Cathy Sanchez-Cañez Memorial Lecture Series: Assessment and Dyslexia

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Kathleen Farrand
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  • This session will address the central components of a dyslexia evaluation, including the importance of assessing cognitive and linguistic processes, such as phonological awareness, orthographic coding, and rapid automatized naming, as well as the primary reading and writing challenges (decoding, spelling, and reading fluency). A Dyslexia Profile will be provided that can be used to summarize key findings from an evaluation. The session will also include discussion of several challenges that are inherent in the assessment of dyslexia, including difficulties with the current identification procedures; early identification of children; the accurate diagnosis of twice exceptional students; and the complication of assessing individuals who have co-occurring disorders, such as ADHD and/or language impairments.

    This series is part of the Cathy Sanchez-Cañez Memorial Lecture Series. The other sessions are:

    Cathy Sanchez-Cañez (BAE ’89) devoted more than half of her life to serving as a special education teacher in Arizona’s rural towns around her hometown of Globe, working tirelessly as a proponent for students with educational challenges.

    Beyond her teaching duties, Cathy purchased art supplies and calculators for students who could not afford them. During the holidays, Cathy and her family would “adopt” a student, providing dinners, clothes, blankets, personal care items and gifts to brighten the home of a student’s family. She was dedicated to students outside her classroom as well, working extended hours on most school days as a class sponsor, helping to build class floats, chaperoning dances and working in the concession stand at athletic events.

    When Cathy lost her life in 2019 to a flash flood in Globe, her death was felt throughout the community. Her family sponsors the Cathy Sanchez-Cañez Lecture Series as a tribute to Cathy's devotion to students; and to support Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College students, faculty, and alumni in Arizona school districts. Through the series, Cathy’s legacy of care, love and service in the field of special education will continue and grow.

    Note: CEC credits will be offered for this session.

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