Teachers Gain Strategies, Affirmation at Annual IDA Conference

Peggy TeachingThree Trident Academy teachers attended the International Dyslexia Association’s (IDA) Annual Reading, Literacy and Learning Conference. Lower School Teachers Peggy Price and Barbara Waterstradt attended along with Middle and Upper School Teacher Rhonda McKenna.

There, they heard from top experts in the field of learning disabilities, learned new strategies to implement in the classroom, and reaffirmed the quality and methodology of instruction Trident Academy provides to all students.

Mrs. Waterstradt says, “As a team, we found that all the research is pushing to teach the way that we already do at Trident Academy. It was certainly an affirmation that we are doing it right!”

Aligning curriculums with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) was a hot topic at the conference. This year Trident Academy aligned its curriculum with the CCSS to better explain where each child is on-grade level and how and when they will be ready to transition to a new school.


While at the conference, the teachers attended a full-day workshop on the CCSS and how its implementation impacts students with learning differences.


“Our students receive the direct explicit method of teaching with scaffolding and the multi-sensory approach integrated in all classes, which is in line with the recommendations,” says Mrs. McKenna. “We also ensure students are comfortable reading and understanding information text, which prepares them for high school and college.”


Trident Academy is currently using Project Read’s Report Form to help students developstructured and explicit strategies to better comprehend and write about informational text. This type of instruction was cited during the conference as one of the top outline formats to use for students with learning differences.


Several different comprehension and Common Core focused workshops emphasized the importance of note taking and outlining with a specific focus on informational text.


“My class is currently learning how to outline informational text by taking notes, differentiating supporting details from main ideas, and transferring notes into paragraph form with a topic sentence,” Mrs. Price notes.


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