Saturday, October 17, 2020

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Webinar 3:

Equipped for Reading Success: An Overview

Presented by Jesse Steif, Ed.S, NCSP and Cassandra Murphy Atkins

Saturday, October 17, 2020

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by: 

Decoding Dyslexia Florida


Are you searching for ways to teach phonological awareness to students who are struggling with beginning literacy skills?  Do you know how to assess and monitor progress students learning of phonological awareness skills?  Do you want to learn more about effective reading instruction?

Jesse and Cassandra will provide an overview of the hugely popular book and phonological awareness training curriculum Equipped for Reading Success written by Dr. David Kilpatrick.  This overview will be followed by a book study series during which participants will continue to read, reread, study, and discuss the book and curriculum with Jesse and Cassandra as the facilitators over the course of several weeks.

After the overview session on October 17, 2020, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the development of word-level reading skills in students who struggle to read.
  2. Identify assessments that will assist with the identification of student instructional needs.  
  3. Identify the Phonological Awareness Test.
  4. Describe evidence-based intervention approaches.
  5. Explain instructional practices that will prevent reading difficulties in beginning readers.  

0.15 CE CreditCredits:  (Post Test and/or Evaluation Required)


BOOK STUDY: Equipped for Reading Success by David Kilpatrick - IDA Georgia

Want to connect, engage, and exchange ideas?

Following the overview, a book study series facilitated by Jesse and Cassandra will be scheduled for participants who wish to delve deeper.


Jesse Steif, Ed.S., NCSP is a licensed and Nationally Certified School Psychologist working in both private practice and the public schools in the Tampa Bay area.  He has dedicated his career to working with families and children with Dyslexia and other learning differences.  He is an active member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).  His areas of expertise include assessment and remediation of Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Disorders, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities, and other conditions that may affect an individual’s ability to learn.

He has presented numerous workshops for parents, teachers, and administrators on topics including phonological awareness assessment and intervention, the simple view of reading as an instructional framework, anxiety and attention difficulties in children with Dyslexia, and navigating the response to intervention process for parents.  Jesse is also a certified trainer for the National Association of School Psychologist’s school safety and crisis preparedness model.

Jesse is passionate about bridging the gap between research and practice in order to improve educational and mental health outcomes for all children regardless of circumstance.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree and Florida state certification in Elementary Education and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Psychology, both from the University of Central Florida.  He currently lives in the Tampa Bay area with his wife and is an avid home cook and voracious reader.  


Financial:  No relevant financial relationship exists.  Mr. Steiff is a board member of The International Dyslexia Association – Florida Branch.

Nonfinancial:  No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.


Cassandra Murphy-Atkins

Instructional Staff Developer for Dyslexia




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