Saint Martin’s hosts nationally celebrated literacy trainer Dr. Linda
March 8, 2010
Lacey, Washington —Saint Martin’s University and the
Washington Organization for Reading Development (WORD) will co-host
“Meeting the Needs of Struggling Readers with Interventions That Work,”
a day-long workshop with nationally celebrated literacy trainer Dr.
Linda Dorn, in the Hal and Inge Marcus Pavilion at Saint Martin’s on
Saturday, March 13. The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Registration will open at 7:45 a.m.
The workshop will describe how teachers can
implement the Comprehensive Intervention Model for reversing the reading
failures of struggling readers. It will incorporate both the concepts of
enhancing word study and comprehension through writing and why this
interchange is one of the critical elements of small group instruction.
A special focus will be placed on small group interventions for students
in grades 1-5.
Dr. Dorn, a professor from the University of
Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), is the developer of the Comprehensive
Intervention Model that is used extensively throughout Arkansas and in
many school districts around the country, including Washington. She has
twenty-seven years of experience in education, including teaching at the
elementary, intermediate, and college levels. She has worked with many
school districts across the United States and she has collaborated with
several state departments on comprehensive literacy initiatives. Dorn
also serves as director of the UALR Center for Literacy.
The Comprehension Intervention Model intentionally
builds this connection between reading and writing for both word study
and comprehension. Developing this “cognitive bridge” can actually
assist a child to read unknown words. According to Dorn, the link
between what a child knows about writing and spelling has been found to
be of assistance in helping that child read and develop a better
understanding for words. Even the motor process of writing the word is
beneficial. The writing process actually lifts the reading to the point
where reading more difficult words is possible. In addition, linking
reading to writing enhances students ability to think.
“We are excited to have Dr. Dorn present,” says
Maureen Siera, professor of education at Saint Martin’s University and
past WORD president. “The educational focus on RTI (response to
intervention) means we need to continue to find ways to help all
students achieve. Her model gives us another tool to use with struggling
For more information about this event, or to
register for this event, go to
www.wordreading.org. Registration for WORD members is $85 and
associate members is $45. Registration for nonmembers is $120 and
associate nonmembers is $65. There is also a discount for a team of four
from one school at $10 per attendee.
WORD is a diverse organization that includes
classroom teachers, reading specialists, consultants, administrators,
supervisors, college teachers, researchers, psychologists, librarians,
media specialists, students, and parents. WORD has more than 2,400
members in Washington and is affiliated with the International Reading
Association. For more information about WORD, go to
Saint Martin’s University is an independent
four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre
wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic
Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine
colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only
one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares
students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate
programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering.
Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious
backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension
campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia
College, and Tacoma Community College.
For additional information:
Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of Communications & Marketing
Saint Martin’s University