Hennessy – Community Webinar

The Multifaceted Nature of Reading Acquisition:
Unraveling the Reading Rope

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. ET

Free Online Community Webinar
in partnership with Decoding Dyslexia NJ!

Hollis Scarborough’s Reading Rope provides a powerful illustration of the multiple strands of proficient reading. The rope model unravels the critical skills of word recognition and language comprehension. It directly informs our understanding of why some students succeed and some struggle and provides necessary direction for effective instruction. This session will define the strands of the rope, examine individual contributions and necessary interactions, and further develop an understanding of how skilled reading develops.




Speaker Bio: Nancy Hennessy, educational consultant and past president of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), is an experienced teacher and administrator. While in public schools, she provided leadership in the development of professional learning systems, innovative programming for special needs student, and a statewide revision of special education code. Nancy has consulted on varied topics ranging from professional practices to student assessment and instruction. She has designed and delivered keynote addresses, workshops and training to educators nationally and internationally.

Nancy co-authored Module 6 of LETRS, Digging for Meaning: Teaching Text Comprehension (2ndedition) with Louisa Moats and was a national trainer for Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS). Additionally, she has written articles on varied topics as well as the chapter, Working with Word Meaning: Vocabulary Instruction, in Multisensory Teaching of Basic Skills (4thedition). She has also developed a series of interactive e-workshops and a course on proficient reading for the AIM Institute for Learning and Research.

She is an honorary member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, the recipient of the North Carolina Branch of International Dyslexia Association’s June Lyday Orton Award 2012and the International Dyslexia Association’s Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.