December 21, 2014  

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DuBard School’s Multisensory Math Course Supported by Grant

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Teaching and learning math isn’t always as easy as 1-2-3.  The DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi is offering a multisensory math workshop to educate teachers on this hands-on method of teaching mathematics to students of all levels.

Professional development courses allow the DuBard School to share their unique teaching methods so students in all educational settings can benefit from these techniques.  James and Martha Yelverton understand the importance of sharing these teaching methods.  James Yelverton, a member of the DuBard School Advisory Board, and his wife, Martha, provided a grant to support the workshop.

“I have seen the incredible sense of accomplishment in the faces of children and their families when the children leave the DuBard School and return to their home school districts.  Lives are changed,” said James. “Martha and I are very pleased to help enhance multisensory teaching skills in math.”

Multisensory Math is a new offering in the DuBard School’s line-up of professional development workshops, being held this Thursday and Friday, September 13-14.  The two-day course offers a concept-based, hands-on strategy for teaching mathematics to students at all levels, especially for those with language-learning differences.  The course will be instructed by Marilyn Zecher, M.A., CALT, of the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) based in Maryland.

“The overwhelming response we’ve received from area educators is outstanding,” said Missy Schraeder, professional development coordinator for the DuBard School.  “We’re thrilled that more teachers are learning and utilizing the multisensory method, and so thankful for the support from Mr. and Mrs. James and Martha Yelverton that allows us to continue to offer such courses.”

The 2012 Multisensory Math workshop is full; however, the DuBard School offers various professional development opportunities throughout the year.  For more information, visit www.usm.edu/dubard, or contact the school at 601.266.5223.