Comprehension Training Videos

This page includes training videos from the archives of training provided by the Tennessee Center for Dyslexia. These videos focus on the topics related to comprehension. We hope that these videos help you in your study of these topics.


Comprehension Construction Zone: A Blueprint for Instruction


Designing and delivering informed instruction requires a knowledge of the multidimensional nature of comprehension and the language processes and skills necessary for constructing meaning. It is essential for working with students who experience or who are at risk of experiencing reading difficulties, including students with dyslexia.

The workshop provides a blueprint – a master plan – for helping students acquire and access these essential skills. Participants will explore why and how to use evidence informed strategies for developing vocabulary knowledge, sentence comprehension, use of text structure, background knowledge, and inference making.

Learning Objectives

  • Acknowledge the importance of instruction aligned with the science of reading
  • Recognize the role of teacher knowledge
  • Identify the theoretical models of reading
  • Understand the complexity of comprehension
  • Introduce and connect the blueprint for comprehension to evidence informed instructional approaches and strategies

About the Presenter

NancyNancy Hennessy, M.Ed., LDT-C, educational consultant, is past president of the International Dyslexia Association and recipient of its Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award. As an experienced teacher and administrator in public schools, she provided leadership in the development of professional learning systems, innovative programming for special needs students, and a statewide revision of special education code. Nancy has consulted on varied topics ranging from professional practices to student assessment and instruction. She has designed and delivered keynote addresses as well as virtual and live workshops and training courses to educators nationally and internationally.

Nancy co-authored Module 6 of LETRS, Digging for Meaning: Teaching Text Comprehension (2nd edition) with Louisa Moats and was a national trainer for Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS). Additionally, she has written articles on varied topics as well as the chapter, Working with Word Meaning: Vocabulary Instruction, in Multisensory Teaching of Basic Skills (4th edition). She was the recipient of the International Dyslexia Association’s Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.  


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