Technology Tools that Support Executive Functioning Skills: A Literacy Institute Speaker Series Event featuring Nanci K. Shepardson

The Literacy Institute at Woodlynde School presents an exciting event with Nanci K. Shepardson M.S.Ed., Ed.S. W.D.P., Senior Educational Technologist at Wilson Language Training®, exploring the intersection of executive functions, technology, and writing skills.

Executive functions are the mental processes that connect past experience with present action. According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, executive functions are critical to activities like planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space. Many students with dyslexia struggle with executive functions, which impacts their ability to plan and organize. These difficulties are most apparent when it comes to writing, note taking, and overall organizational ability. In this session, participants will learn more about executive functions, the strategies that support students who struggle with executive functioning, and the technological tools best suited to scaffold challenging skill sets. The Zoom link will be sent to registered participants one week prior to the event.

About Nanci K. Shepardson

Nanci Shepardson is a Reading and Educational Specialist with a BS in Preschool/Kindergarten Curriculum and Infant/Toddler Development (Wheelock College) and an M.S.Ed. in Language and Literacy and an Ed.S. in Assistive Technology (Simmons University).

A credentialed K-12 Reading Specialist and International Dyslexia Association and Wilson Reading System Dyslexia Practitioner (WRS Level 1 Certified), Nanci is a seasoned educator with years of teaching and learning specialist experience at all levels. She served as the Head of Learning Resources at The Chapin School in Manhattan before joining Wilson Language Training®. As the Senior Educational Technologist at Wilson Language Training®, Nanci works with both the Wilson Reading System® (WRS) and Technology Teams to create traditional and digital tools that will augment the WRS curriculum and materials. The parent of a grown child with dyslexia, Nanci advocates for students with disabilities and their families, consults for the International Dyslexia Association, and is sought out as a speaker on dyslexia, language-based disabilities, and assistive technology.
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergartenelementarymiddle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language- or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Challenges, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.