Multisensory Reading Instruction

This four-session virtual workshop (9:00am-12:30pm daily) focuses on multisensory techniques for teaching reading, spelling, and handwriting in the primary grades using the PAF Reading Program. PAF incorporates the theory and practices of Orton-Gillingham instruction into an early reading program intended to be used with groups of children at-risk for reading difficulties. PAF can also be used remedially for struggling readers, for tutoring, or as an effective beginning reading program for all children. Topics will include instructional practices supported by the latest research on developing accurate decoding and fluent reading, comprehension, lesson planning, and curriculum-based assessments.


Jun 26 - 29 2023


9:00 am

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jun 26 - 29 2023
  • Time: 5:00 am



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The Shefa Center
The Shefa Center

The Shefa Center—a hub for professional development, consultation, partnership, and training—designed to empower and equip Jewish educators and catalyze change in Jewish day schools. With The Shefa Center as a resource, many more children will blossom and thrive in mainstream Jewish day schools. As schools expand their capacity to better support a diversity of learners, student retention will increase and the quality of teaching will improve, thereby strengthening and elevating the field at large. The Shefa Center stands to make a significant impact on the field by training hundreds of teachers, who will impact thousands of students with learning disabilities enabling them to grow and flourish in their local mainstream Jewish day schools.


  • Brittany Zucker
    Brittany Zucker

    Brittany Zucker is a Lower School Reading Coordinator at the Shefa School. She is ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) certified, is certified in Orton-Gillingham at the Associate Level through the Orton-Gillingham Academy (OGA) and is a certified Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist through the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Brittany earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Masters of Science degree from Hunter College in Speech-Language Pathology. She is trained in the PAF Reading Program, Heggerty and The Hochman Method and works closely with Shefa’s lower school reading teachers by providing training and coaching. Additionally, she creates curriculum with a focus on integrating language and literacy and presents professional development workshops. Most recently, Brittany co-authored the book The Speech-Language Pathologist’s Guide To Dyslexia, which assists professionals in identifying and providing evidence-based intervention to children with dyslexia.

  • Cara Jordan
    Cara Jordan

    Cara Jordan is the Middle School Language Arts & Writing Coordinator and was a founding lead teacher at the Shefa School. Cara graduated with her B.A. in English from the University of Michigan and completed her Masters in Childhood Regular and Special Education and Literacy from Manhattanville College. Prior to joining Shefa, she was a Language Arts and Writing teacher at the Windward School in White Plains. With over 12 years of teaching experience, Cara collaborates with and mentors the Language Arts and Writing teachers as well as creates curriculum with a focus on integrating the Language Arts and Writing program throughout content areas. She presents professional development workshops in reading, vocabulary and strategies for writing and study skills. Cara has extensive experience with The Hochman Method and the PAF Reading Program and provides training and coaching to teachers in their implementation of the programs.

  • Deirdre McKechnie
    Deirdre McKechnie

    Deirdre “Dee” McKechnie is a Lower School Reading Coordinator at the Shefa School. She was formerly Coordinator of Educational Outreach for The Windward Institute and for the past three years has provided PAF professional development to individual schools and teachers. Additionally, she was a Language Arts and Writing teacher in Windward’s Lower School for six years, where she taught 2nd and 3rd grade. Dee earned her Bachelor of Science in communication studies from Northwestern University and completed her postgraduate degree in education at the Institute of Education, University of London. During her twenty-plus years of experience, she has served as a reading support teacher in a general education school and has used multisensory reading instruction in a range of educational settings. She is also a certified IMSLEC (The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council) Instructor. Dee was the recipient of the Sandi Galst Scholar award, which recognizes an outstanding Windward reading teacher.

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