Cathy Sanchez-Cañez Memorial Lecture Series: Dyslexia 101

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  • This introduction will focus on basic fundamental knowledge of dyslexia and how this reading disorder impacts both academic and emotional development. The session will cover various definitions of dyslexia, the major characteristics of dyslexia, a little bit of history, a brief update on dyslexia laws, and a little on brain research. 

    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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