SEPAC presents a data instruction for dyslexia talk

On Thursday, Feb. 28, Dr. Margie Gillis will present a program on Understanding Dyslexia/Reading Disabilities — Using Data-Driven Instruction to Make Progress, in the Darien Library community room from 12 to 1:30 p.m. The presentation is co-sponsored by Darien SEPAC and Darien Library. To RSVP, go to

Dyslexia affects 80% of those diagnosed with learning disabilities. The Connecticut Department of Education has approved universal screening reading assessments to be used by schools to identify students with below grade level reading skills. That data, as well as criterion reference testing, can provide school teams with valuable information that is useful for creating instructional approaches that address students’ learning needs.

From identification and instruction, to advocacy and empowerment, Dr. Gillis will discuss the process of getting the best support for every child who needs it and will answer your questions.

Gillis, Ed.D, is a nationally recognized literacy expert and a certified academic language therapist who has been teaching children of all ages to read for over 40 years. She received her doctorate of education from the University of Louisville in special education. In 2009, Gillis founded Literacy How, Inc. For more information, visit

Gillis has worked at the policy level through the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and was instrumental in Connecticut’s adoption of a universal screening test for K-3 students. She is the co-founder and former president of Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, the former president of the CT Branch of the International Dyslexia Society, a board member of the Dyslexia Society of CT, New Alliance Foundation, and the Alliance for Accreditation and Certification of Dyslexia Specialists, and an executive board member of the Academic Language Therapist Association.