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  • Reading Mini-Conference
    March 5, 2022
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Targeting Reading

A 1-day mini-conference on essential topics in teaching reading!

Registration is Closed.

If you didn’t register but still want to attend, contact David Bowman: director@nmrec1.org

Download the event flyer and session descriptions

Sessions on strategies for teaching each of the reading components, plus focused sessions on innovative approaches to structured literacy within MTSS and supporting students with dyslexia.

This conference is a joint effort between REC-1 and Reading Horizons.


Things to Know

DATE: Saturday, March 5
REGISTRATION CAP: 50 participants maximum
LOCATION: Henderson Fine Arts Center,
San Juan College, Farmington, NM (map)
CERTIFICATES: All participants will receive certificates.






Dive into the 6 Components of Reading
Presenter: David Bowman


(group A) The Direction of Dyslexia
Presenter: Shantell Berrett Blake

(group B) The Science of Reading and Structured Literacy in an MTSS Framework
Presenter: Paul Black


LUNCH (free, provided on site)


(group B) The Direction of Dyslexia
Presenter: Shantell Berrett Blake

(group A) The Science of Reading and Structured Literacy in an MTSS Framework
Presenter: Paul Black


Wrap-up, closing

Session Descriptions

Dive into the 6 Components of Reading, David Bowman

Teachers develop a strong understanding of the 6 components and learn strategies and instructional activities to help students gain these essential skills. Teachers learn the 6 components through engaging in proven strategies and activities for teaching reading, thus learning both what to teach and how to teach the reading skills. Teachers can make informed decisions, use engaging and effective learning activities, and help students become great readers.

The Direction of Dyslexia, Shantell Berrett Blake

This session focuses on helping teachers understand what dyslexia is, what is known from research, and how it affects students. Teachers will experience evidence-based reading strategies for students with dyslexia. And finally, teachers will learn how to address the whole individual, including their social and emotional needs.

The Science of Reading and Structured Literacy in an MTSS Framework

Teachers in both general education and intervention settings will learn strategies for mitigating students’ learning loss due to COVID-19 disruptions, particularly in literacy. Teachers will leave with a greater understanding of Structured Literacy, MTSS, and best practices to significantly improve reading proficiency across grade levels.


David Bowman, MA, MBA

REC-1 Executive Director,
Reading Specialist

David was the designer and director of the Three Rivers Reading Intervention Program, which worked with more than 2,000 teachers and 25,000 students throughout NM, CO, AZ, and TX. He holds an education leadership license (3b) and a NM reading endorsement. He is the author of Roadmap for Reading Instruction.

Shantell Berrett Blake, MA

Reading Horizons Director of Professional Services and Dyslexia Specialist

Shantell is a Dyslexia Interventionist, with certifications in Orton-Gillingham, LETRS, and CERI. She is a member of Decoding Dyslexia Utah and the International Dyslexia Association, as well as certification as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Paul Black, Ed.S, NCSP

Reading Horizons Education and Literacy Specialist

Paul has advanced degrees in Human Exceptionality and School Psychology. He has 18 years of experience as a nationally certified school psychologist helping educators identify, remediate, and monitor students’ needs, particularly in psychology, literacy, and technology.


More Information

Contact David Bowman, REC-1 Executive Director / Reading Specialist



4601 College Blvd, Farmington, New Mexico, 87401, United States


Henderson Fine Arts Center on San Juan College campus.

Address: 4601 College Blvd, Farmington, NM 87401