Education Services

Together In Education (TiE)


DSAGC TiE Program is a partnership between area schools and the Down Syndrome Association.  The program is designed to maximize the educational experience for students with Down syndrome. Teachers are supported through resources, training, and best practices on educating students with Down syndrome.

Teaching Literacy to Students with Down Syndrome
Presented by Dr. Kathleen Whitbread
Associate Professor of Education, University of St. Joseph
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Friday, September 22, 2017
Holiday Inn Center City, 230 North College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Hotel parking is adjacent to the venue and accessed via 5th Street or 6th Street.

7:30-8:30 AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-11:30 AM - Part I
11:30-12:30 - Lunch (included)
12:30-3:30 - Part II

This session has limited seating and is only available to professional educators working in school-based classrooms.

General Pricing (Aug 8 - Sept 18):          $50 per person
Day-of-Event (cash, check or credit):     $80 per person

Session Description:
Literacy is the central focus of early schooling, yet many children with Down syndrome have received inadequate or ineffective reading instruction.  This presentation will explore current research, best practices, and practical strategies for teaching reading to this population of children.  The results of a national survey on the literacy experiences of children with Down syndrome will also be shared, highlighting school school-based practices that contribute to a strong literacy foundation.

About the Presenter:

Kathleen WhitbreadKathleen Whitbread has provided training and technical assistance to school district, families and community organizations for more than 25 years.  Dr. Whitbread specializes in evidence-based educational practices for students with significant disabilities, with specific expertise in literacy instruction for students with intellectual disabilities.  Dr. Whitbread has extensive experience in creating meaningful, legally correct Individual Education Programs (IEPs).  She maintains an active Comprehensive Special Education teaching license for K-12 and earned her Associate level certificate in Orton Gillingham reading methodology from the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators in 2012.


Parent Support

Take the Middle and Highschool Survey

Customizable Down Syndrome Info Letter for Teachers

 - Please click HERE to see letter in Google Doc

 - Go to "File" and click on "Download"

 - Save the file and then you will be able to edit and personalize it

Download the IEP 101 Webinar on YouTube

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