School librarians are well-positioned to create learning environments that support and empower students with dyslexia and other specific learning needs. So what are the techniques and approaches that will help these students thrive? Join educators Tina Berumen and Mary Kennington as they uncover common misconceptions about dyslexia and share tips and strategies to best support your students, and their families, with digital resources and literature.
Tina Berumen, MLS, serves as the coordinator of library services for Coppell ISD in Coppell, TX. Prior to this library administration role, she served as a school librarian for fifteen years at the elementary and secondary level. She earned her bachelor’s in education from the University of Texas at Arlington and her master’s of library science from Texas Woman’s University. She is a Texas certified teacher in early childhood through fourth grade, English as a second language early childhood through twelfth grade, and a certified school librarian. Tina is an active member of the Texas Library Association, Texas Association of School Library Administrators, and the Texas Computer Education Association. She has served these state organizations on various committees over the years and led professional development sessions in the areas of school librarianship, library programming, and instructional partnerships. She is passionate about ensuring equity of access to library resources for all and supporting school librarians to develop professionally. You can follow her on Twitter @tinaberumen.
Mary Kennington, MEd, LDT, CALT, serves as a middle school assistant principal in Coppell, TX. Prior to this administrative role, she served as a dyslexia diagnostician and dyslexia therapist. She earned her bachelor’s in history from the University of Arkansas, her master’s of education in special education specializing in dyslexia therapy from Midwestern State University, and her principal certification from Lamar University. She is a Texas certified teacher in early childhood through sixth grade, special education early childhood through twelfth grade, English as a second language early childhood through twelfth grade, and a certified educational diagnostician. She is also a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) and a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT). Mary has a heart for helping learners reach their full potential. She believes that the brightest children can sometimes have the hardest time learning, and that we must meet their needs in unique ways. You can follow her on Twitter @mekennington.