Reading Disabilities

Professional Development
Offered by: 
Professional Development
Special Education


In this 2-day workshop teachers will come to find a deeper understanding of reading disabilities. Teachers will explore what their struggling readers are experiencing and what they may see in the classroom as a result. This workshop will look at how a reading disability can affect a student academically, emotionally, and behaviorally. Participants will develop classroom strategies and accommodations for students with reading disabilities, as well as ways to implement strategies and accommodations effectively.

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers, Grades 5 - 12


15 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of these two days of training, in addition to outside reading and assignments (as per DESE regulations). Note that these 15 PDPs will satisfy the SPED-related requirement for recertification.


Future training dates will be announces here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • Loris Bjorkman

    Loris Bjorkman-Joslyn is a Special Education teacher at PVPA Charter School in South Hadley.  She has been teaching in Special Education for 10 years.  Loris holds a B.A. in Psychology from Mouth Holyoke College and an M.S. in Art Therapy from Springfield College.  Loris strives to help students find their full potential and value themselves as well as their work.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, the Collaborative will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 5 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you.  Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.