The Britt Henderson Training Series for Educators: Practical Evidence-Based Strategies to Improve Instruction for Students with Diverse Learning Needs

This annual series of workshops provides training for school teams that include both general and special educators. Workshops focus on innovative evidence-based practices to improve the quality of education for students with diverse learning needs. Founded in 1996, the Britt Henderson Training Series is made possible at no cost to participating schools through an endowment from the Robert and Carol Henderson family in memory of their son Britt.

Individuals and school teams are welcome to attend. When possible, school teams (e.g., general and special educators, behavior specialists, counselors, school administrators) are encouraged to attend. Participation is open to public and private schools, as well as community organizations and community members.

Workshops are led by faculty and staff at Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development who are Vanderbilt Kennedy Center researchers. Topics vary by faculty expertise and leadership. The Series Faculty Director is Elise McMillan, J.D., Co-Director of theVanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Director of Community Outreach, and Senior Associate, Department of Psychiatry.

Spring 2020: ECHO Reading

In the U.S. and around the world, students are not getting the reading instruction they need, when they need it, for complex but preventable reasons.

ECHO Reading is driven by the needs of educators like YOU!

Your Pressing Questions • Our Specialists • In Real Time

Each session, spend a full hour analyzing real cases from your classroom and receiving practical solutions from a network of peers and experts in the field – at no cost to you!

Moving Knowledge, Sharing Resources

Be a part of a learning loop:

  • Educators learn from specialists.
  • Educators learn from each other.
  • Specialists learn from educators in the field to inform future research.
  • Specialists share evidence-based practices with educators.

Learning Sessions

Date Time Topic (25 min)
Jan. 20
Location: Vanderbilt
11:30-4 pm Welcome to ECHO Reading
Feb. 5 3:30-5 pm Concepts of Print / Alphabetic Principle
Feb. 19 3:30-5 pm Phonological Awareness
March 4 3:30-5 pm Phonics
March 18 3:30-5 pm Fluency
April 1 3:30-5 pm Vocabulary
April 15 3:30-5 pm Comprehension – Narrative
April 29 3:30-5 pm Comprehension – Expository
May 13 3:30-5 pm Group pick!
End of May
Location: Vanderbilt
4:30-6:30 pm End of semester celebration!
Location: All sessions will be conducted at a distance using Zoom technology unless otherwise specified

Are you a part of the ECHO?

To register go to

For more information contact:

Sissy Peters or email