. In 2022, Dr. Ness joined Learning Ally as the Vice President of Academic Content.

Susan J. Chambre

Susan J. Chambre joined the Marist community after completing her PhD at Fordham University in 2018. She holds an MSEd in Special Education from Hunter College and a Post-Master’s Reading Certificate from Fordham University. Before receiving her PhD, Dr. Chambre taught for over a decade in urban and suburban elementary schools as a special education teacher, teacher-trainer, and literacy coach. A self-proclaimed word geek, her research focuses on the effects of print exposure, specifically decoding, on early readers’ vocabulary learning. With an overarching goal of supporting students of all abilities, Dr. Chambre works to understand the interplay of language, cognition, and vocabulary development to enhance student achievement.