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Understanding Word-Level Reading Problems: Implications for Assessment and Intervention

  • 11 Apr 2022
  • 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, 366 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA 01566
  • 2


  • A group of three from one school system. You need one primary registrant and then can register two guests. Please supply their email so information can be sent to them.

 Massachusetts School Psychologist Association

Western MA Chapter

Understanding Word-Level Reading Problems:

Implications for Assessment and Intervention

David A. Kilpatrick, PhD

Monday, April 11, 2022 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM

The presentation will focus on how children learn to read words and why some children struggle. This knowledge will be used to design more educationally relevant assessments and to guide intervention recommendations. Studies consistently show that the most commonly used reading interventions provide limited benefits. However, research has also shown that there are approaches available that yield very large and sustained reading gains for weak readers.


As a result of this conference, participants will be able to:

1.     Explain to teachers and parents how word-level reading skills develop and why some students struggle with those skills.

2.      Assemble a battery of assessments that will allow them to pinpoint precisely why a student is struggling in reading.

3.     Administer and interpret the Phonological Awareness Screening Test.

4.     Recommend to general and special educational teachers and administrators the most highly effective intervention approaches.

5.    Recommend to administrators and K-1 teachers instructional practices that will prevent most reading difficulties from occurring in the first place.

Presenter Bio 

Presenter: David A. Kilpatrick, PhD is a professor of psychology for the State University of New York College at Cortland. He is a New York State certified school psychologist with 28 years experience in schools. He has been teaching courses in learning disabilities and educational psychology since 1994. David is a reading researcher and the author of two books on reading, Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties, and Equipped for Reading Success, and is a co-editor of a third, Reading Development and Difficulties: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice.

Accommodations & Other Information

The Sturbridge Host is handicap accessible and arrangements can be made to provide necessary accommodations.

A light breakfast and lunch is served. Please email any needed accommodations or dietary restrictions to at least one week PRIOR to the workshop.

Payment Information

For those wishing to pay by purchase order, please complete registration, print or save invoice, share invoice with your district, and have district e/mail purchase order at least one week PRIOR to the event:

Alex Freeman

MSPA Program Committee

141 Dorchester Avenue, Unit 314

Boston, MA 02127

For those wishing to pay by check, please complete the registration form, print invoice, and mail check made out to MSPA at least one week PRIOR to the event:

Jonathan Mari

MSPA Treasurer

55 Cedar Street, Apartment 2

Somerville, MA 02143

Continuing Education Policy

The Massachusetts School Psychologists Association is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to offer contact hours. The DESE requires the completion of a pre-test, which is to be completed prior to the workshop start time. A post-test is also required and will be given at the end of the workshop. Participants must attend the ENTIRE CONFERENCE and satisfy state regulations in order to receive contact hours. Each participant is responsible for knowing and meeting the DESE licensure requirements.

CE HOURS: The Massachusetts School Psychologists Association is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to sponsor continuing education (CE) for psychologists. In keeping with NASP requirements, these are awarded in contact hours only. CE hours will be awarded at the close of the workshop.  MSPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Arriving more than 15 minutes late or failing to stay for the entire program will result in the inability to obtain a PD certificate. Certificates will only be distributed at the conclusion of the program to individuals who have arranged for payment.

*Please note that MSPA charges a $75 cancellation fee for cancellations received prior to the conference. *



For general inquiries, please contact


Massachusetts School Psychologists Association (MSPA)
1 Wells Avenue,  Suite 007.
Newton, MA 02459

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