Reading Progress and Dyslexia During the Pandemic

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for an educational presentation on understanding reading progress and dyslexia by reading expert, Dr. Margie Gillis. Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) and Dyslexia affects 80% of those diagnosed with learning disabilities.

In this current environment, many parents are struggling to understand if their child is making progress. What do parents and educators need to know to help students reach their full potential? From identification and instruction to advocacy and empowerment, Dr. Margie Gillis will discuss the process of getting the best support for every child who needs it and will answer your questions. The presentation is co-sponsored by Darien SEPAC and Darien Library.

Registration Information

Register for Reading Progress and Dyslexia during the Pandemic via the Zoom registration. Participants will automatically be emailed the link to the Zoom webinar. If you have any questions regarding program registration, please contact Samantha at For any questions regarding the program itself, please contact Darien SEPAC at!

About the Presenter

Margie B. Gillis, Ed.D is a nationally recognized literacy expert and a Certified Academic Language Therapist who has taught children of all ages to read for over 40 years.

In 2009, Margie founded Literacy How, Inc. to provide professional development opportunities and coaching for teachers on how to implement evidence-based reading practices in the classroom. Gillis has worked at the policy level through the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE). She was instrumental in Connecticut’s adoption of a universal screening test for K-3 students, implementing the Connecticut Foundations of Reading Test as part of the certification process for pre-service teachers, and serves as a member of the Connecticut Literacy Model management team.

Gillis is also an academic advisor for and She is on the Editorial Board of the International Dyslexia Association, Perspectives and The Reading League Journal. In her capacity as Research Affiliate at Haskins Laboratories, Gillis explores opportunities to empower teaching excellence. In 2010, she founded the Anne E. Fowler Foundation to support scholarships for teachers for graduate work in reading and language development.

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