Spotlight on Dyslexia Event Speakers

Robert Frantum Allen

Robert Frantum-Allen

Consultant, Special Education Leadership Solutions LLC

Robert Frantum-Allen served as the Director of Special Education for five years in the Denver metropolitan area. In addition, he was a district trainer for Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling and currently consults and trains teachers, paraprofessionals, tutors, parents, and administrators in the science of reading and subsequent instructional strategies to support reading. He has been diagnosed with dyslexia and has spent the past thirty years advocating for the needs of students with dyslexia.



High-Impact Instructional Strategies for Phonological Awareness Instruction

Teachers are always looking for strategies that can be implemented immediately. Parents are always looking for ways they can support their child at home. This session will focus on 5 high-impact instructional strategies aligned with the science of reading and can be implemented immediately. Phonological awareness is the basic building block for literacy. Children must be able to rhyme, segment, blend and manipulate speech sounds in any given word. Phonological awareness is highly correlated to later literacy achievement. This session will provide practical activities from play-based strategies for younger children to multimodal structured practices for older children.

Session Objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define the elements of phonological awareness and why they are necessary for later literacy achievement in both reading and writing 
  • Distinguish between play-based strategies for younger children and multisensory structured strategies for older children and students with learning differences 
  • Practice implementing the high-impact instructional strategies for phonological awareness based upon the science of reading
Robert Frantum-Allen

Robert Frantum-Allen
Special Education Leadership Solutions LLC