Nancy Hennessy, M.Ed., LDT-C is an educational consultant and an experienced teacher and administrator. While in public schools, she provided leadership in the development of professional learning systems, innovative programming for special needs students, and a statewide revision of the special education code. Nancy has consulted on varied topics ranging from professional practices to student assessment and instruction. She 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 past president of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the recipient of the IDA’s Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. She has designed and delivered keynote addresses as well as virtual and live workshops and training courses to educators nationally and internationally.
Concurrent Session Description
The Semantics-Syntax Comprehension Connection
(Special Ed, Dyslexia, Other Learning Challenges, Components of Literacy Instruction, General Science of Reading)
Understanding text involves multiple levels of language including sentence comprehension. While accessing word meaning is critical to comprehension, it is the syntax that provides the structure for organizing and integrating the ideas, conveyed by the words, within the sentence. Explore how syntax contributes to understanding, consider potential roadblocks & examine effective instructional activities for building sentence comprehension.
Target Audience(s): Elementary, Middle/Jr. High
Education Track(s): New to the Science of Reading, Advanced Science of Reading